It took a long time to get my meds “right” and to start to put the pieces of my life back together. (I’m still working on it) I think that’s the case for many with bipolar disorder. It takes awhile to get properly diagnosed, and then for a while you feel like a guinea pig with the meds. By which point a lot of damage has been done. On top of learning how to manage this illness, many of us are also dealing with all the repercussions of the roller coaster we’ve been on. There is loss, frustrations, shame, and anger. I think it’s important to have patience with ourselves. It can take a long time to put the pieces back together, and to accept that it’s not the same picture it used to be.
Managing my mental health is a daily battle. I learned that keeping a routine is essential. I focus on the basics, keeping it simple. I make sure I get sleep, proper nutrition, take my meds and push myself to socialize. I exercise and practice mindfulness and wakeful rest to manage my anxiety. I learned how to say no, even though I still feel anxiety and guilt when I do. I’ve learned to recognize my triggers and try to manage them. I struggle to accept my limitations and respect them. I try to recognize the early warning signs of an episode and put coping mechanisms into place. I still struggle daily but I consider myself stable(ish). I’ve recently had my medications adjusted again, and I accept that as a integral part of managing my illness.
It’s important to ask for help when we need it. Seek professional help and help ourselves and each other best we can. Speak out about Mental Illness to help fight the stigma. And most of all be kind and patient with ourselves.
Here is a link to S.E. Taylor’s Blog titled Sibple.com.
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