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4 Tips to Stay Positive When Living with Diabetes

4 Tips to Stay Positive When Living with Diabetes

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.

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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

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.

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    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

    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.

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      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

      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.

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        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.

        Signing Off

        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.

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        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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