Today's prompt: Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we've done that and we can help others do it too?
There are times I have to depend on little phrases as a pep talk to help me through the day, whether or not it's diabetes related. One of my favorite phrases right now is "Just smile and nod." It works for so many situations.
Diabetes related, my favorite phrase is "Moderation not deprivation." I learned that from a dietitian during one of my pregnancies. I had gestational diabetes with all five of my children, so this bit of advice came in handy while I was stressing about dealing with diabetes during pregnancy. Since my Type 2 diagnosis, I've kept this mantra.
Moderation is the key to every part of my life. I try not to keep our schedule too full. I try to eat healthy, while letting everyone had special snacks now and then.
Life is a balancing act, and sometimes diabetes throws off that balance. However a smile, a nod, and all things in moderation can help get through most situations.