Reaching Your Diabetes Goals and Rewarding Management
In the fast paced world we live in, people are always trying to juggle several things at once. Many people feel burnt out and stressed a lot of the time. So many things demand our attention all throughout the day. Finding time for solace and serenity is precious and rare. Then, there are those of us that manage chronic conditions on top of everything else. Don't we deserve a pat on the back?!
Oddly, as I've been struggling to balance the demands of being a working mom, I've found my diabetes to be an area that provides me with a great sense of personal accomplishment. When so many things are out of control, it's nice to have something that I can literally "control."
Also, when things feel chaotic and I'm dropping the ball in little ways on a regular basis, I find comfort in reminding myself how much I'm handling, plus managing my diabetes day in and day out. When something's gone wrong that I could easily beat myself up for, instead I tell myself, "You're doing a lot, and you do a pretty darn good job!" I guess it's like turning the "victim" attitude on its head. When times are tough, instead of feeling like, "Why me? Why did I have to get diabetes?" it's more constructive and healthy to think, "Wow, look at all I have to deal with, plus managing my diabetes!"
Whether your A1c is 5.9% or 9.9% the fact is that dealing with diabetes is difficult and your efforts should be acknowledged regularly. Sometimes people who love us will notice our effort and applaud us, which is nice. However, the only person who truly understands what you do each day to keep yourself healthy is you. Being able to acknowledge your own efforts can be a great source of strength and a sense of personal satisfaction.
Although rewards are fun, the type of acknowledgement I'm referring to isn't about any tangible thing you can reward yourself with. Rather, it's just the ability to sit back at the end of the day and know that you were productive, even if the only thing you really achieved was keeping your blood sugar under control. That, in and of itself, is important and praise worthy!