On January 5th, 2016, I wrote a blog post about my downward spiral, and how I woke up feeling hopeless. I also mentioned a few reasons I thought I was feeling the way I did. Anyway, today is January 6th, 2016 and I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better. I accomplished a lot, and feel great about the momentum I have about different aspects of my life. Here’s what I did today, and want to give you guys a little inspiration afterwards.
I woke up around 11AM and pushed myself to get out of bed, and started working right away. I slept around 7 hours, which is perfect because the night before, I felt as though I had overslept, which left me even more tired than before. If you have been reading on the sleep-wake cycle, then you’ll know how important a consistent pattern is for those who live with bipolar.
One of the hardest things when setting your schedule is to actually get out of bed, however, I’ve found if you can take the first step, and jump out of bed, then you’ll be fine. I use another trick at the same time: I keep a glass of water near my bed and dip my fingers in so I can put cold water on my eyes right when I wake up. This kills the desire to keep sleeping. Next,
I read a lot of books by Anthony Robbins, and learned the minute you take any action, you have shifted the outcome. In other words, when you’ve mentality decided to get out of bed and take the first step, you’ve transformed your entire day. That’s something for you guys to think about and implement into everything you do or are thinking about doing.
If you read my post published on January 5th, 2016, I talked about the importance of exercise. The holidays messed up my schedule, and I didn’t work out as hard as I did previously. I felt this played a role in my mood swings because exercise relieves enormous stress in my life. With increased exercise, you have a flow of endorphins in your blood, which are your body’s natural pain killers. I believe, more than the increase in endorphins, it’s a mental high I get, knowing I accomplished something good or that will make a difference in my life. No one can argue exercise is good for you short- and long-term, but it also elevates my mood, knowing I accomplished something on my to-do list. Small completed steps give you motivation, and this I learned from Anthony Robbins – Awaken The Giant Within.
Eating Habits –
Eating habits are very important to me because it helps keep me on track of my lifestyle change. About 6 years ago, I was 20-30 pounds heavier and this was definitely a mental burden. If you’re like me and think about death, then you know what I’m talking about. I believe your destiny is planned for you, but GGod has given you the tools to make changes in your life for the better. In other words, God gave you a brain so use it to make a change in this world.
The same applies to my health and how this directly affects my attitude. When I go back 6 years I think about how unhealthy I was and how I would constantly worry about having a heart attack or suffer an early death. As a matter of fact, I have a family history of heart disease so would cycle in and out of depression knowing I was killing myself eating junk food 4-5 times per week. My workout was pretty much obsolete at the same time. You want to know when my wakeup call came?
Towards the end of 2009, everything pretty much became a reality for me in regards to my health. I ended up in the hospital, suffering from anxiety attacks, and when the doctor first saw me, I was struggling to catch my breath. It was the worst feeling in the world, and the doctor advised me I was overweight so I had to start doing something about it.
His EXACT words were:
“I’m not your dad, but I’ve seen 23 year old people die from heart failure. You have to start paying close attention to your lifestyle because life is a valuable thing to throw away.”
When he said that, it was like a light bulb went off.
I don’t want to get into it too much because I want to stay as focused as possible, but just wanted to give you an overview of why I think you’re eating habits are important. They have more of a mental influence than many think they do. When you eat well, you feel good, and when you feel good, you live great.
So here’s what I did after my downward spiral…
I went back and thought of everything I accomplished in the last 6 years in terms of weight loss and my eating habits. It meant a lot to me to get back on track so on January 6th, 2016, I woke up, and headed to the grocery store. It’s time to pick up what’s good for me and start cooking for myself again.
- Frozen veggies
- Brown bread
- Egg whites
- 9 Grain Bagels
- Vegetable soup
- Cottage cheese
My eating is pretty straight forward and right to the point! I don’t eat meat during the week, and focus on staying as clean until Saturday, which is my binge day. Why am I so strict on my eating?
There are a few reasons, and it goes past just living a healthier lifestyle.
If I’m able to stick to my diet plan, it’s a great way to discipline my mind for other challenges. In the past, many of my episodes were triggered because I wouldn’t prioritize what was important and this demotivated me because I felt like I wasn’t getting anything done.
It took a lot of reading and discipline to change my mind-frame so each time I complete what’s important, it elevates my mind like never before. This is important to stay positive, which helps stabilize my mood swings.
Wrapping It Up…
I’m glad I was able to share with you my downward spiral, and how I took a proactive role to find why it happened. I’m glad I shared what I’ve done since then, and how discipline can go a long way in changing things around almost immediately.
Tomorrow, I’m going to share how planning your day can serve as a mental high. Writing down small goals each day and checking them off can be a huge motivation.