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Bipolar Do's And Don'ts

Updated: Aug 3, 2022


When the fog in your mind rolls in, go back to some simple tools like having routines.
Life can seem unclear if I don't follow some simple routines.

Over the years, I have learned many tools to manage my life with bipolar disorder. As much as there is that I can do there are also some things I do not do to help maintain some stability.

I consider the following to be protective factors in my life.


Do's:

  • Maintain a professional relationship with both a psychiatrist and a therapist. I need to regularly be in contact with both of these professionals.

  • Build a support network outside of the professionals in your life. Having safe people I can talk to can make all the difference when I am experiencing a mood episode.

  • Create and protect a healthy sleep schedule.

  • Take all medications as prescribed, regularly, and on time.

  • Exercise. I take long walks and practice yoga and qigong.

  • Listen to yourself. I have become more and more aware of my disorder over the years and I know myself best. Some days I need a little self-care and some days I need a lot.

  • Avoid stressful situations where possible. I have a hard time with change. For example, travel is very hard on my emotions. I can't count the number of times I've canceled a trip at the last minute. Traveling can be stressful so I plan far out and try to take one thing at a time.

  • Where possible, stick to routines. Daily, weekly or monthly. I find stability in patterns.

Don'ts:

  • Try to avoid getting no more than one interrupted night's sleep in a row.

  • No isolation.

  • Do not hold back on your feelings and emotions with at least one safe person. We are not alone.

  • Don't decide on your own to lower, increase or discontinue any medication. If you want to adjust or discontinue medication, discuss it with your therapist and psychiatrist first. I m not a doctor so I don't play doctor with my medications. I know I can talk to the professionals in my life about anything and especially medication and side effects. If I couldn't be rigorously honest I'd find professionals that I could be honest with.

  • Don't skip on taking medication. Adhere to the prescription.

  • Do not be hard on yourself. We're all doing the best we can. Try kindness, patience, acceptance and being nonjudgmental with yourself.

I find these things helpful and I hope you do too,


Take good care,


Christine


"A great deal can be learned as a result of panful circumstances, but they are not my only teachers. I live in a world full of wonders. Today I will pay attention to their gentle wisdom." -- Courage To Change

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