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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I’m Proactive About My Overall Health

After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was forced to re-evaluate my overall health. If you read my other content, then you know how I blame my excessive lifestyle as a contributing factor for my bipolar. In my teens, I did drugs and drank almost every week.

Even though it’s stated how drugs and alcohol can’t cause bipolar disorder, both are known to worsen the symptoms. Harsher symptoms will impact your life more by attracting negative energy your way. I know this because, over the years, I’ve stopped using drugs, limited my alcohol, and workout 3-4 times per week. This has helped me stay positive and get a grip on my bipolar symptoms. The power of a healthy lifestyle should never be underestimated and doctors tell you to start exercising as your first line of defense against manic and depressive episodes.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I Believe In My Ability to Succeed

The word to focus on is “Believe”.

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I didn’t know what to expect, and how it will limit my abilities. However, over the last 17+ years, bipolar disorder forced me to change my mindset and pushed me to try different things well beyond my limits. Seventeen years ago, society had a deeper, negative opinion, about those who were bipolar. Just to be clear, many of the same negative opinions exist today (maybe not as strong however). If you are bipolar, then you are considered lower, limited or someone whose damaged goods. If you’ve read my other “Awesome Series”, you know how I use everyone’s opinion to fuel my motivation, and prove that I (someone with bipolar) can conquer anything. Being diagnosed with bipolar has pushed me beyond my limits and made me believe in my ability to succeed.

Disclaimer: many of you have probably faced different opinions from others on being bipolar. I’m speaking strictly from my own personal experience over the last 17+ years.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I’m A Lot More Grateful

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder was the one thing that got me thinking outside of the box. It made me realize that I have great things in my life, and that I’m very lucky because things could have been worse. I believe people look at life in two ways: the glass being half empty or half full. Specifically, they either look at all the wonderful things they have in life, or they complain about all the things that are missing. I also believe for those looking at life half empty, it takes something life-changing to happen for you to think otherwise. For me, it was being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

I remember when I was first diagnosed with bipolar, and several years after that, I would complain about everything that was missing in my life. Very rarely would I stop and think about all the wonderful things around me. It doesn’t help that media equates happiness with materialism, leading people to fall victim to this unrealistic mentality. I’ll admit, I did. But you should always take the time to think outside of the box, at the things which money can’t buy—family, friends, safety, support, and companionship. When I finally fell in love with motivational books and the power of now, I needed to let go of the negative energy holding me back and start to attract the positive surrounding me. This changed my life because I started to discover how viewing life from a different perspective can help you manage bipolar successfully. Think about it…

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I’m Mentally Stronger

You’ll be surprised when you’re up against the wall, the things you’ll do to get out of a tough situation. When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder this is exactly how I felt – that I was up against a wall. I often look back and wonder what I would be doing if I didn’t get diagnosed with bipolar. For example, I ask myself:

  • Would I still be drinking?
  • Would I be smoking and not exercising?
  • Would I still have the motivation to change my thinking?
  • Would I still have the motivation to prove everyone wrong who thought that people with a mental disorder wouldn’t mount to anything?

To be transparent, I thank bipolar for making me the man I am today. You see, when I was a teenager, I thought I would grow out of the negative things I was doing. But, after being diagnosed with bipolar, I knew if I wanted to change it would require a lot more than just stopping the negative habits. Bipolar disorder has a funny way of keeping you on one extreme or another, and the trigger is intertwined with events taking place in your life. When something negative would happen and I wasn’t ready to handle it, it would trigger a manic episode. When my mood was elevated, I would spend a lot more money, drink alcohol excessively, and take enormous risks. When I was depressed, I would not leave my house, still drink excessively, and not study or work. It was very tough on me psychologically.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I’m More Empathetic Because Of It.

Being diagnosed with bipolar brought a lot of positive changes in me. At the time, I didn`t know if my diagnosis would affect my life “positively” or “negatively”. However, after living with bipolar for 17 years, it has changed my whole outlook on life. I`m more confident, organized, sleeping better, and conscious about who I socialize with. Another huge change is how I`m more empathetic towards others. Here`s what empathetic means –

“showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

I’m going to be completely transparent about something. Before I got diagnosed with bipolar, I couldn’t understand how bipolar disorder affected others. I guess it’s because I never understood the day to day challenges people faced who were living with it. Around January of 2000, I was diagnosed with bipolar and finally began to understand how a mental illness can affect someone’s life. All along I thought people always had complete control over their mental state and changing your mood was easy – like switching a light bulb on/off. But, living with bipolar disorder can be tricky and the constant manic episodes are serious since they suck the enjoyment out of living life. After my diagnosis, I knew firsthand what it meant to be bipolar. One day I would be happy having the ability to conquer anything, then “boom” I would sink into a depression without no reason behind it.

