These are 5 things to help your bipolar disorder. I am assuming you are already taking your medication.
Exercise is without a doubt one of the top things you can do to improve your overall well-being and functionality. Most studies that show a positive impact on bipolar disorder and depression are based primarily on aerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercise (i.e. weight training) has shown to have positive results in conjunction with an aerobic exercise program and a healthy diet. Always talk with your doctor first before starting any exercise or exercise program.
Fish oil has been shown to have some antidepressant properties. Taking close to 1,000iu units a day could possibly enhance your mood by taking it together with your other medications. Chat with your doctor before starting any sort of supplement or starting any supplementation program.
Besides supplementing with Vitamin D, you can always go outside when it is sunny. You get Vitamin D directly from the sun. It may be worth talking to your doctor to make sure that your Vitamin D levels are in check. A couple of times in the past I found out that my levels were drastically low. Having low Vitamin D levels can be a strong indicator of depression. I supplemented with Vitamin D and made some medication changes. Then, I was fine. As with any other supplement, chat with your doctor before starting Vitamin D or starting any supplementation program.
3. Positive Attitude
Maintaining a positive attitude is vital when you have bipolar disorder. One of the ways you can do this is by listing what you are grateful for when you wake up in the morning. Simply think about the things you are grateful for or write them down in a journal. Do this again at night. Go through in your head the things you are grateful for or jot them down in a journal. Click HERE, Short-Term and Long-Term Goals with Bipolar Disorder to get some further ideas behind this line of thinking.
A positive attitude is crucial with the ups and downs of our illness. Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc on our self-talk. The best way to battle it is to “train” our minds, chat with our psychologists, other positive people, and doctors. This will get you in the right direction.
Meditation is a fantastic way to center yourself and calm down. Not only does meditation help as an antidepressant, but as an anti anxiety agent as well. There are apps for meditation and you can simply google “meditation” to get some good ideas. You can add how much time you would like to meditate and google it like this: “meditation for 15 minutes”, “meditation for 10 minutes”, and so forth.
Some people enjoy taking actual classes about meditation. I found one at my library and at the local community college. I know many individuals like yoga. Not only is it good exercise, but it has great meditative properties.
I put socialize as number 5 because of how important it is to be around other people.
When you are depressed, everyone always speaks about doing the opposite. If you have no energy, you are supposed to go out for a walk. If you do not feel like being around other people, you are encouraged to socialize. In theory, those things sound great. I, however, know what it feels like to be depressed and it is near impossible to start anything new. That is why it is important to start socializing and working out before you go through an episode. Then, when you do go through an episode, you can carry the momentum you started and hopefully take it on like it is part of your daily ritual.
Socializing allows you the opportunity to expand your support network and be around other people like yourself. Some people go to Meetups, others join a group at church and many like a support group. Whatever it is, try to put yourself out there and see where things go.
If you are newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder or simply want some more information, please click HERE, Bipolar Disorder, What Does it Really Mean?. If you are interested in a book that goes over what it is like to have bipolar disorder, click below to order the very first book I read on bipolar disorder. It is a memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison.
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