Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” This is as true as ever for those with diabetes. Making and sticking with healthy habits leads to better control of blood glucose (BG) and a healthier you. Brook is here to support you in that journey. We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 easy ways to build habits for success that can last:

 

 

  1. Take time at the end of the day to plan out your next day. This could include planning what you will eat for your meals, when you will take a BG measurement, any physical activity or walks, work tasks, meetings, errands and chores. Writing this down, or even just taking mental notes, helps you stay on track and saves you worry and decision-making willpower the next day, leaving you better able to deal with bigger issues and still make healthy choices.

  2. Make it easy to stick to your habits. Eliminate as much work you need to do to stick to the habit as possible. For example: if you want to eat healthier snacks, make them readily available and more easily accessible than unhealthy ones, put them on the counter, in the front of the fridge at eye level, or in your desk at work. Another example: if you hope to start a regular habit of going to the gym or walking, keep your gym shoes ready to go and out of the closet, have your gym clothes folded and by your bed in the morning, or join a gym near your home or on the way home from work.

  3. Break large or long-term goals into manageable, daily tasks. We’ve all heard this before, but thinking about the concrete steps you need to take every day to move towards that goal really is the first step towards accomplishing that goal. If you would like help with this, give the Brook Experts a holler on the Expert Channel in Brook.

  4. Get started on the right foot with a solid morning routine. Having a healthy, consistent morning routine takes away stress and uncertainty right when you wake up and provides momentum to “crush” the rest of the day. This could mean getting up with enough time so you aren’t rushed, going to the gym or taking a walk, eating a healthy breakfast, meditating, and more.

  5. Don’t let small slip-ups lead to bigger ones. Everyone has bad days. Getting down on yourself doesn’t get you closer to success. Take a minute to reflect on why the slip-up occurred and if you can do anything to prevent it in the future, then let it go and move forward. Keep in mind that even slow progress is still progress.

 

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