3 Lessons On Resilience You Learn Being Diagnosed With Diabetes At 254 min read
Michelle Roberts is a YouTube vlogger who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the young age of 25. Her story and stories like hers have become more common as diabetes grows in younger generations. Watching Michelle’s health journey can teach us a few lessons on resilience.
Keep calm and carry on
Whether your diet and lifestyle is perfectly healthy or not, being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t make you any lesser of a person. Beating yourself up over your diagnosis and focusing on the past won’t help you move forward.
To get past any setback in life it’s important to first let go of the feelings of anger, shame or confusion that are brought up when we lose control over a situation.
Life is complicated. Sometimes things spiral beyond our control without warning. All we can do in those moments is remind ourselves this situation is temporary, and channel our new level of awareness for the better.
Stay in the present
For most young people the thought of having to take medicine everyday is a scary one. Remember, your prescription isn’t for a life supply. Your doctor recommending that you take prescription medications now, doesn’t mean you’ll need them in the infinite future to keep your blood sugars at a healthy level.
Medications prescribed by doctors can take the pressure off of you while you figure out which natural therapies are helping you the most. What works for one person may not work as quickly or effectively on you. Just as you may need to request a change in your medication due to side effects, you may need to test out many natural therapies and treatments before finding the ones that work for you.
You are the change you need
As the saying goes, “Change is constant”. Change won’t always be easy to deal with, but it’s a part of life. Things are always changing in our lives. We can either allow change to happen to us, or cause changes to happen.
It is absolutely possible for you to reverse your diabetes, so long as you set goals that keep both your mental and physical wellbeing in perspective. Diabetes is a complicated health condition that will take time to learn and unravel.
Exercising more regularly may be enough for some people to reverse their diabetes. For others, exercise is already be a staple part of their routine. It could be that different cooking or even stress control methods have the biggest impact on their blood sugars.Figuring out what works for your body will take time—and lots of support.
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