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?
“Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. Between these mood episodes, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.”-webmd.com
You go from depressive states to manic episodes triggered by anxiety, stress, negative environment, lack of sleep, and others. Here’s some additional content on – 9 Biggest Triggers of Bipolar Mood Swings.
For the past 3 years now, I’ve been trying to understand how changing your way of thinking about situations can help manage your bipolar. For example, environmental factors around you can either trigger a manic or depressive episode, so learning to perceive situations differently can stop these triggers. In other words, the environment will continue to be just that, “the environment”, so it’s hard to change what’s happening around you. However, you can change the way you perceive things happening around you, This leads to a more effective way to manage bipolar, creating a healthy, positive, and abundant life.
I want to direct all of you to calmdownmind.com, a website referred to me by a good friend. This website transformed my life, and it’ll do the same for you. I want to take time in the next couple of months going through the passages that transformed my life. I’ll quote the paragraph and provide a more simpler explanation from my end. Hopefully, this will help you get a better understanding of the relationship between bipolar and positive thinking. .
1) You Are The Magnet That Attracts Your Reality
“Negative energies attract a negative reality. For example, if you are depressed, you end up attracting more reasons and situations to feel depressed about. This seems highly unfair to the “Me” that life should be so screwed up as to give more depression to a person who is already depressed. The truth however is that law of attraction is the operating principle of creation in this universe. Consciousness creates reality by “attracting” it.” – calmdownmind.com
A majority of the time, it’s our own reality that creates a state of negative energy and tension. Both can trigger an episode when living with bipolar. Once you have a negative thought in your mind, it can be hard to stop because the momentum has already started to build. Furthermore, this negative energy, from distorting reality, can cause depression, anxiety, and stress. If you have been living with bipolar, then you know either one can trigger a manic episode. On the other hand, if you can learn to control your thought patterns, you can control the negative energy from building up. If you are not contributing to the negative energy, then you’ll be contributing to the positive energy, which can make a huge difference in your life.
Before we continue, remember this: negative attracts negative, positive attracts positive.
Over the last few months, I’ve controlled negative thoughts, which have helped me control my mood swings. By eliminating negative thoughts, I’m eliminating the onset of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Here’s something else that’s important to mention: you create and define a situation. For example, if something happens that affects you, it doesn’t have an energy associated with it yet. The keyword in this is “yet” because the situation is neither negative nor positive. It’s how you view the situation that gives it a negative or positive association.
2) The Thoughts In Your Mind Attract More Thoughts Like It
This is beautiful so pay close attention –
“Get this – “A thought, when given attention, starts thinking more thoughts”. Each thought is a form of consciousness and it has the capacity to “attract” onto itself. So, when a negative thought arises in your mind, it has the capacity to attract more negative thoughts. The fuel for a thought is “attention”. A thought cannot survive without your attention. In the absence of attention, a thought simply loses its force and dies back into the nothingness from which it arose.” – calmdownmind.com
It’s important to understand the state of “allowing”. When you let a negative thought enters your mind and not give it any attention, it will flow through your mind without finding a temporary home. When you give attention to a thought, it’ll attract more like it. It’s beautiful to think and let a thought flow, however, if it’s a negative thought process that’s when things can affect you internally.
Living with bipolar for 17 years has been a struggle, especially understanding what the triggers are. From my experience (maybe yours too), it would be the feeling of hopelessness and not being good enough. One small external event would occur where I would associate negative energy and this would attract more negative energy. This would start a complete spiral leading to anxiety, depression, and an episode. But, I now practice the state of allowing and letting things unfold the way they are supposed to. Practicing the state of allowing doesn’t give you a chance to associate any kind of energy to an event, keeping your mind focused on the present.
Final note –
An event that occurred in your life is now in the past…right? Even talking on the phone 3 minutes ago is something that happened in the past. By living in the present, you are no longer giving any attention to the past. At this point, the so-called negative event no longer affects your life. That’s why the mind is such a powerful thing in controlling and managing bipolar.
Your assignment after reading this –
- Practice the state of allowing – anything that happens going forward, accept it as is. Reiterate to yourself that it’s supposed to happen because it somehow is making you better. Accept that everything is a learning process making you more aware and stronger for life going forward.
- The 1-minute rule – I know it’s hard to stop thinking about negative thoughts cold turkey, especially when starting. That’s why, going forward, you will not pay attention to negativity for longer than 1 minute. When something happens that affects you, accept it, allow it, and realize there is some sort of positive purpose behind it.
This will help you control the negative momentum. Remember how I mentioned how negative energy, when allowed, will continue to build negative energy? By refusing this after 1 minute you should be able to stop this negative momentum.