I would like to speak about one of the top ways to improve your bipolar illness that does not involve medication. I believe medication needs to be a part of a strong plan to get you better. However, there are other ways to help get you better as well.
This is a simple yet highly effective way to get your head in the right place. Simply go through all the piles in your house and put them in the “to get rid of pile” or “to keep pile”. Individuals tend to keep more than they need. So, ask yourself, “will I miss this in six months if I get rid of this now?”
The whole point of this exercise is to organize your environment so that you keep your mind organized. It makes a world of a difference if you have things neatly filed away or put in totes around you. I feel so much better when I know where everything is at. Look at the following totes. They are stackable and see through to allow you easy access to the contents in case you forget where something is at.
Sometimes it is easier to tackle organizing one area at a time. If it has been awhile since you have gone through your stuff, you may want to divide it up into one area per evening. For example, tackle a bedroom closet tonight. Depending on how big your closet is will dictate the length of time for the job.
If you want to be ambitious and go through everything in your place, you can tackle your dressers next. Make piles stating: “to keep”, “to donate” and “get rid of”.
The whole idea is to de-stress and reduce the impact on your bipolar illness. So, if you start to get more agitated as you tackle the various messes, take a break and come back later. Think of the process as a marathon and not a sprint.
Environmental Extremes Impact Bipolar Disorder
I wrote an article about how environmental extremes impact those with bipolar disorder. You can read about it HERE, Environmental Extremes Impact Bipolar Disorder. Individuals with bipolar illness are more sensitive to these environmental extremes and normal environmental factors.
That is why it is so important to organize your surroundings and clean. Keeping things organized, clean and simple can literally change your outlook on life. It can reduce stress, decrease irritation, and increase your overall effective way of living.
Once you are done organizing, you can tackle cleaning. If you have a significant other, you can help one another. While one is organizing, the other can clean the place. That way, you are sharing in the responsibility and making it easier to live in.
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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