I have some clients with Type II diabetes who I really want to get motivated to get serious about taking care of themselves. One client, for example, is overweight, takes her diabetes meds in the morning without, I suspect, an adequate breakfast, and then is terrified that she will lose balance and fall on the way to work. Another is living alone, not eating well, and often isolates himself because he doesn't feel like going out.
I give them gentle encouragement and make suggestions that they changing their daily lifestyle habits could make a big difference, and I encourage them to work closely with their physicians. But I'm not sure if I'm getting through sometimes.
Any suggestions? Did anyone ever say the right thing — or the wrong thing — to motivate you to take better care of yourself? I don't want to be a tough guy!
I would be happy to hear any suggestions you might have. Thanks!
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