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    Changing our habits

    Changing a habit is not easy. We need to think about it to really be conscious of the behavior that has to be changed and we need discipline to overcome it. To succeed, we need to do it gradually, at our own pace; if not, anything becomes a good excuse to quit:” I don’t have time, I’m too tired, it’s too expensive, etc.”

    But having a good control on our diabetes will bring a wellbeing sensation and will improve our quality of life. This can become a great motivation to continue in getting normal blood glucose levels. 

    Certain tricks can help your motivation and give you more stimulation, either by incorporating new habits in your daily routine or finding new and easier objectives to be obtained.

    Here are useful and effective ways:

    1. After identifying the habits that need to be changed, it is important to put them by priorities. You must change one habit at the time. As soon as one habit is well integrated, you can start on the next one. This way it will be easier to succeed; too many changes at once can bring insurmountable difficulties and even the most willing individual will get discouraged.

    2. You have to be convinced that making these changes is for the best. Ask yourself this question: “Why do I need to change these habits?” The answer must be for your own needs and satisfaction and not for what others want.

    3. If your objective is not realistic, you will get discouraged for not reaching your goal or find it too hard to accomplish. For example, if you want to lose weight, ask yourself if your goal of losing 10 kilos in 3 weeks is accessible.

    4. When you decide to modify a habit, set up a contract in writing with yourself, specifying a date or deadline. This will help plan the best procedure and look out for certain difficulties on the way. An example of a contract would be planning walks in your daily routine. This contract may be applied in all habits that you want to change (food habits, to stop smoking, etc) Adapt it to the goals you want to reach.

    5. It is also very important to get the support of your family and friends. Absence of support can be a reason to stop your program, as not being committed to it or negative expectations, lack of enthusiasm or inadequate approach.

    6. A reflection on difficult situations that may occur may be in order to prevent setbacks, like stress periods, emotions, social pressures or conflicts. It will be easier to face those setbacks if you took the time to find alternative solutions. Do not try to exercise a perfect and total control of your life and do not say “I couldn’t do it because I’m no good”. Nobody is perfect! Try a positive and constructive attitude; this will put you back on track!

    When we cannot seem to be able to reach that personal attitude or behavior, we tend to think or other people tell us that it is because we have no will. For the longest time we thought that will was a mysterious power in which we had little hold. Some had that power and others did not.

    What we do know now is that with certain means it helps us to get that will and make a decision. The means cited in these pages were meant to be a guide so you could start the changes you desire and help you maintain them.