The Most Useful Bipolar Management Tool Is Empowerment
I've often been asked how I can be so high-functioning as a bipolar. I would say that my number one most useful bipolar management tool is empowerment. I'm talking about self-empowerment in which you believe in yourself. Empowerment, a bipolar management tool, causes you to think positively about bipolar disorder. It doesn't negate all the bad, but it makes you see the good. It's important to see the good. Life can't go on without it.
Today is a gray day. The kind I hate. The last few days have been full of sunshine and I didn't get to bask in it as much as I would've liked. I like to get out of the house and sit in the sun as I write. The sun invigorates me.
But, today there is no sun.
So, how do I deal with the feeling of dread that enters me whenever I look up at the sky? I remember the sun. I remember that tomorrow it might come out. It probably will come out. I remember that I'm alive and the feeling surges through me. It empowers me to look on the positive side of things.
It's so easy to get bogged down by the hard things. Feelings of inadequacy, bipolar symptoms, and life can make one want to squeeze into a little ball and sleep until it's gone. But, those things will never leave until you make them get up and out of the way.
So, you have to face them head on. Get up out of bed. Open the blinds. Live life.
Empower Yourself to Use Bipolar Management Tools
How do you do that when the symptoms of bipolar set over you? You get a team to help you. You'll need a psychiatrist, a therapist, and something to get up for. Don't have a psychiatrist that you trust? Interview new ones. Ask them their take on your disorder and what they'd recommend for medication.
Only you can make a difference in your life. Empower yourself to make some good choices. Find something that makes you happy. Find something that makes you willing to get up out of bed. Whether it's painting or walking the dog or appreciating your family and friends, it will empower you. It will make you remember why you want to live.
Empowerment, a bipolar tool, will change your life for the better. You'll wake up every day feeling different, happier, and more secure. Mood changes will not go away for some. Instead of becoming frustrated, become empowered that today you will make a difference and head toward recovery.
It may not work today, but there's always tomorrow.
Fender, C. (2010, February 4). The Most Useful Bipolar Management Tool Is Empowerment, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bipolarvida/2010/02/empower-yourself-a-bipolar-tool
Author: Cristina Fender
I'm glad you've learned the value of positive self talk. I'm just learning more about it and I'll share what I know.
I think a great combination is medication and attitude. If you believe you can, you will. I think a great attitude makes you realize that you have to do all you can to help yourself just like you're doing.
Keep it up and nothing can stop you!
Nice to have you visit. I hope you'll keep reading.
I think functioning is a relative term. What may be functioning for me may not be functioning for you. I do my best to live through the anxious moments by remembering that tomorrow is another day. And it might be sunny!