Best Tips on How to Manage Your Life with Diabetes During the Holidays
One of the biggest challenges of diabetes is figuring out how to fit it into your hectic life. Managing your day-to-day is hard enough, the business of the holidays - parties, shopping, dinners, and events can leave you feeling stressed, lost, and overwhelmed. Excess stress can negatively affect your weight and blood sugar control. It’s important to learn how to organize your diabetes as well as your activities and time.
Luckily, I asked Susan Weiner, the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year (American Association of Diabetes Educators) and co-author of The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life to let us in on some of her secrets.
Q: What is the best way to organize your diabetes during the holiday season?
A. There seems to be endless “to-do” lists from Halloween to New Year’s Day. With a few simple organizing strategies, you can continue to successfully manage your diabetes throughout the hectic holiday season.
Make a master holiday to do list. Create a list of everything you want and need to do and get done for the holiday season. Write your tasks in a notebook, in the notes section of your smart phone or on an app. Doing a “brain dump” will take the “remembering out of remembering” and keep you in control of your activities and diabetes management.
Use a calendar. Break your to-do list into smaller tasks. Write each task in your calendar. Space out and check off each task as it’s completed.
Always plan ahead. Do your holiday shopping whenever is convenient. Cook and freeze your holiday meals week Continue reading