Dr. Heidi Beckman Releases Diabetes Motivation Book, Gives Boost to Healthy Lifestyle Goals

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A new book from a clinical psychologist boosts wavering New Year's resolutions by helping individuals with diabetes use scientifically-proven personal change techniques to enhance their motivation for good self-care well into the future.

Dr. Heidi Beckman

“Motivation is the fuel that people need to propel themselves toward better health management,” says Beckman.

In The Diabetes Motivation Book: Change One Thing at a Time with the Science of Willpower, author Dr. Heidi Beckman taps her 15 years of experience in helping people modify their health behavior to outline successful strategies for building positive diabetes habits, one habit at a time. This simple yet powerful guide is written for people who say, “I know exactly what I need to do to manage my diabetes, but I can’t make myself do it.”

Unlike many of the diabetes books that are currently on the market, this is a book about persistence, motivation, and impulse control rather than the nuts and bolts of diabetes management. It is a timely and practical guide to the process of change. The ideas in the book are based on well-tested willpower techniques that have been studied by behavioral scientists.

Health professionals often lament that they don’t know how to give their patients the motivation they need to cope with diabetes for the long term. Patients must attend to the condition on a daily basis. In addition to the physical symptoms, patients must manage the cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal dimensions of the disease. To make matters even trickier, many of the complications of diabetes do not arise until years after the initial diagnosis. Patients then have the challenge of figuring out how to motivate themselves today to prevent something that won’t happen until tomorrow (and therefore, is easy to ignore).

Beckman offers a self-help guide filled with tools to tackle the deficit in motivation. Through practical lessons, relevant examples, reflection questions, and “homework” tasks, she encourages readers to:

  •     Understand their stage of readiness for change, and choose the most powerful strategies
  •     Manage difficult emotions that arise, such as fear, frustration, sadness, and shame
  •     Challenge their excuses and prevent future relapse
  •     Maintain resilience and optimism by treating themselves with kindness and compassion.

“Motivation is the fuel that people need to propel themselves toward better health management,” says Beckman. “Although diabetes-specific skills are an essential first step, motivation will ensure that they take good care of themselves when faced with the future temptations that life sends their way.”

Dr. Heidi Beckman is a licensed clinical psychologist who works in the specialty area of health psychology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She is passionate about understanding what helps people change so that they can lead lives that are physically and emotionally healthy. Over the past fifteen years, she has delivered numerous presentations on willpower and personal change to medical patients, members of the community, and professional audiences. She has designed and led a number of psychotherapeutic groups that help individuals adjust to specific chronic medical conditions.

The Diabetes Motivation Book: Change One Thing at a Time with the Science of Willpower ($9.99 print version, $4.99 electronic version; 118 pages, 5.9 X 8.9, paperback, ISBN: 978-1479215225; copyright 2012 by Heidi T. Beckman) is available through Amazon and other online booksellers.

The electronic version of the book will be available for free from February 14 to February 19, 2013. To take advantage of this offer, customers may access a coupon on the website http://www.heidibeckman.com.

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