Spring Clean Your Attitude

During the month of April, Type2diabetes.com has been focusing on the theme spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is often thought of as the deep cleaning you give your home during the spring months.

What if spring cleaning was more than cleaning out closets, scrubbing windows, and dusting all the forgotten places. Instead of focusing on what needs cleaning inside and outside of your home, what if you focused on yourself?  I am not referring to personal hygiene, but rather your attitude. Could your attitude use a little spring cleaning?

The winter months can make many of us feel down and grumpy at times; turning a positive attitude into a negative attitude. As the warmer air lets us breathe easier and the longer days inspire us to do more, what better time than the spring to reevaluate our attitude and assess if it too needs a little spring clearing.

According to Gunnar Engstrom, MD, a professor at Lund University in Sweden, having a positive attitude about health may prevent mental distress and have the potential to provide protection against various diseases including heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, cancer, and diabetes.1

For individuals with a chronic condition, such as diabetes, having a negative attitude increases the risk of depression and can interfere with daily self-care (i.e. monitoring blood glucose, taking medication, eating well, etc.).2

Only you have the ability to change your attitude from negative to positive. Check out the following tips to help “Spring-Clean” your attitude.

Believe in Something Bigger

Believe what you want to accomplish will happen with certainty. The act of doing this repeatedly will make it happen.3

Let go of Setbacks

If you have a day where you get off track, forgive yourself and move forward. Try not to live in the past!2

Set small goals

Achieving small goals can help you gain more confidence as you work towards a larger goal.2

Aim for balance

It is important to aim for a balance between diabetes and the rest of your life, making sure that diabetes is not your only focus. Remember: what makes you, you, is more than your diabetes.2

Journal

Keeping a journal can help you express your thoughts and feelings, both positive and negative. You may find you are better able to work through issues if you have seen them written in front of you.

If you are struggling to change your attitude around and are feeling persistent thoughts of sadness, hopelessness, and/or helplessness, you may be experiencing depression. Depression is nearly twice as common in those with diabetes. Make sure to discuss what you are feeling with your physician, so he/she can assist you in getting the help you need.

I often find reading an inspirational quote can help me switch from a negative attitude to a positive attitude, so I leave you with the following:

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

-Dr. Seuss

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