Ultimately, what motivates you may not motivate others. To find out what works best, try some of these strategies shared by others living with diabetes.
Think about your best life with diabetes, rather than focusing on the negative. Spend more time with people you enjoy and do the things that make you happy. While you can’t always do what you want every day, set aside time to do the things you love to do, which makes living with diabetes much more tolerable.
Try to replace high-carb snack foods with nuts or veggies and keep less-healthy choices on a higher shelf where they are hard to reach. It also helps when you don’t see them every time you open the cabinet!
It’s not that you want to burden others with your diabetes. But when you find someone who’s willing to encourage you, and maybe even help you make positive adjustments, it’s a game changer.
Set short- and long-term goals. Most important, set goals that are achievable, realistic, and timely.
When you first learn that you have diabetes, it’s easy to be in denial. When you finally accept it, you may be able to take steps to manage it and stop letting it overtake you.
Try breaking diabetes into small pieces. For instance, take it one meal or snack at a time. It simplifies the disease and doesn’t make it seem overwhelming. And, don’t beat yourself up if you stray from your planned meals, snacks, and physical activity. That happens to everyone.
Consider writing in a “gratitude” journal every day. You may be grateful for family, friends, and the ability to communicate with your health care team via technology. You may be grateful for your walking buddy who encourages you to keep going even when it’s drizzling outside! Or, you may be grateful for your friends in the diabetes community who encourage you to keep going every day and take your medication as prescribed.