Everyone with type 2 diabetes has to take care of themselves. Self care for type 2 diabetes is extremely important and involves some daily tasks that should be a part of your daily routine. Some of these tasks vary and your doctor will be the first one to tell you exactly what you need to do to take better care of yourself, but I wanted to give you a list of some of my daily tasks that help me keep my diabetes under control.
These self care tips can also be used by people who do not have type 2 diabetes. Overall self care is important for everyone. Setting aside a part of your day (30-45 minutes) is all you need, and it will help you lead a healthier, happier life.
Self Care Tips for Type 2 Diabetics
- Eat a balanced diet – what does balanced diet actually mean? My best advice is to talk it over with your endocrinologist and dietician what would be the best diet for managing your condition. Preparing a diet plan with your doctor is important. They will take into account your personal preferences as well as your dietary needs (calories, the amount of carbohydrates etc.). However, that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning and discovering. I believe it is important to learn as much as you can about what food suits you best. Because no diabetes is the same. I wrote a little bit about my meal plan here: Creating Healthier Habits – Sample Meal Plan
- Drink plenty of water – We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Drink water before every meal (including snacks). Especially during summer.
- Track your daily food and water intake as well as your emotions – One of the best things I did for controlling my condition was tracking my food and water intake. I write ahead my meal plan and then see if I actually did well. And I am honest about it. I also write how I felt. You can check out the free type 2 diabetes tracker in my freebie section if you like.
- Check your feet daily – type 2 diabetes self care has to include checking your feet daily. Why? Because feet are extremely sensitive for type 2 diabetics and we often don’t feel or see any little bruises, skin issues etc. And these can cause problems. Make sure to include this step in your daily self care routine. It will take you two minutes.
- Exercise regularly – no excuses! It is extremely important to move. Walk, dance, do yoga, vacuum doing lunges. Do whatever it takes. If you need some extra motivation and you are too shy to join the gym, I have a list of my favorite online fitness programs (includes a variety from cardio to yoga to dancing).
- Ask for support – from forums, online support groups, family, and friends, and your doctor. There are numerous online support groups and resources you can find. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed and in need of support, you don’t have to go through it alone. It is ok to have all those feelings and it is also ok to ask for help. You can also use various breathing exercises and meditation to ease the stress. Plus it also helps with blood pressure.
- Be kind to yourself and love yourself – I met so many people with type 2 diabetes (myself included) who were beating themselves up for getting it in the first place. Don’t. Just, don’t! There is no point in beating yourself up. Make the most of it and do your best NOW!. Be kind to yourself, be your own best friend and take care of yourself.
- Enjoy Life – Remember that this condition is not what defines you. Live life and enjoy it to the fullest despite the condition.
P.S. You can print out this graphic from above in .pdf form here if you wish. I have other printable goodies to help you with creating healthier habits in the freebie section of my blog.
What is your self care routine? Do you find time for yourself?
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