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Extra Income General Growth Success

The Bipolar Guide for Making Money Online: I Made $165.00 on Fiverr Last Week

When I told you about losing my job, I promised when I found ways to make money online that I would share it with all of you so you could start doing the same. I read in mental health communities how tough it was for people with bipolar to find workand/or keep a steady job. Well, here’s a great alternative you should consider, which allows you to work from home and earn decent money.

I’ve been trying new things online to make money because I lost my job last week. I decided to try a freelance network called Fiverr.com. I’ve had an account on Fiverr for a while, but never really set it up until I lost my job. Fiverr is free to join, so you should check it out. Even if you have a full-time job, it’s a great way to earn extra money without the added stress because you set your own hours, deadlines, and price.

Here’s how it works. The platform connects buyers who need online work done with sellers who can do it for them. Some gigs includes writing content, designing websites, doing small coding projects, transcribing video, creating a logo design, creating audio and video editing. You can pretty much post anything into one of these categories, and set a maximum price of $5.00. The cool thing is once you’ve built your reputation after working on a few projects, you’ll be able to add gig extras, allowing you to make more money.

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General Goals Growth

The Ultimate Bipolar Guide: 10 Ways to Increase Productivity Right Now

It’s hard for me to sometimes get things done because I lose focus very quickly. The problem is I get demotivated within minutes if something doesn’t go my way or if things don’t flow smoothly. I already have a hard time staying motivated because some days I wake up tired, have very little energy or have overslept. I wonder if bipolar and productivity can be related? What do you think?

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Communication Growth Just My Thoughts

How Do I Stop the Voices (Noises) In My Head?

Managing bipolar effectively takes patience because it takes time to find out what works well for you. For example, in the last 17 years, I’ve learned to take everything with a grain of salt, and have trained myself to always take a step back before defining any situation. This is important to me because when I would listen to the negative noise in my mind, it would cause unnecessary stress, attracting more negative energy. I’ve written about the power of positive energy and that what you put out is what you let in.

In other words, negative energy attracts negative thoughts and vice versa with positive energy attracting positive thoughts. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness and the way you define situations and view your environment can play a major role in managing triggers. Would you agree that stress, anxiety, sleep pattern, and certain events in your life have been known to trigger a manic episode? I know for certain after living and managing bipolar for 17 years that the onset of stress because of a big event or work would be a definite trigger in my life.

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Changing Habits General Growth

10 Foods I Eat And Avoid Because I’m Bipolar

After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I had to make some serious lifestyle changes. I needed to find ways to manage my bipolar by incorporating exercise, nutrition, and positivity (from surrounding myself with positive people). I knew learning to manage bipolar and living a joyful life was in my control, so I had to make these changes on my own to conquer the highs and lows.

Like other lifestyle changes, I wanted to research how certain foods can help control my highs and lows.. Some people don’t mind the high points, but I noticed it can get out of control sometimes. During these phases, my alcohol consumption and spending would go through the roof, which I’d regret afterwards. I wanted to find a fair balance so I would have better control of my mood swings and my life.

When I did my research, and talked to my psychiatrist about managing bipolar, she told me to incorporate a nutritious diet in the following ways:

  • Incorporate foods that fight depression,
  • Incorporate foods that are calming and help manage mania.

Below you’ll find my list of foods to avoid when living with bipolar disorder. It has been split into two categories to keep things organized. Everyone is different and some foods may not affect you the way it does me. But skim through and let me know your thoughts.

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Changing Habits Growth

Managing Bipolar Through Attaining a Peaceful Mental State

Managing bipolar is tough since we all have our own set of triggers that throw us off. After 17 years of living with bipolar, I’ve become good at understanding what triggers my manic episodes. For example, factors like stress, anxiety, and personal struggles like a life-changing event can set off a manic episode. During the last 7 years, I became fascinated with understanding how the mind works in managing triggers. I’ve learned it’s all about the way you view a situation or a life-changing event. By practicing mind over matter, something that would have bothered me before no longer has the same effect.

