It’s weird because we’re so used to having clear-cut answers in life. When I would have a cold, I would go to the doctor and he would prescribe antibiotics. The point is he knew what’s wrong with me and what needed to be done to make me feel better. I know bipolar disorder is a lot more complicated and I wish it wasn’t. For starters, I had symptoms of bipolar for three years before even seeking help. It’s because I had no clue about bipolar disorder and never heard of it. My psychiatrist was the first one to tell me I was bipolar and I asked him – what does that mean? He then explained it in detail. After was the long journey of trying to find the right combination of medications compatible with me. Medications with the least side-effects. At the same time, I started a lengthy research process on trying to find out as much as possible about bipolar disorder. It was a hard reading about a mental illness with no cure. A mental illness which takes time for you to find an equal ground or – find stability.
When it comes to your ability to cope with Bipolar Disorder, there may be no more critical time of day than morning.
The way in which you wake up and tackle the day will have lasting effects on your mood, energy levels, and ultimately, your daily satisfaction. In creating a more stable mood throughout the day, this time is critical. It’s your daily “Cape Canaveral,” the launch point for your quality of life. The habits you maintain in the morning will establish the momentum you enjoy—or struggle against—throughout the day.
Maybe you’re already convinced about the importance of a healthy morning routine in dealing with Bipolar Disorder. But you don’t know how to go about it. In this article, we’ll explore five distinct habits that can change your morning routine. Even if you’re not a morning person, these habits will require minimal energy investment—all you have to do is apply them consistently. Over time, you’ll get a better handle on what makes you tick as you give yourself the morning boost you need.
The connection between bipolar disorder and sleep is nothing new. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder my doctor mentioned how important it was to establish a regular sleeping routine. Throughout my life, I have been researching the connection and concluded, sleep disturbances in people with bipolar disorder are present from the beginning. This connection between bipolar and sleep can have a negative impact on your quality of life, and treatment outcomes.
Last week on my Facebook page, I made a post asking people for content idea’s, and the type of content they would like to read. One topic which came up several times was – bipolar and sleep deprivation. So, I’ve put together this content to help you understand the connection between the two.
Limiting beliefs are stories and/or thoughts we have about ourselves that limit our growth. Your beliefs are a lens through which you experience life, and if the belief is negative then you’ll view the world as negative. This can hold you back from becoming the person you truly want to become. For example, imagine if you feel you’re NOT good enough at anything or specifically “not funny enough” then your brain will automatically start to look for evidence to support this claim. However, if you feel that your amazing and can conquer anything, then you’ll mind will look for positive reinforcement instead.
Learning to control my limiting beliefs has been one of the most effective techniques in managing bipolar. I believe it’s mind over matter and it’s not the event itself, but the way you interpret it which attracts the negativity. For example, let’s say two different people find themselves in the same situation…right? The outcome will depend on the way each interprets the situation. One might view it as a positive learning experience while the other as a life changing event which spirals their life out of control. So, it’s in your belief or the story you tell yourself about what happened which determines the outcome. Anyways,
The strategy I’ll be going over has helped me control my trigger points and grow over time. It did take some time to learn what my limiting beliefs are and control them from taking my mind over.
It’s the beginning of another wonderful month – June 2017. This month, just like April and May, we’ll be focusing on “1” single thing that makes us better. Obviously, you’re not limited to only learning one single thing, but we (as a group) will focus on learning something new every day. This can be learning something new about yourself, an assignment, learning something new about someone else, or general knowledge about the world, science, mathematics, anything you want it to be. The main objective is to learn something “new” every single day which you never knew the day before. I know many of you are wondering why? I’ll tell you now, because – Knowledge is Power.
Today is Friday, May 11, 2017, and I want to talk about productivity, motivation, and building a solid support circle around you. I had some trouble figuring out what I was going to write about today, so decided to share some thoughts for you to think about over the weekend. It’s something I learned from the late great Steve Jobs (Apple Co-Founder and CEO) while reading his official autobiography by Walter Isaacson. This is an amazing book and I encourage all of you to read it. Applying this principle has changed my life for the better because it made me aware of the negative people I surround myself with every day. When your living with bipolar and trying to manage it daily, there’s nothing more important than to have positive people in your life. I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 17 years, and one thing which helped me progress forward in life was changing who I surround myself with. Why?
I’ve had 17+ years to think about my triggers, self-esteem, motivation, and confidence. And, here’s what I’ve learned –
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn how to manage time effectively. The last couple of months, I’ve been trying to find time management strategies that work well for me. I have a habit of wasting a lot of time, and this slows down my productivity. For example, a project I’m working on which is supposed to take 1 hour has taken 2-3 hours because of constant distractions. I’m on the mission in life to get more done in my day because time is the most valuable commodity you have. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Pomodoro technique and it’s work incredibility well at increasing my productivity, focus, and quality of life.
One of my biggest challenges has been to create lasting change. I know for changes to be of any value they must be consistent and permanent. For example, imagine you want to lose weight, but only go to the gym twice then stop. Your attempt at losing weight with this routine will get you nowhere. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what helps create lasting change. I want to share some of my strategies with you and credit Anthony Robbins book – Awaken the Giant Within for providing me with the support I need.
One thing that stopped me for years from changing my negative habits was my fear of being in an uncomfortable zone. As humans, it’s normal to stay where your comfortable because it’s the area of least resistance. In this zone, you don’t have to put yourself through any pain or hard work. Another name for this area is “lazy zone” because you don’t have to do anything more than what you’ve been comfortable with. We fear to make changes because we don’t know what to expect when trying new things. This is the same reason why some businesses never prosper because they fail to take risks. You’ve probably heard – the higher the risk, the higher the reward. Anyways, for a long time, I wanted to stay stagnant and not change what I’m comfortable with. But, there’s a problem with this mentality…
After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I’m become more intrigued with the human mind. I want to know what causes people to view external situations differently. For example, two people can be in the same exact situation as each other and have a completely different perspective on it. One will view it as a positive learning experience, and the other completely opposite—as something negative. Here’s what’s even more intriguing…
If you view it positively, you’ll attract the same kind of energy your way, allowing you to overcome adversity with less of an impact on your mind. However, if you view it negatively, you’ll face a different kind of energy; one which holds you back, causing anxiety and stress. I believe this is what leads to low productivity, depression, low self-esteem, and poor confidence. How do I know this?