If you have recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you may be seeking information about how you can manage your condition. Below is a guide to four things you can do to help to keep your bipolar disorder under control. Read on to discover everything you need to know.
1. Manage your sleep
Being tired can trigger a manic episode. Therefore, it is important that you learn how to manage your sleep cycle. The best way to do this is to develop a bedtime routine which will help you to relax. Having a warm shower or bath before bed can help to calm your body and mind. Listening to soft music or reading can also help you to relax. You should avoid TV and computer screens, as the blue light produced by these can delay the release of melatonin, the hormone linked to sleep.
2. Reduce and manage stress
Stress can be a significant trigger for mania and depression. While it is impossible to totally eliminate stress from your life, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of stress you experience. One way of doing this is to speak with your friends and family to see if they can help you to manage your responsibilities. If you work, you should also approach your boss to see if ant adjustments can be made to your role to reduce the amount of stress you experience at work. You may also wish to explore meditation as a way of dealing with stressful feelings and situations.
3. Write things down in a journal
It can be difficult to keep track of your moods and the impact that different factors such as sleep, stress have on your mood. One way of doing this is to write things down in a journal. By writing a short entry at the end of each day, you can clearly track how well you are coping with your bipolarism.
4. Attend counselling
Counselling sessions are a great way of exploring your moods swings and how you feel about your condition. As a person with bipolarism, you may have behaved in ways which are difficult to process during depressed or manic phases. Your counsellor will create a safe space in which you talk about your feelings and experiences so you can start to come to terms with them.
If you would like to find out more, you should contact a bipolar treatment counsellor today.Share
18 March 2019
I've struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety for the past ten years, and in that time I've tried a range of prescription drugs and alternative therapies. I started this blog to share my personal experiences and connect with other people who struggle with these illnesses, as I know only too well how lonely it can be to live under a cloud of depression. I post about a range of topics, such as talking to your employer about depression, getting support from family and friends and self-care tips. I also share my thoughts on the drug-free treatments I've used, such as talking therapy, yoga, homeopathy and meditation. I hope you find my blog interesting and useful.