I know it can be hard to hold down a job when living with Bipolar Disorder. I was very fortunate enough to find my passion which was blogging. I’m more like a freelancer writing content on a contract basis. It helps pay my bills and I’m getting by just fine. However, through blogging I have been able to connect with different people and hear what they have to say. Even though, I’m a blogger, it’s important to keep my options open because you never know when things will shift leaving me in a tight spot. I do take time to explore other options and have come across a few awesome opportunities if your willing to put in some time and effort. Before I continue, here’s what so special about these opportunities –
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.
I have my days where I feel like completely giving up on life. Some days, I feel like I’m progressing just fine, but others I have these negative thoughts which keep entering my mind. I guess I feel like giving up on the days I’m faced with extra challenges or when I’m plain old tired. It’s amazing because some days I feel like I can change the world, then “boom” something happens and I feel like I have no control at all. It’s a vicious cycle which never stops and I don’t think it will.
Being scared sucks. You feel weak when you’re afraid of things because in society people look at weak people as less. I look at being scared as having fear of doing things. It’s a feeling which stops you dead in your tracks because the fear of something happening is the same as being scared of it happening. Does that make sense? Anyways, an interesting story made me want to put this content together. It’s more of an open journal entry for all of you to read. I’m always trying to make sense of my feelings so they work for me not against me. I’m trying to be more conscious about my feelings and how they improve me as a person. So, let me tell you what happen today which made me want to write this journal entry (content).
Depression is very crippling if you don’t know how to get a grip on it. Even if you do have a strategy for lowering your depressive symptoms it might not always work. I know how depression can take the enjoyment out of life because I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years. I’ll be in a manic phase then “boom” will fall into depression for a few days. For some, the highs and lows can be extreme causing longer periods of instability. For me, depression is way more crippling because it sucks the life right out of me. It makes you question the reason for living and if you’ll ever get better.
Over the years, I have dedicated myself to helping others. I’ve taken time to find healthy ways to cope with depression and want to pass on what I’ve learned. You see, living with depression doesn’t need to be the end of the road because it can be the beginning of progress. Research shows there are effective strategies proven to work in treating depression. From my own personal experience of living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years, you can truly be happy by making a few changes to your lifestyle. That’s right, you need to make lifestyle changes to beat depression and live the joyous life you deserve.
Alcohol has been a part of my life even before I was even diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I started drinking because of peer pressure and it continues to be a part of my life today. The standard answer when you ask your doctor if you should drink after being diagnosed with bipolar is – NO. Even though I was told this by my doctor from day one, it’s been hard to implement a no drinking policy into my life. I’ve been unsuccessful because socially it’s like I was expected to drink alcohol and would feel left out if I didn’t. Only recently, I started to wean myself off alcohol for health reasons and my decision came after learning about how destructive it can be for someone living with bipolar disorder.
Here’s the bottom-line –
The biggest problem with bipolar disorder and alcohol is it directly interacts with your mood.
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.
Bipolar disorder affects everyone differently. The challenges you face when you’re diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be overwhelming, but let’s think about the people around us. Let’s think about the difficulties faced by our family and friends now that they need to support us during these times. I’ll admit, it was hard for my parents because I wasn’t the easiest guy to deal with. I would have mood swings, negative reactions to medications, and until today constantly rely on them to provide support whenever I need it. It’s been an ongoing challenge for both of us and continues to be one. But, the good news is that everything is a learning experience and one’s misfortune can be great knowledge for someone else…right?
I chose this topic for two reasons:
1) We all need support and it’s important everyone knows what to expect when supporting someone with bipolar disorder. Even though I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years, I sometimes need to help others recently diagnosed with it. I’ve learned a lot from people close to me who have taken out the time to help me, and I want to share my knowledge with you.
2) It was a question posted on my Facebook page. I promised I would write about it and I always keep my promises.
Let’s get started. These are my own personal tips so feel free to leave a comment providing your tips below the content. 🙂
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.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve had this thought in my mind, especially, after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I always felt as though certain events in my life caused my bipolar disorder so if I’m able to turn back time, I would no longer have bipolar disorder. If you haven’t noticed, I have a contact us page on my blog and get several emails each week from people with and without bipolar disorder. Those living with bipolar disorder send through questions or need someone to speak to which is why I started the BipolarDigest Community. Those people without bipolar disorder send emails to find out more about mental illnesses and how they can find out if they have bipolar disorder or not. I try to answer every email within 1 day. Anyways,