How to Overcome a Health Setback

Experiencing a setback along the journey to better health can cause anxiety about your goals and the potential of losing progress. But the good news is – it’s temporary. You will heal and get back on track if you stay committed to practicing health habits. So, as you recover, use these tips to keep your health on track and your head held high!

1. Encourage yourself.


Stay motivated with positive thoughts that you can and WILL accomplish your goals. Write encouraging notes to yourself and post them around your house. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a positive mindset.

2. Make healthy meals a priority.

A pencil lying on a blank weekly meal planner

Healthy food nourishes your body and is pivotal for weight loss and recovery.  Focus on eating healthy from day to day. Try weekly meal planning to support healthy choices, and eat 4-5 small meals a day to help regulate your blood sugar and boost your metabolism.

3. Take your medication on time.


Medication helps stabilize and restore your health, so it’s incredibly important to stick to your daily medication schedule. Your daily dosage is calculated to help control your blood sugar levels. Skipping medication limits your recovery, and can cause a negative shift in your blood sugar.

4. Drink water.


If you’re dehydrated, your body draws the water it needs from your tissues, which can slow your healing time. Drinking water helps control your blood sugar levels and flush your body with the water it needs to function and recover.

5. Move as much as you can, when you can.


A health setback can weaken your stability and strength, so it’s important to slowly add activities to help strengthen and stabilize your movement.  Ask family or friends to walk with you for support.  Don’t focus on the length or intensity, just get your body moving. Use good posture and keep your abdomen tight when walking. As you progress, add strength exercises using a chair or seated resistance band exercises to build your strength.  Below are exercises to try once your doctor lifts your activity restrictions.

Need a little extra support? Reach out to your Care Team for more guidance along the road to recovery.

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