Use the Winter Solstice to Set Diabetes Goals

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The new year starts this Monday, December 21, and we can celebrate it with good intentions for our diabetes health.

Most people celebrate ten days later on what our calendar says is New Year’s Eve. After a night of partying, it’s typical to respond with good intentions to turn over a new leaf in the next 365 or 366 days. These resolutions are made to be broken because we not only aim too late but we also aim too high.

We Can Do Better

We can do better when we celebrate the Winter Solstice this coming week, if we live in the Northern Hemisphere. In the United States it’s coming on Monday night, but in other parts of the world it will come on Tuesday. To see exactly when it will arrive where you live, you can check TimeAndDate.com.

The Winter Solstice marks the first day of winter. It is the shortest day of the year so it is longest night.

After this, it only gets better, at least in terms of the amount of light that we get from the sun. That’s when our ancient ancestors celebrated, and we can too. And this is why we celebrate this holiday season at approximately this date.

Approximately is good, but we now know the precise date of the Earth’s turning toward the light, and we can use it to our advantage. Our advantage is to reflect on this turning with our own turning toward better health.

Setting Goals We Can Reach

We don’t need to make huge promises to ourselves that we can’t keep, but we can’t afford to set our goals too low either. Either way would be counterproductive to good health. What we need to do is to identify one area where we know we are lacking and vow to work on it. We need that to have a goal, and it needs to be a moderate one that we can reach.

The area could be losing a few more pounds down to a specific weight that we think we can achieve by the time another year rolls around. It could be to get out for a walk at least five times a week. It could be to eat out less often or otherwise follow a more healthy diet.

These are just suggestions based on my experience of managing my type 2 diabetes for the past 21 years. I know what I want to achieve before the next Winter Solstice. Do you?

See more of my articles about how to manage diabetes:

Successful Diabetes Resolutions

Beginning Anew With Diabetes

Setting Goals for Diabetes Management