7 Self-Care Strategies for Living Well and Managing Diabetes
Keeping your water bottle on hand isn’t the only way to make sure you stay hydrated during the hot summer months. Foods such as tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and berries are loaded with H2O.
If your infusion set won’t stay stuck on hot, humid days, try using a skin prep, such as Mastisol or Skin Tac, or adhesive dressing to reinforce it.
Your smartphone can make it easier to mind your meds. Use the Notes app or download a different app to keep an up-to-date list of your prescriptions. If you take more than a few, the log can help you keep track. And set alarms to remind you to take them.
Surrounding yourself with nature helps put some of life’s stresses in perspective. Take a walk outdoors to calm your mind.
Treating yourself to a pedicure? People with diabetes are at risk for foot infections, so ask your health care provider if it’s OK to have one and whether you should skip certain aspects. If you get the green light, pick a reputable salon and ask about sterilization procedures.
Summer is a great time to break an exercise rut. Take a bike ride, learn to swim, go on a hike, or join a softball or volleyball league.
Keep a record of your daily blood glucose levels and review them once a week. Take the log with you to every health appointment. That way, you and your provider can discuss glucose trends and use the data to make decisions about your diabetes care.
Sources: Timika Chambers, MSN, RN, CDE, spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators; Kellie Rodriguez, RN, MSN, MBA, CDE, director of the Global Diabetes Program at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.