Is there anything better than getting a reward for being awesome or doing something awesome? I’m a h-u-g-e fan of rewards, mostly because they help maintain and jumpstart proactive behaviors. If you think about it, we operate on a merit based system in a lot of areas, especially school and work. Get a 4.0, earn a scholarship. Perform above and beyond your duties at work, get a promotion. It gets a little bit more gray when trying to figure out what a good reward is outside the classroom or office. For some people, rewards are a nice dinner out, a slice of cheesecake, or a vacation. This is probably one of the few times when diabetes is actually “fun” because it presents many occasions that call for rewards- consistently earning in-range A1C levels, having a good month of blood sugars, being diligent about recording BGs and eating habits, etc etc. And, you know, diabetes is a mentally draining, never ending disease (for now...) so it’s important to keep yourself motivated to prevent mental burnout and a deliberate avoidance of proper treatment. I also try to pick rewards that I won’t feel guilty about, because guilt will just negate any positive emotions derived from chosen reward. As such, I reward myself a lot with a few different things:
Those are my rewards for good diabetic behavior, but everyone is different. Do you have any rewards for being a diabetic superhero? Let me know!