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Changing Habits Growth

Feeling Great After An Intense Workout – Quick Motivation

A quick post to encourage all of you to hit the gym because the benefits cannot be underestimated. If you do a quick search in Google, you’ll find articles on the relationship between bipolar and exercise. Research and studies conclude that exercise is an anti-depressant in itself. Exercising on a regular basis will release natural pain killers called endorphins. These play a major role in elevating your mood and reducing triggers caused from negative thinking or anxiety. If you’ve been reading my previous content, then you know how I’ve stated several times that stress, anxiety, and negative thinking over time can trigger an episode. Endorphins released through exercise can be attributed to lowering stress and anxiety as well as combat negative thinking.

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Changing Habits Growth

How Positive Thinking Helped Control My Mood Swings

The power of positive thinking cannot be underestimated. Over the years, I’ve connected with a lot of people who successfully managed their bipolar by switching their approach to situations. I believe everything comes down to the following – the power of negative and positive thinking. But, it’s important to mention both have a huge impact on your life in distinct ways.

When I started to practice “the power of positive thinking”, I noticed it was important to break down thought processes. For example, internalizing the power of positive thinking (in the beginning) should be an approach taken systematically. That’s one of the best ways to really understand how and what you should be doing when put in a negative situation.

Why is this important when managing bipolar?

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Growth Just My Thoughts

Have I Changed or Medication Changed Me?

This is something I’ve been asking myself for several years now, and it’s hard to figure out an answer. I’ve been living with Bipolar since mid-2000, and have been on different medications over the years. However, I’ve had so many experiences over the last 16 years, it’s tough NOT to ask how these have shifted the way I communicate, interact, control emotions, or even react. I believe transformation is the true cure for Bipolar because you learn so much about yourself, and make adjustments to handle triggers more effectively. I can tell you transparently, some of the things which use to bother me 7 years ago, don’t bother me anymore. Here’s something else,

The things that bothered me would be responsible for triggering manic-episodes, and now that I can control my feelings towards certain situations, I’m able to control my mood swings. However, the question I battle with once in a while is – Have I changed or the medication changed me?

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Changing Habits General Growth

My Experience with Psychosocial Therapy as a Treatment for Bipolar

Since I was first diagnosed with Bipolar in 2000, I have been on a mix of different medications. Some have been more valuable than others, helping me stabilize my mood swings, however, I would NOT give them so much credit as to changing my life. Many people believe finding a good mix in medication with very little side-effects will help you live happy day-to-day. I’m living proof that it’s much more complicated than that because medication doesn’t help you deal with the daily stresses of life. For example, ask yourself these questions…Will medication

  1. help you deal with stress?
  2. make you happy?
  3. perfect your relationships?
  4. help you lose weight?

I still have to give enormous credit to medication, and the role it played within my life. It helped me deal with my mood swings so I can live a balanced life, however, many of the changes I made have to do with something called “Psychosocial Therapy”. Here’s a quick definition:

 “Psychosocial therapy helps people learn about their moods, thoughts, behaviors and how they influence their lives. They also provide ways to help restructure thinking and respond to stress and other conditions.” nami.org

I’ve always believed medication lays the foundation because it helps stabilize your mood swings, but it’s how you handle situations that really help you excel in life. If you can determine what triggers your mood swings or depressive state, then you can find constructive ways to handle those situations reducing the actual “trigger” …right?

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Changing Habits Growth Success

How Planning My Day Gives Me A Mental High

I believe you are in control of your ultimate destiny, even though, at times, it may seem harder than before. However, just the fact that you are in control means you have the ability to manage, and create, situations that give you a mental high.

Suffering from bipolar has allowed me to really understand my train of thoughts, and I’m able to categorize them as either positive or negative. Today, I want to talk about something special that I suffered with for many years. We all have certain aspects of our lives that play a crucial role every day like relationships, work, health, self-fulfillment, etc., and it’s how we feel about them mentally that makes them either good or bad. For example, if I create a mind-frame that my relationship with my girlfriend is horrible, then that negative thought will haunt me until I can flip it upside down. I’ll admit that many times, it’s horrible and I have to work at it to make things right, but suffering from “bipolar” has caused me to view things negativity even when they are going well.

It’s this part that has caused me the MOST suffering from 1998 onwards. I was officially diagnosed with bipolar in 2000, however, way before that, I had to deal with conflicting thoughts, which affected several parts of my life.

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