3 Tips for a Happy and Healthy 2020
1. Look after Yourself
Diabetes can be exhausting and difficult to live with. Whether you have recently been diagnosed and feel overwhelmed, or have lived with diabetes for years and have become drained with the everyday relentless nature of the condition, you are not alone.
Talking about how you feel isn’t always easy but the sooner you start a conversation the quicker you will relieve some of the frustration. Family members are often good listeners, or you might find your GP or healthcare team can help. You could find a psychologist who specialises in diabetes or you may prefer to talk to others with diabetes on one of the many online forums. If you are a reader, Ginger Vieira’s book Dealing with Diabetes is a humorous and inspiring guide to recharging and getting back on track after burnout.
Be kind to yourself. You may not meet every health care goal as quickly as you’d like but the fact you are even reading this means you are trying, and that is worth celebrating!
2. Get Organised
Is it time to Maria Kondo your diabetes supplies? Take your expired medications to the pharmacy for disposal and while you are there you might like to book a Medscheck appointment to review the medications you are currently taking. Or, for a more in-depth consultation, make an appointment with your GP to organise a Home Medicines Review.
Once you’ve tidied up your supplies, get your essentials organised in one of the many wallets and travel cases designed especially for people with diabetes. There’s everything from glitzy evening bags, to hard back cases in fun designs, through to understated wallets.
The start of the year is the perfect opportunity to get on top of your Annual Cycle of Care. Use the time to see your GP to check how your diabetes is going and reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications. Remember, if you have diabetes, you are eligible for five subsidised visits to allied health professionals, such as a dietitian or a podiatrist, a year. This resets annually in January, so now’s the time to get organised and make the most of your entitlements.
3. Keep Learning
Your local state or territory diabetes organisation is the best place to go to for details of workshops, events and online learning courses suitable for you and your type of diabetes. There’s plenty to choose from including free exercise classes such as Beat It, the DESMOND course for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Shop Smart classes that teach you how to decode food labels, understand carbohydrates, portion sizes and the glycemic index, and OzDAFNE a highly-commended workshop for those with type 1 diabetes.
Stay motivated and we hope 2020 is a great year for you.