I didn’t know at the time, but I guess it was a combination of factors like sleep, anxiety, drugs, alcohol, etc.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: I “Only“ Keep Positive People In My Life

When living with bipolar, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and what holds you back. I recently wrote about the 10-Day Mental Diet Challenge and how it helps you determine destructive habits. It helped me determine what thoughts caused stress and anxiety, and how they made me feel like crap about myself. I’ve been living with bipolar for 17 years, and only recently started to surround myself with positive people. I choose my friends wisely because they strongly influence the way I feel about myself. The more happier I am about myself, the more productive, motivated, and focused my mind is.

Here’s the thing, when I was first diagnosed, I didn’t want it to affect certain parts of my life, my social life being one of them. Because of this, I would let anyone in – good or bad. I guess it was a way for me to make up for some of the shortcomings I felt I had because I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, I sooned realized this was the worst thing I could do for myself because not everyone had my best interests at heart. In the end, I think good friends are very important if you plan on staying social and want to successfully manage bipolar. Because if this realization, I stopped hanging out with negative friends, and choose to only have positive ones in my life.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: It Helps Me Maintain a Regular Sleeping Schedule

It’s no secret: a regular sleeping pattern can help manage bipolar. When I first got diagnosed, my psychiatrist was very clear about how a poor sleeping schedule can trigger manic episodes. Since my diagnosis in 2000, I messed around a lot with my sleeping schedule, sometimes not sleeping for days or at odd times throughout the day. I’m speaking from my own experience when I say how a regular sleeping schedule can help you manage bipolar.

All through junior high and high school, I would stay up late watching TV. Back in the mid-90s, I had no clue why I was having extreme mood swings. It was right before starting university in 2000, I decided to get help and the advice of a professional. All along, I was suffering from bipolar disorder, and I had no clue. The reason this thought bothers me so much is because I kept abusing my body, doing things like smoking, sleeping late, and drinking while I was living with bipolar. I sometimes think that if I knew earlier in my life that I have bipolar maybe I would have started to take care of myself better. The reason I’m telling all of you this is because my poor sleeping schedule had been around from a very early age. If I remember correctly, starting from the age of 16, I’ve always had a habit of sleeping in late or not sleeping at all. During this time, I was suffering from extreme mood swings without even knowing I was bipolar. I wish I knew how my sleeping habits back then were responsible for triggering my mood swings. But, this is the awesome thing about bipolar: it forces you to make positive changes in your life. In my case, it pushed me to main a regular sleeping habit. And this has done a lot more than just help me manage my bipolar.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: It Pushes Me to Work Harder Than Others

 

I feel that, because I’m bipolar, I have the need to prove myself more than others. It doesn’t help that people have a preconceived notion that those living with bipolar are incapable of doing an awesome job at work or on a team, or even being trusted with an important task. But, I’m not complaining because I use this as motivation to prove those people wrong.

Let me first start off by saying, the next time someone doesn’t think you can get the job done right, you should use their words as motivation and get it done better than anyone else can. Not only are you doing yourself justice by proving you can achieve anything, but you also are shedding a positive light on everyone living with bipolar disorder.

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What’s Awesome About Being Bipolar: Fear Doesn’t Hold Me Back Anymore, I Embrace Fear

First, let me start off by saying this –

This is an entry from my own personal journal. When I was diagnosed with bipolar years back, I created a journal to help me manage it. One way to help manage bipolar was to write all the awesome things about living with bipolar, and how the diagnosis can be a positive thing and/or an asset. By sharing my thoughts about why bipolar can be an asset, I’m in no way lowering the seriousness of bipolar disorder. Living with a mental illness can be very tough; I know because I was diagnosed with bipolar 17+ years ago, in 2000. I hope by sharing my thoughts, you’ll be able to understand how bipolar doesn’t have to be a limitation, but an asset to improving your life and conquering your goals. 🙂

(And thanks for reading my entry.)

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