Many traditional New Year’s resolutions revolve around improving health, love, or money. All of these are wonderful aspirations to have, but for people with a chronic illness like diabetes, many of these goals have hidden layers that can impact the likelihood of our success. Type 1 diabetes is a very nuanced illness to live with and manage. When it comes to making resolutions for the New Year, there are a plethora of goals (that stray from the traditional) to aim for that will increase our quality of life.
The great thing about setting new, chronic illness-related intentions for the upcoming year is that they don’t have to be a main focus. There are plenty of small goals and habits to focus on that will improve your everyday life. Whether it’s related to mental health, physical health, or just getting out of your comfort zone, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to setting realistic New Year’s resolutions.
Here are some important tips to remember when setting resolutions with an illness like type 1 diabetes…
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Make Them Realistic
When it comes to setting resolutions, the most important way to ensure success is to make sure they are honest and realistic. Take a moment to think about your current relationship with diabetes. Write down some weakness when it comes to living with diabetes and narrow it down to one or two things you’d like improve. Don’t take on too much!
Be specific on how you plan to tackle these weaknesses and set up a plan for execution. Take the time to create a well thought out plan that includes any obstacles that might pop up along the way. Consider how these obstacles can be handled and any problem solving that might be necessary. If you’re stuck on how you’d like to improve your relationship with diabetes this upcoming year, below are some ideas and goals in different categories of overall health to help get the ball rolling.