For a person living with a chronic illness like diabetes, each day comes with extra planning. Unlike other people, the average day for people with this condition requires a lot of forward thinking and other factors to consider. Visiting a family practice doctor who specializes in diabetic care is highly recommended. It’s important that you manage your diabetic condition by coming up with small, tangible steps that will help you overcome burnout and distress thereby improving your everyday life. Here are tips to help you stay healthy and keep smiling.
Take your Medication
First things first, taking your medication should be so obvious as it will help you live a long, happy, and healthy life. Of course, living with this condition can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t what to ignore your medication, whether in injections or pill form.
Dine out Right
Well, no one said you should eat a special ‘diabetes diet.’ There’s no such a thing. What you need is a healthy nutritious diet. Making healthy choices isn’t an option. If you’re visiting a friend during the holiday, you might want to request for some modifications to the menu. It’s not going to always be easy to stick to a healthy diet. However, it’s possible when you prepare and plan ahead of time. Avoid junk food, cakes, fizzy drinks, cakes, and refined carbohydrates. These foods aren’t good for you.
Make Exercise Fun and Easy
The goal is to stay active. Slowly ease into an exercise routine that works for you. You could start with something as simple as walking and jogging. At least get thirty to sixty minutes of exercise most days of the week. Of course, you’ll have to plan ahead for this to work, especially if you have a busy schedule. Choosing activities you enjoy doing will motivate you to keep exercising. Whether it’s walking, gardening, bike riding, swimming or running, be sure to find time to be active each day.
Ask for Support and Consider Joining a Community
You need a team that can not only educate you and hold you accountable but also support you when it comes to clarifying your struggles and thoughts and improving your blood sugar management. Whether you think you’re well controlled or you’re still trying to get yourself together, it’s important you seek support from family, friends, or your doctor. You don’t have to be alone. Remember this is a chronic condition and it’s exhausting and relentless. Joining a community will help you cope up with all the struggles and daily irritations about the condition.
Check your Levels often
No matter how long you’ve had your condition and how much you know about it, you still need to keep going for regular checkups. That’s one way to keep your motivation up. You also have to check your blood sugar levels often. You want to be aware of where you are at the moment so you can know the best decisions to make when it comes to meals and activities. Work hand in hand with your clinic or doctor to monitor the condition and implement the necessary changes in your daily routine.
In conclusion, there are other small steps that can help you manage this condition including getting enough sleep, managing your stress, and adjusting your attitude to focus your energy on things you can control. The chronic condition doesn’t have to hold you back or limit you from traveling, eating well at home, going to school, working, and doing other things you enjoy. Just be sure to plan yourself well with the mentioned steps.…