While the New Year is a great time to reflect, reset and set new
goals, making resolutions can also be stressful, especially when
you live with diabetes.
So, this year, it might be worth trying a different
Why not start with what will help you feel good about yourself
and enjoy life more? When you put it into practice, the health
benefits will follow.
Here are five tips to help you make a positive start to the
Sign up for a new activity
What's something you've always wanted to try but haven't? Maybe
it's taking a dance class or joining a walking club. Trying
something new can be fun, and changing your routine can give you a
real boost. You'll not only feel good about challenging yourself,
the health benefits that will follow will be great for your body
and mind. Check out our factsheet on physical activity for some new
ideas or sign up for our group exercise program Beat
Try meditation and mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to help diffuse
stress. When you meditate, you focus on a sound, object, your
breathing or movement. This increases your awareness of the present
moment, which reduces stress and promotes relaxation. Being mindful
during meditation is to be aware of your thoughts and feelings
without judging them as good or bad. There are plenty of resources
for learning how to meditate or be more mindful, from books and
classes to apps that guide you through the process and help calm
your active mind.
Find out more about how mindfulness and meditation can help lift
Make a new habit
Consider what change you could make in your life that you'd feel
good about. Maybe it's getting to bed half an hour earlier,
watching less TV or walking around the block each day. Once you've
decided on your new habit put a reminder on your calendar and try
to stick to it.
Try a new eating pattern
Instead of berating yourself for what you've been doing wrong,
consider changing your eating pattern. It could be as simple as
adding one more serving of fruit and vegetables to your daily
If you are thinking of changing your eating patterns and habits
talk to your diabetes care team to make sure the changes will work
for you and meet your personal nutritional needs. Some fads can be
unhealthy, especially for people with diabetes, such as cleanses
and detoxes, so steer clear of those.
Check out our helpful hints and factsheets about healthy eating with
Re-evaluate your medication
Schedule an appointment with your GP to discuss all the medications and supplements you're taking.
Maybe some of the doses need readjustment. Perhaps you no longer
need some of them, or there is a new medication you can take that
might work better for you.
A New Year is an opportunity to revitalize your life. So take
the time to think about what you might like to do differently and
talk to your diabetes healthcare team - they can help you
make the choices that are right for you.