Feeling Overwhelmed when trying to Improve Control?

Melinda Seed writes for Twice Diabetes
Melinda Seed writes for Twice Diabetes

Is it any wonder we can feel overwhelmed?

Eat healthy, lose weight, test basals, test boluses, count carbs, know GI factors, check bsl 10 times a day, cut down saturated fat, control your cholesterol, exercise, don’t sit…….

I know when I start to think about “improving control” there are so many things to think about you can either get analysis paralysis or then, who hasn’t suffered the frustration of enthusiastically launching into a get fit/healthy program only to hypo massively at the end of day one and your diet plans fade away amongst the detritus of emptied jellybean, biscuit and chocolate packets.

It’s all too overwhelming, either to think about or to cope with all at once. There’s a cliche “it’s a marathon not a sprint” and that’s true for diabetes.  Sporting metaphors don’t really do it for me, so I prefer to think of it like taking each year of school at a time. You’d fail if you were expected to do calculus in Kindergarten, right?  It’s a bit like that, one step or lesson at a time is all you can do.

Choose one action that will move you forward from where you are now, even if it’s tiny, just get started.  Say it’s reducing your a1c then choose 1 thing, for example, making sure that without fail you test last thing before you go to bed and first thing when you wake up-or whatever other action you think might help. Getting your overnight sugars right (well as right as they can ever be, you know what I mean) can have a really big impact on your a1c and it’s while you’re sleeping, so win-win.

Similarly if you’re at the doctors and get some sort of lecture about improving your control, ask what is the one thing you can do to have the most impact on improving your a1c. You don’t have to agree with the doc about the particular action if you don’t want to but it is an effective way of focusing on something practical rather than the overwhelming notion of “improving your control”.

What’s the one thing you can do today?

I think I need to go for a walk.

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