I've heard that building resilience can help people with diabetes. How can I boost my resilience?

Answers from Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.

Resilience is the ability to withstand and bounce back from adversity. Studies in people with diabetes have shown that high levels of resilience are related to lower A1C levels, indicating better glycemic control.

Some people are lucky enough to be born with a high level of resilience, but even if you're not one of them, you can boost your resilience. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make connections: Maintain good relationships with close family members and friends. Accept their support, and offer it in return.
  • Accept that change is part of life: Accept circumstances that can't be changed and instead focus on circumstances that you can alter.
  • Take decisive action: When there are situations you can change, take action. Don’t detach from problems and just wish they would go away.
  • Keep things in perspective: Even when facing difficult events, try to consider the situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing small things out of proportion.
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook: Cultivate an optimistic outlook and expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
  • Take care of yourself: Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Meditate or join a faith community. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. You’ll be better able to cope with challenges when you’re mentally and physically strong.
May 17, 2018 See more Expert Answers