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Listening to Your Inner Voice

A positive approach and attitude is much more constructive and healthy. Sometimes it can be hard to think positively when you're living with diabetes. However, thinking or talking about yourself in a negative way is destructive - not only does it lower your self-esteem, but it can also affect your diabetes management.


"Self-talk" is that little voice in your head that talks to you constantly. People with diabetes need to be very aware of their self-talk because it can have an impact on their blood glucose management. How is that possible? Because negative self-talk can increase stress, affect your mood and completely discourage you.

Here are some tips on how to recognize and deal with negative self-talk:

  • Really listen to your self-talk. Make a conscious effort to listen to your self-talk during the day. You may find that it happens mostly during emotionally-charged times, like when you're anxious, scared, or angry. Look for what are called "automatic thoughts" - these are the very rapid thoughts that pop into your mind quickly and appear completely believable; that is, until you spot them and call them into question.
  • Don't beat yourself up. If you have dinner out with friends and eat or drink too much, don't allow self-talk like, "I am a failure for not sticking to my meal plan. I might as well just give up." No one is perfect all the time. Instead, say to yourself, "That's OK. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll get back on track with breakfast."
  • Does your negative self-talk come from your past? Did you grow up with people in your life who told you hurtful things about yourself so often that you just accepted them as fact? Maybe you were always referred to as "chubby," so you've always thought of yourself that way. Try to recognize when that type of self-talk happens and replace it with positive affirmation. Remember that was "then and there" not "here and now."
  • Recognize when self-talk has changed your behaviour. When you start to replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk, you might notice good changes in your life. Ask yourself: Are you eating better? Have you been exercising more regularly? Are you feeling happier?