When I think of success, I often think of the obstacles one must overcome to accomplish a goal they have set for themselves. I imagine the sigh of relief and joy one must feel as they overcome every obstacle and challenge set before them.
Navigating your journey with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, may seem impossible at times however, with a few lifestyle changes it can be achieved. Some of the challenges many face (including myself) are:
- A healthy diet, exercising and losing weight if necessary
- Balancing your hectic schedule
- Managing stress level
- Getting the proper amount of sleep
- Choosing the best treatment/medication
These few changes may seem simple to some and a challenge to others, yet, overcoming them can make the difference in how successful you are in managing your chronic illness.
There will be times when your greatest obstacle will be you! Occasionally, our emotions, attitude and current circumstance can cloud our judgment or decisions as it pertains to our health and other areas of our lives. This is normal during the early stages of diagnosis; the key is to not stay or embrace these feelings. Trust me, it will get better and you will experience many positive ways to navigate through this journey!
During these challenging times I realize that the more overwhelmed I feel, the more I need to remember what the word of God says about me, my situation and the awesome God that I serve. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Know with assurance, that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us; and we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us!
Be blessed and encouraged as you continue your journey successfully.
By Shirley Owens