How can I live a Fulfilling Life with Diabetes?

What does living a fulfilled life mean?   The top few most common answers include being happy and being healthy. In general, it largely involves feelings of satisfaction and achieving the goals you set for yourself.

What are some challenges I’ll face in living a fulfilled life if I have diabetes?

Having diabetes may make you feel jaded and lethargic. You might feel that there is no time to achieve the goals you want. You may feel overwhelmed when dealing with diabetes.

The jump in lifestyle (change in diet, exercise, monitoring your glucose levels) can be extremely intensive, and stressful. How can I deal with so many things at once? Can I have the life I once lived?

How can I live a fulfilling life?

Yes you can. You can, if you change your mindset. It’s not about having living the life you once lived. Whoever said that that’s the most fulfilling way? Life is about living it forward, not backward.

With diabetes, it does not mean you cannot have a fulfilling life. HOW can you live a fulfilling life?

1. Focus on your top 3 goals

Let’s take a pen and paper. Write down the top 3 goals that are most important to you. Write down 1 thing you can do each week to get closer to this goal.

Let’s take an example. I want to be able to travel the world and experience the world’s cuisines.

How can I get there?

2. Get started. Take action everyday.

1. Save the money. Save $5 every day (have you read about the $5 savings challenge?) and reward yourself with a trip to somewhere you want to go.

2. Taste the cuisines you want. Taste, not indulge in a buffet. Portion control is key here.

3. Share the delicious foods with your loved ones. Travel with someone, share the travel experience and the food! This helps to reduce portion sizes instantly.

4. Test your blood glucose levels 2h after meals you have never tried before. This gives you an insight on how this new meal affects your body, and you can better evaluate how often you can have this meal.

3. When the going gets tough, lean on someone you love.

There will be days where all you want to do, is to be upset with the situation. You might wish to rant, to be frustrated, and feel demoralised. On days like this, lean on someone you love. Rant to them and ask them to listen to your frustrations. They will be the strongest support you’ll ever need.

If you are more of a solo person, this quote may help on some days:

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself” – Brian Andreas

There is a local online community (for Singapore) on Facebook called Diabetes SG that’s managed by a team of healthcare professionals from GlycoLeap. Feel free to join our group if  you wish to share about your experiences in dealing with diabetes, or to ask any burning questions about it. We can be your support team too.

If you need that extra nudge in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can consider GlycoLeap too.

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In conclusion

You can still lead a fulfilling life, no matter how bleak things may seem to you at one point in time.

When the going gets tough and you feel overwhelmed, remember the 3 tips:

1. Focus on your top 3 goals

2. Get started. Take action everyday

3. When the going gets tough, lean on someone you love

If you have any questions or feedback about this article, drop me a message at elizabeth.chew@holmusk.com and I’ll be happy to help!