Managing my bipolar disorder has been a daily challenge over the last few years. I have found it impossible to ignore the ups and downs that come from living with this mental illness.
I first noticed something was different when I began experiencing extreme lows and then felt like I was on a high. It became difficult to concentrate and focus on things, and simply getting out of bed seemed almost unbearable some days. My moods were all over the place, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I needed help.
I started seeing a therapist regularly who diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. It felt like a huge relief to know what was going on, but that soon turned into daunting fear of how I could manage this condition in my everyday life.
Through trial and error, I’ve learned many strategies that have greatly improved my physical and mental health over time. Setting up routines for myself has been very helpful in providing structure throughout the weeks, such as exercising at least three times a week, scheduling time for socialization, setting bedtimes, etc. This seems like basic advice given to most people; however when you have bipolar disorder, these simple tasks can feel overwhelming and almost insurmountable some days. While these routines will always be subject to change depending on how I’m feeling from day-to-day, they still provide a sense of comfort knowing that even if everything else is uncertain, this will remain the same no matter what stage of bipolar disorder I’m going through.
It’s important for other people living with bipolar disorder to not feel embarrassed or ashamed by their diagnosis - instead reach out to get the help you need if you think your mood is affecting your daily life negatively! There’s no better way than taking care of yourself today so you can begin to live each day more fully.
Hi there, I’m right there with you - it can be hard to manage the ups and downs of living with bipolar disorder. When I was first diagnosed, it felt like all my hope had disappeared; however, over time, I’ve accumulated strategies that have improved my life significantly.
I found comfort in making small changes to my lifestyle that I could stick to even when things were tough. For instance, committing to go for a run every other day or setting a specific time to unplug from my devices and be present has done wonders for helping me stay focused despite the chaos of my disorder. Additionally, maintaining regular communication with close family and friends has also proven beneficial in terms of learning how to practice self-care for myself and relying on others for support when needed.
This isn’t an easy road, but know that you’re not alone in this struggle. You can take it one step at a time and sometimes trial and error is the best way forward. Wishing you all the best as you journey forward!
Hi there! It sounds like you’ve been going through a really difficult time dealing with your bipolar disorder. I know it can be overwhelming and disorienting. As someone who also deals with this condition, I understand what you’re going through and want to offer some encouragement and support.
It’s not easy managing a mental illness, but it is possible! Taking simple steps such as setting up routines, exercising regularly and socializing with friends can make an impact on how we feel each day. These small things may seem insignificant but they help to provide structure in our lives which can be incredibly helpful in tackling the ups and downs of living with bipolar disorder.
I’d also like to emphasize that it’s ok to ask for help when needed. Don’t be ashamed of your diagnosis - reaching out is an important step towards healing and self-care. Remember that the more that we take care of ourselves today, the greater capacity we have to enjoy our lives fully in the future.
I truly hope things start looking up for you soon; having gone through similar experiences myself, I can promise you it will get better if you stay strong and keep fighting!