Having the right mindset can be extremely powerful

Having the right mindset can be extremely powerful, especially when it comes to managing a long term health condition like Diabetes. 

This week’s podcast episode is all about how, with the right perspective, Diabetes can actually be a positive thing. That might sound crazy but take a listen and I share what I’ve learnt  since my diagnosis and how I believe, in some ways, it has changed my life for the better.

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Voiceover Guy (00:00):
Life with diabetes has some highs and lows, but just like in a normal life, you can make choices which help to make your life easier, improve your health and wellbeing in the diabetic and healthy podcast. We show you how to do just that. We're here to help you put your diabetes worries behind so that you can start enjoying life with a sky high smile on your face. So let's meet our host for today's show here's Charlotte.

Charlotte (00:28):
Hi, and welcome back to another episode of the diabetic healthy podcast. Thank you so much for tuning in and listening. I hope everyone is doing well. Um, this week's episode is all about how with the right perspective, diabetes can actually be a positive thing. Okay. Keep listening. And I will try and prove that I'm not just going completely nuts. Um, before we get started, quick reminder about social media, if you are not yet getting involved with diabetic and healthy, um, on social media, please, please do. We've got a Facebook page and two Facebook groups for you. So VSV diabetic and healthy community, and also type one fit. Um, diabetic and healthy is also on Instagram, which is diabetic underscore and underscore healthy. And of course there is the podcast that you're listening to right now. And if you are enjoying it, please, please do hit subscribe and leave a review.

Charlotte (01:37):
Um, excuse me. Okay. So this was literally something that's just been kind of buzzing around in my head since I've been to speaking to different people and I want to share so overview years and probably even more so over the past few months since starting the podcast, I suppose, um, I have had the pleasure of speaking to so many inspirational people with type one diabetes, and then all of the interviews that I've done, there's something that isn't, it's not always necessarily said, but something that comes across in the majority of cases, um, and that is for many people, their diagnosis has actually had a positive impact on their lives and on their health. I am aware that I sound a bit crazy right now, but just hear me out. So of course, nobody, um, nobody wants to be told that they have a chronic condition and they have to, um, you know, manage this for the rest of their lives.

Charlotte (02:47):
But depending on your mindset, it really can be a good thing. Okay. Stay with me. So I'll use myself as example for us. Um, I have learnt so, so much since my diagnosis, not just about diabetes, but about how our bodies work about nutrition and what our bodies really need, uh, about fitness and exercise and not just how to do it, but the real importance and benefits of it for both our physical and mental health. Um, I've learnt loads about self-discipline, I've learned about mindfulness and the importance of looking after myself. So due to my personal, uh, experience, my personal diagnosis, being so ill for so long, and I think knowing how close I was to actually dying, uh, it definitely gave me a new perspective on life. It's 100% taught me never to take my health for granted. Um, it's taught me to have empathy on a whole new level, especially for those with, uh, you know, others with longterm health conditions.

Charlotte (04:08):
And I have also found V most incredible online community of diabetics, but I would have never even known existed the support and the knowledge and just the kindness of others online can actually be almost overwhelming, um, at times. And it's, it's genuinely something I never would have known about if it wasn't for my faulty pancreas. So, um, I definitely have my diabetes to Frank for me becoming not just a specialist, personal trainer, but actually a personal trainer at all. So I think what I'm really trying to say is it's all about mindset. So of course I have days, um, where I get down and I wonder why me and I wish I didn't have to do endless calculations and injections just to stay alive. Um, and of course I have days where I just find it absolutely exhausting and I'd be lying if I said a voice, but although it's okay to feel like that sometimes.

Charlotte (05:17):
And actually, I don't think you'd be human if you didn't, uh, to keep thinking like that isn't, or obviously isn't positive, but it's also not a productive state of mind. Um, so I just think sometimes it's worth thinking about the positive things in your life that have come from your diagnosis. Think about what you've learned, think about, um, the positive changes that you've made your lifestyle. Think about the people that you've crossed paths with that you probably wouldn't. Um, you know, wouldn't have met, wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for diabetes. I mean, some of the people that I've met or spoken to were actually living a bit of a, kind of a reckless lifestyle and actually fact diagnosis kind of saved them and put them on a better path or gave them a much healthier relationship with, um, with their body, with food, with exercise. Uh, so yeah, this is just literally something that I was thinking about, but I really wanted to share with you, I guess sometimes it's all about mindset, mindset, and perspective, and a bit of positivity can go a long way. So that's it for today. I just wanted to share that with you. Uh, so as always, thank you so, so much for tuning in and listening. I really hope you tune in again next week. I have got another awesome interview coming up for you. Um, yeah, so until next time stay healthy and stay.

Voiceover Guy (06:54):
This episode has ended, but your journey towards a healthy and happy life continues head on over to diabetic and healthy.com and join the conversation with other diabetics and their families. All the information in this episode is not designed to replace the advice from the health professional team. Looking after you and your diabetes before making any significant lifestyle changes, do consult them with your doctor.

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