To help keep your mood positive and your outlook strong when feeling overwhelmed, consider this list of helpful, practical strategies:
Analyze – Learn as much as you can about what makes you tick, including your strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly, your values. Self-knowledge is power when it comes to improving the way you feel.
Visualize – It helps to be able to actively imagine what changes and outcomes look like. Spend a few moments filling your mind with concrete images of what you’d like to see happen to you.
Strategize – Brainstorming some goals and how you plan to go about achieving them is a great way to create forward momentum. Committing your ideas to paper gives your direction a sense of purpose and reality.
Accessorize – Surround yourself with things that give you pleaseure and positivity. This also applies to people.
Prioritize -You can only do so much in a day, so break off a manageable list of tasks and feel good about yourself when you’ve accomplished what you set up.
Incentivize – Consider implementing a rewards system to keep your goals meaningful and interesting. Celebrate even small successes and keep reminders of why you want to change where you will see them regularly.
Adapted from: Diabetes Care in Action newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 5, 2012.
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