How to stay motivated when managing your Type 2 diabetes

13 tips for staying motivated and consistent

Staying motivated to manage Type 2 diabetes in the long term and maintaining consistency with lifestyle changes can be challenging, but it’s crucial for overall health. 

Here are some of my top strategies and advice to help you stay motivated and committed to your diabetes management plan.

1. Set clear, achievable goals

Create a list of reasons why managing your diabetes is essential to you. Remind yourself daily of your health goals and the benefits of achieving them. Break down your long-term goals into smaller, manageable steps. Achieving these smaller milestones can provide a sense of accomplishment and motivation. Be proud of the small victories as well as the bigger ones! Celebrate you!

2. Educate yourself

Continuously educate yourself about diabetes and its management. Knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions and understand the importance of your actions. Diabetes education programmes can really help and they can be done more than once, so speak to your GP practice about what services are available in your local area.

3. Find a support system

Share your diabetes journey with friends, family, or a support group. Having a network of people who understand and encourage you can make a significant difference. You may even inspire someone else in their health journey!

4. Work with your healthcare team

Collaborate closely with your healthcare team, including your doctor, nurse, and dietitian. Regular check-ups and consultations help you stay on track and receive expert guidance.

5. Keep a positive mindset

Maintain a positive attitude and focus on what you can achieve rather than dwelling on setbacks. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem and remember 1 bad day doesn’t have to lead to a bad week, month or year!

6. Track your progress

Keep a diary or use an app to monitor your blood glucose levels, meals, exercise, and medications. Seeing your progress can be motivating and help identify trends and areas that need improvement.

7. Experiment with different strategies

Be open to trying different approaches to managing your diabetes. If one method isn’t working well, explore alternatives and discuss them with your healthcare team.

8. Make lifestyle changes gradually

Implement lifestyle changes one step at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Small, sustainable changes are more likely to become lasting habits. Your healthcare team may help you prioritise where to start!

The Oviva app is a self-tracking tool.

9. Create a routine

Make time for you and your health! Establish a daily routine that includes time for healthy eating, physical activity, medication management, and self-care. Consistency is key to long-term success.

10. Use technology

Consider using diabetes management apps, wearable devices, or online support communities to help you stay accountable and track your progress.

11. Reward yourself

Celebrate your achievements with non-food rewards. Treat yourself to something you enjoy when you reach a milestone or maintain consistency in your diabetes management. Create a list of non-food rewards so you are ready to reward your efforts!

12. Seek professional guidance

If you’re struggling with motivation or consistency, consider asking for extra support. This may include professionals who can provide strategies for dealing with emotional challenges.

13. Stay informed

Keep up with the latest developments in diabetes management and research. New treatments and strategies may offer additional options for better control.


Remember that managing Type 2 diabetes is a long journey, and there will be ups and downs along the way. It’s normal to face challenges, but with the right support, knowledge, and determination, you can navigate the path to better health and well-being.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare team whenever you need guidance or motivation.