7 Self-Care Strategies for Managing Your Diabetes
Schedule exercise the way you would any must-attend event or activity. And be specific, noting not just the date but also the time, place, and type of exercise.
Take a moment to check the expiration date on your diabetes supplies and medications. When you store them, make sure the earliest date is at the front of your medicine cabinet so you’ll be sure to use them before they expire.
Stick to your eating plan during the holidays by offering to bring your favorite diabetes-friendly dish to a party or get-together.
To see how your body responds to a meal, check your blood glucose before eating and again two hours after the start of the meal. It takes about that long for the numbers on your meter to reflect the full rise in glucose.
If you come down with the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible. There’s no cure for it, but taking antiviral medications can lessen the symptoms and duration and may help prevent complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
The holiday season is a good time to give thanks for what you have. Studies suggest an attitude of gratitude can help relieve stress, improve your mood, and boost your health. Keep a journal of all the things you’re grateful for. It’ll act as a reminder of the positives in your life.
Diabetes can damage your nerves, so you might not feel a scrape or sore. Be sure to check your feet every day for redness, blisters, and cuts. If you discover a wound, let your doctor know right away.
Sources: Donna Stevens, DNP, CRNP, CDE, BC-ADM, nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital; Beverly Adler, PhD, CDE, clinical psychologist in private practice in Baldwin, New York.