Health Empowerment

TED* for Diabetes is a story of successful behavior change told around a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. However, the principles and ideas presented can be used to cope with any health (or life) challenge. That’s why TED* for Diabetes is a Health Empowerment Story: encouraging you to focus on pursuing health, and providing the tools to do well.  Then, propelled by your passion for creating wellness, you can develop new habits and behaviors to enhance well-being.

Health Empowerment
Choosing health as an outcome you personally create—being mindful of how you create health in your life, and supporting health in the lives of others.

Applying Health Empowerment

TED* for Diabetes provides examples and inspiration to help you embrace a positive mindset about your health challenge, and shift away from a negative (victim) approach. Not always easy, but everyone involved with health care has the chance to create a positive approach to diabetes:

For People with Diabetes (or other health/life challenge)

  • Embrace how capable you are of making choices that create health, and shift away from being a victim to your diabetes. Making a daily commitment to your health can have a powerful impact on your well-being, and how others respond and support you in your efforts.
  • See your diagnosis as a positive challenger (encouraging you to take action), rather than reacting to diabetes as an enemy that dominates and controls you
  • See your health care team as your coach (supportive guide), instead of a rescuer (feels sorry for and dismisses you). Health care professionals are resources to guide and encourage you to achieve your wellness goals.
  • Ask your friends and family to be coaches (engaged supporters ) and challengers (encourage action and hold accountable for improvement), instead of rescuers (fosters dependency) and persecutors (self-righteous and blaming)

For Health Care Professionals

  • See your patients as creators (capable, resilient) instead of victims (helpless, discounted)
  • Embrace your role as a supportive coach (compassionate, with positive reinforcement),  instead of a rescuer (feels sorry for, feels persecuted if patient doesn’t accept help)
  • Hold patients accountable without dominating, discounting or blaming. Appreciate your capacity to help patients focus on improvement and growth by instilling confidence and reinforcement.

For Caregivers

  • See the diagnosis as a positive challenger (encourages you to take action), rather than reacting to diabetes as an enemy that dominates and controls your family.
  • Embrace your role as a supportive coach (engaged supporter), instead of a rescuer (feels sorry for, must ‘save’ or ‘fix’). Your loved one needs reassurance and inspiration to achieve their wellness goals.
  • Ask questions to help your loved develop their vision of health, and shift away from fostering dependency and indispensability. If you find yourself telling your loved one what to do, jumping in to save the day, are afraid of not being needed, and are feeling resentful if they don’t accept your help, you are doing more rescuing (telling) than coaching (asking).
  • When not coaching, see yourself as a challenger (sparks action and holds other accountable). You can inspire your loved one to be responsible for their health. If you find yourself dominating, needing to be right or ‘win’, feeling discounted or defensive, critical and blaming, than you are doing more persecuting (putting down) than challenging (building up).

Why TED* Works

For years, The Power of TED* book has been helping people improve relationships at work and home. Now the same practical and positive approach to life’s challenges is presented through TED* for Diabetes. Learn more about the Power of TED*.

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