If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you’re sure to be troubled by a lot of emotions. “Why did it happen to me?” “What am I going to do?” Anger, fear, confusion, and a mixture of many other emotions can overpower you after a diagnosis.
Living with diabetes is not as difficult as you may think. There are ups and downs, but you can still stay positive. The key to living well with diabetes is to have balance. Diabetes is now a part of you. You cannot ignore it and move on. You have to live with it. Your doctor will be there to help you develop a management plan, and maintain balance.
A healthy diet plan, regular exercise, and proper management of your blood sugar levels will ensure healthy living with diabetes. However, for all of these efforts to work, you need to stay motivated. Try to adopt these 4 mood-boosting strategies to stay positive:
1. Remember: You Are Not Alone
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that around 29 million people in America suffer from diabetes. Worldwide, approximately 415 million people have the disease.
When you’re going through dire times, having a strong support system always helps. And what better support system than people who are going through the same thing as you? With hundreds of millions of other diabetics around the world, it’s relatively easy to build a strong support system.
Connect with people who understand what you’re going through in online forums and support groups to remind yourself that you are not alone.
2. Stick To a Diabetes Management Plan
As mentioned earlier, if you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and take prescribed medications, it becomes much easier to control diabetes. When you control your blood sugar levels, you feel stronger and more motivated. Your body feels better and healthier, which naturally impacts your mental state. You will also sleep better, and be better prepared to deal with whatever challenges come your way.
It’s important to stay in touch with your doctor so that you’re aware of your latest numbers, such as your glucose level, blood pressure, A1C level, and cholesterol level. You could also invest in an automatic blood glucose monitor to help you stay on top of things.
It’s important to take every step necessary to keep your blood sugar levels under control. If you don’t properly manage your diabetes, you will increase your risk of complications like eye problems, kidney issues, and nerve damage.
3. Find a Health Care Provider for Yourself
We know that diabetes is a disease that’s with us 24/7. It requires ongoing management and treatment for life. You need to take the wheel, and take control of the disease. But you don’t have to do it alone.
It’s important to find a health care provider who will be a strong partner to you. Someone to help you plan, and manage your diabetes treatment. They can help you stay on track and properly manage your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
Look for a quality, well-informed provider who uses the latest treatments, technological innovations, and proven strategies to help you prevent major complications from the disease.
4. Be Kind to Yourself: Indulge a Little
It’s okay to have a slice of cake, or maybe a homemade dessert every now and then. As long as it’s not a daily habit, allow yourself to have the occasional sweet treat. A small indulgence may help you stay on track, and prevent unnecessary diabetes burnout.
You can also reward yourself for small victories over diabetes with other types of treats. For example, you can go to the movies, treat yourself to a spa day, visit the salon, or play a game of golf.
Focusing too much on the negative aspects of living with diabetes can be exhausting for your mind and body. Exhaustion can fuel the disease even further.
“Yes, I can live a full life.” This should be your attitude if you have diabetes. Diabetes may be irreversible, but adjusting your outlook can help you stay positive, and prevent long-term complications.
Be sure to stay educated about diabetes, and build a support network for emotional support. Are you living with diabetes? Share your experiences in the comments below.