Category : Growth

Changing Habits General Growth

The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Sleep

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.

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I Wish I Could Start My Life Over – Really?

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,

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Daily Check-In Thread – August 8th, 2017

Another day has passed and another has come upon us!

Today, I woke up a little late which is always a bummer because I have so much to do. But, I’m going to stay positive by telling myself that every day will not be a perfect day. It’s these small disappointments which make me a better person. Before I would have taken things more seriously and this would have caused me to fall very depressed. However, after several years of learning how to stay positive, I’m not going to let a slow start to my day hold me back from accomplishing my goals. Anyways, other than getting up at 12 PM, I did have a good clean breakfast and got in a quick workout. Making sure my health is top priority is important to me so every time I complete a workout, I feel great.

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2 Methods to Uncover Our Limiting Beliefs

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.

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5 Effective Ways to Help You Recover After Hypo/Mania

For anyone living with bipolar disorder, you know how hard it is to go from one extreme to another. When I was first diagnosed, I had an extremely hard time dealing with my depression, and a harder time managing my mania.

During my depression phase, I wouldn’t socialize, leave my home, I felt hopeless, and I always questioned the meaning of life. I’m sure we’ve all asked that question, but imagine asking the same question for two weeks straight. Things were tough. But, mania, on the other hand, can be an awesome experience for some because you’re the total opposite. You’re the type of person you wished you always were, for example, outgoing, social, productive, motivated, and ready to take on every challenge. However, for people like myself living with bipolar disorder, our hypo state, doesn’t last long. There’s a crash, and at this point I would start to question everything again i.e. the reason for living, my friends, and my life goals. However, this all changed once I started to implement the following strategies to remain calm after hypo/mania.

They are extremely effective because they help you remain positive during dark depressing times.

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A Better June 2017 Starts Today – Learn 1 New Thing Everyday

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.

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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Anxiety and How Therapy Changed Her Life

Since a very young age, Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight. She’s been adored by millions of people for her acting, singing, and presence on social media (supporting others). We often think celebrities are immune to mental disorders because they’ve achieved so much success. But, you can see in my “celebrity bipolar” series, this is not true and they experience the same emotional rollercoasters as all of us do. As you read Selena Gomez’s experience with anxiety, you’ll learn how people with bipolar have a similar mindset as those living with other mental illnesses. For example, we ask the same questions, take a proactive role in getting the right help, and try to find an effective way to manage our mental disorder.

But, before we continue,

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“A+” People Produce “A+” People – A Solid Support Circle

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 –

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A Better May 2017 Starts Today – Leverage The Pomodoro Technique

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.

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Personal Transformation Journey 1 – Understanding What Causes Lasting Change

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…

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