Environmental extremes are the factors that mainly have an impact on bipolar disorder, besides the chemical component. From Bipolar Disorder, What Does it Really Mean?, I explain the various terminology of bipolar disorder and go into its definition. Your lifestyle is a component that affects your bipolar disorder in addition to both the environmental and chemical components. I will be talking primarily about the environmental component in this article.
It is important to live your life but to be reasonable when it comes to your illness. Our illness is a disorder or extremes. To alleviate the symptomology of the disorder, it makes sense to lessen the extremes in your life.
Did you know that when you participate in an extreme activity or sport, some of the same chemicals that flush through your body during a manic episode do so during the extreme sport or activity as well? It should be important for you to avoid extreme anything and everything. I am not saying that just because you skydive out of an airplane, extreme board, extreme cycle, extreme rock climb or extreme ski, you will become manic. I am saying that you will increase the likelihood that you help trigger your body into an episode.
I discussed my thoughts regarding triggers in Relationships Can Save You or Destroy You. Bipolar is a disorder of extremes affecting your mood, energy, motivation, sleep, hunger and thought processes. Therefore, it is important to get these various aspects of the illness under control and in a constant routine. That is why you can come into a problem when one of these elements are thrown off.
Take for example your sleep. You are asking for disaster if you force yourself to stay up all night for a week straight. Again, I am not saying you are going to get manic just because you stay awake for a week straight. The other chemicals in your body may be in a great state and your medications could be on point. I am just saying you are increasing your likelihood of having an episode.
That is why sleep goes under the heading of “triggers”. It is a hit or miss and it is like playing with fire and gasoline if you mess around with your sleep.
The routine I am talking about is going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. Make sure you READ HERE ABOUT Screen Time and Bipolar Disorder.
I believe an individual I do not know personally, but who I know has a firm grasp on bipolar disorder, can talk about the illness in a very eloquent way. The first book I ever read about bipolar disorder (and changed my life by the way) was written by Kay Redfield Jamison. Please pick it up below and let me know what you think, ok?
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