“I have diabetes. How can I be happy?” Someone had asked one of GlycoLeap users*. He replied, “Yes you can be happy. But what’s difficult is whether you choose to see diabetes as ‘the-end-of-the-world’ or see it as a part of your life now and make the best of it. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.”
After all, we only have one life to live.
To hold on to the idea that living life the way you did ‘before diabetes’ is the one you need to be happy, is to believe that only the past matters when all the past really means are memories! Letting go of this thought is to allow yourself to live the best life possible – no matter what life throws at you.
It’s never easy. But we deserve a colourful life filled with happiness despite the struggles we face! These 3 habits can help us live a life that’s happier than before. Diabetes is a part of our life now but that doesn’t mean happiness no longer is.
1. Focus on what can be changed.
Not everything in life can be 100% understood or changed. Be aware of what we can address and what we cannot. We can’t change the fact that we have diabetes. What we can change are how we respond to it: the emotions we feel towards it, and the way we manage the stress that comes with it (Click here to learn some tips on managing stress). To change the way you feel about diabetes, we must accept that it’s now a truth in our lives and to take heart that happiness is STILL in the equation. It’s about finding the strength to accept it, realise that it’s ok and we will learn from this, and trust that we have the capability to make positive changes. In a nutshell: Accept it. Be aware that we will learn from it. Trust in yourself to thrive with it.
2. Focus on yourself.
Before we can help others, we must first help ourselves. Think about what gives you meaning in life.
What is it that you look forward to everyday?
What makes you feel alive; makes you feel that you’re living a life worth living for?
Give it a thought, and pen it down. By reviewing ourselves we gain deeper clarity on what we want. Cultivate the things, people, and events that gives you purpose in your life. You’ll realise that these things can be achieved step-by-step, EVEN with diabetes.
3. Focus on Now.
What can you do now? Take a chance now. Test your will to be better than you were 5 minutes ago. Sign up for the class you always wanted to go to, or make a date with someone you’ve been wanting to meet but ‘don’t have the time to’. Buy a monthly planner and start filling up your weeks with the things that matter. Write down a long-term goal you want in life and find out the steps to achieve it. If you are unsure of what you want long-term, think of what you want right now. As mentioned by Dalai Lama XIV, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”.
Take that chance and don’t look back. Forget your past, Focus on now, and Forge your future.
* GlycoLeap users are those who subscribed to our 6-month core program.