Managing Type 2 diabetes is constant – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – which can be tiring, unmotivating, and overwhelming. When the busyness of life sets in or motivation drops, bad habits and negative thoughts may creep in – “It’s too hard to manage my diabetes,” “Living healthy isn’t for me,” “Do I REALLY need to exercise and eat healthy?”
Truth is—you won’t always be motivated to make the best choices for your health. That’s okay, you’re only human. The key to success is to use strategies that make it easier to stay motivated or stay consistent when you feel like you “just can’t do it.”
First, change your mindset. Stop thinking of your health journey as a battle against diabetes. Instead tell yourself, “I’m working towards a happy, healthy life.” When you focus on the positive outcomes of managing diabetes, it will naturally boost your motivation. You are alive and you have the opportunity to live a full, healthy life!
Start by asking yourself these questions:
What’s my “Why For Wellness?” Why is it important to ME to manage my blood sugar, eat healthy and exercise?
Every reason to begin this health journey is unique and personal. It’s important to recognize the “why” because it’s the most powerful motivator to keep going. Whether you want to lower your blood pressure, decrease the tingling in your feet, dance with your daughter at her wedding, prevent kidney problems, feel better, or live longer, that’s for you to decide.
What is a small step I can take right now that will help me reach my health goals?
The magnitude of big goals combined with our desire to feel accomplished can be overwhelming and deflate motivation. That’s why taking small steps is easier to manage and keeps you feeling successful. Start with a brisk walk around the neighborhood, eat more vegetables with dinner tonight, make an appointment with your doctor — act on something right now.
How can my family and friends support me?
Don’t do this alone. Lean on your loved ones to cheer you on and hold you accountable. Make it social by inviting them to exercise. Eating is a social activity and your family or friends can support your healthy diet. Communication is so important here—speak up about what is helpful and what is harmful, so they know how to best support you.
Am I taking control of my diabetes or is my diabetes controlling me?
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, your blood sugar levels may still be off, or you may experience health complications. Remind yourself this is a short-term setback and you are in control of your health. Every action and healthy decision counts.
How close am I to reaching my goals?
Seeing your accomplishments is motivating, but if you aren’t tracking your progress, you won’t realize how far you’ve come. The Wellsmith app tracks your progress, so take the time to review how you are doing – celebrate your success and learn what to change to reach your goals for the following week.
Remember, motivation is a choice that can be made at any time. It might not always be easy, but if you choose to take control of your health, you can improve the quality of your life. How do you stay motivated with diabetes?