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Vacations and Bipolar Disorder

Vacations and Bipolar Disorder

It is that time of the season. Many individual and families are putting their vacation plans together. For some, a vacation consists of running around at full speed with major anxiety and stress. Others may prefer to try a new activity, such as zip-line or scuba diving. Many with bipolar disorder and myself included, prefer the relaxed, slower than normal pace (warm climates help in the slowing down process). Doing the vacation thing with the least amount of anxiety or stress as possible does take a little advance planning.

The changes in your normal daily routine can make vacations very difficult for those with depression or bipolar disorder. Add to the lack of daily routines, perhaps some jet lag and time zone changes on one’s body clock can be exhausting. Make a special effort to set up a vacation daily schedule before you leave. Doing specific things at certain times of the day. Such as eating breakfast or exercising at the same time you do at home, if you exercise at 9 am on the east coast do it at 9 am on the west coast. Pay attention to how easy your transportation will be. Avoid long stretches of driving or flying “red-eye” flights. Sidestep any three-hop flights, no matter how much money they save. The added anxiety about making flights and even the aircraft landings can add major stress.

My wife and I enjoy vacationing in New Mexico. We fly in and out of Albuquerque, stay in the same hotel our first and last day of each trip. The hotel is clean, priced right has a pool and hot tub. There is a great restaurant within walking distance. All of this has the benefit of a routine, with a loose schedule of where will be on two certain days. Plan or make reservations for one or two special activities for the week. Do your research on what your destination has to offer. Enjoy a few things that pique your interest on particular day, as weather and availability permits. Schedules are wonderful but they can add stress trying to meet the time constraints, these can be vacation killers. The familiarity of the location helps relieve anxieties of travel.

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Phobias, Anxieties and Work (Part 2)

Phobias, Anxieties and Work (Part 2)

Anxiety can happen in a blink of an eye. Simply repeating the two words of “what if” to yourself can start the process of building anxiety. These are several points about self talk and their messages that I want to address.

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Productivity Habits for the Bipolar or Depressed Individual (Part 2)

Productivity Habits for the Bipolar or Depressed Individual (Part 2)

Productivity Habits for the Bipolar or Depressed Individual (Part 1)

Many people don’t make the best use of their time. If possible, avoid meetings that you are a fly on the wall, having little input. Are the projects you are currently working on more important than this meeting? Can you get the minutes or highlights of the meeting? Most business meetings take twice as long to complete than what is required to get through the materials needed. If you are curious on how much a meeting costs, for every $10,000 of salary, each hour is worth typically $5.95; a salary of $50,000 is worth $29.75 times each person in the meeting. Six people with all the same salary of $50,000 makes each hour worth or costs the company $178.50 per hour. This only includes the meeting time; preparation, photocopying and power point presentations are additional.

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Disclose or Not Disclose Depression, Bipolar to Employer

Disclose or Not Disclose Depression, Bipolar to Employer

I was on the radio recently as a guest of Dr Stan Frager on WGTK, and I was asked about bipolar or depression disclosure. If you do not need to be accommodated while at work, I recommend don’t disclose. When approaching supervisors try using the statement of “I work best when…” I believe its best not to give other people information they do not need.

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Setting Business Goals When You Have Bipolar or Depression

Goal setting in business is not that different than goals for personal use. One of the main differences is that personal goals are used to benefit the writer, while goals for business affect the writer, co-workers and the supervisor/boss. By its nature bipolar disorder disrupts the goals for work, goals for life and

Setting Business Goals When You Have Bipolar or Depression

When thinking about goals and tasks, maintaining routines is very important; especially for the person with depression or bipolar disorder. It’ easy to get caught up in the pressure of deadlines, expectations of your role at work and trying to balance a social life. Specific times set aside for spouse, friends, leisure time and even mealtime can bring a sense of stability to individuals coping with bipolar disorder or depression. So how do you set business goals?

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