Weekend Update With JP 4.0

weekend update with JP 4.0

Welcome to the Weekend Update with JP!

 

Hey, everyone!  Thank you for taking time out of your day to join me.

 

I hope your weekend is going fantastic!

 

I have been quite busy with The Bipolar Battle and trying to spread the word about my work.

 

I’d like to share some of my thoughts and what is happening in my Bipolar world.

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Month

 

September is suicide prevention month.  The risk of suicide in those with Bipolar Disorder is 15 times greater than that of the general population.

 

Depression is often characterized by:

 

1) A loss of interest in what the patient used to enjoy

 

2) Being withdrawn

 

3) A loss of hope

 

4) Feeling sad or down

 

5) Oversleeping or Insomnia

 

6) Weight gain or loss

 

7) Loss of energy

 

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, call The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours a day) at 1-800-273-8255.  You can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

 

 

 

No Control

 

As with any chronic illness, I have no control how Bipolar Disorder will affect me from day-to-day.  Yes, I can take preventative measures and utilize my coping skills.  However, when it comes down to it, I am dealing with a mental illness.  Medications help to stabilize everything about me and I use them as the basis for my overall treatment.  I do my best to adhere to a wellness plan every day.

 

Each night right before bed I always ask myself, “what is tomorrow going to bring?”.  I always have a heightened sense of anxiety because the uncertainty can be unbearable.  Will I wake up ready to conquer the day or barely able to function?

 

Generally, people seem to be either a morning person or a night person.  When it comes to Bipolar Disorder, I can be both.  I just never know.

 

I know that I have control of my illness up to a point.  When I say that, I mean I can implement preventative measures to build a strong foundation so I do not experience an episode.  Sometimes I can work to be as healthy as I can, but my brain chemicals can switch in a heartbeat.  If you would like to learn more about positive habits you can start, CLICK HERE.

 

I am not one to victimize myself.  That is why I try my hardest to proactively take the reins of my illness.  I have noticed a huge difference in this line of thinking over the years.  I have generally had a positive result due to my efforts.  You should try creating a preventative plan for yourself too.

 

 

 

Reframing

 

My kiddos started back to school in the past couple of weeks.  Although I’ll miss them at school, it will give me some extra time to run errands, get things done, reteach myself to draw and work on my blog.

 

I mention this about my kids because a simple change in your environment can affect your illness in either a positive or negative way.  I am so used to having my son around, I must get over the fact he is starting school.  He is gone for only a couple of hours each day.  What do they say?  Isn’t it usually harder on the parents more so than the kids?

 

In this case, I am reframing the way I look at the situation.  Like I said above, it will give me some time to do the things that are generally a little harder to work on when he is around.  So, now I am looking at the situation in a positive light.  See, it is a change in my perspective and how I simply look at him going to school differently.

 

Do you have any examples of reframing that you would like to share?

 

 

 

Restarting My Blog Mastermind Class

 

This year in April (2017) I began my blog.  To help me get started, I went through Blog Mastermind 2.0.  I went through the whole class once to get the ball rolling.  I took copious amounts of notes and set up The Bipolar Battle.

 

Since April, I have done TONS of research to make my blog the best that it can be.  Now, I feel I am on information overload and can barely figure out my left from my right.

 

To help me refocus, I plan to retake Blog Mastermind 2.0.

 

 

 

Starting an Online Marketing Business

 

I have also found a very lucrative online business.  It is a great adjunct to my blog as I can incorporate this new online business together.

 

For those who would like to work at home or travel and work from their laptop, it is a great opportunity.

 

I’m looking forward to the possibilities.

 

Having Bipolar Disorder, it is a great way to make some extra money like a blog.  I like this business because it is turnkey with the platform, system, and products completely setup.  It is similar to owning a franchise, but online.

 

If you are interested in checking it out, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

New Posting Schedule

 

I have been publishing posts on both Monday and Thursday each week.  Due to my new commitments to both my marketing business and retaking my Blog Mastermind class, I will cut back to posting once a week.

 

Posts will be published on Wednesday each week along with my weekly e-mail newsletter.

 

I will also post my Weekend Update with JP every so often.  The posting time is not set in stone.

 

 

 

Wrapup

 

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please e-mail me at john@thebipolarbattle.com.

 

To review my other Weekend Update with JP posts, you can click Weekend Update 3.0Weekend Update 2.0 and Weekend Update 1.0.

 

Until next time, take care of yourself! 😊