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Strategies For Wellness

The overall purpose of this blog that I have been posting for the last several months has been that of connecting you to a variety of informational tid-bits that you can use, and/or explore further. It is my hope that you have enjoyed some benefit from what has been provided here. The goal is empowerment; increased awareness, and the development of effective skills the objective.

If you are the person who struggles with the extreme mood swings of bipolar, or if you are someone who loves and cares for a person with bipolar disorder, you will benefit from marking this page and referring it often as you develop your own plan for achieving stability.

I am concluding my work with this blog over the next three posts; which includes this one. Today’s post is a summary of the self-help strategies that we have explored together. These are Strategies for Living Well and in Maintaining Stability and Balance. The next post will summarize strategies for caregivers; My hope is that this might be an easy reference for you. I am not able to categorize and capture everything that has been written, but if you go to the actual blog site you can see a list of titles to refer to as you develop your own unique personal strategies.

We have numerous strategies to choose from when seeking the right combinations of life style, self care, and therapy. I posted the links to some of my posts that addressed therapy in and of itself. You see some of those reposted here because I felt that they belonged in the category of Living Well and Maintaining Stability and Balance. With that said, we do better when we have a strategy. A strategy is a result of careful reflection and analysis of our one’s personal disposition, an awareness of the mental illness, and, and an evaluation of what has worked in the past. Such a strategy is the product of mush research about different interventions and therapies, and experience from trial and error. If you are currently consciously working toward improving your quality of life while seeking out effective tools for managing your symptoms of bipolar disorder, or if you are recovering from a major depression or a manic episode, my hope is that you will start with reviewing the idea of putting together your own personal wellness and recovery plan, and/or an action plan. The links to those activities are below here. In addition, you will see a collection of strategies that I have put together from the posts that I have written over the past months. Many of these posts also include links to further information or websites that might be of value to you as you explore the wide variety of strategies and seek out the ones that might work for you. I have organized them into categories for you.

Basic Strategic Planning And Therapies:

Wellness and Recovery Plan: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=28

Essential of a Wellness Plan: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=35

Integrating Spirituality into your Wellness Plan: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=42

Working through depression: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=321

Meditation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=340

Transcendental meditation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=345

Prayer: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=354

Mindfulness: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=359

Radical Acceptance: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=365

Strategies for managing stress: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=369

More tools for managing stress: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=373

Brain Entrainment: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=397

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (1): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=314

Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy(2): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=422

Laughter as therapy for healing: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=434

Laughter Clubs: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=439

Art Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=597

Mandala work for relaxation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=444

Mandala work for healing: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=449

Dance Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=602

Music Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=614

Staying balanced at work: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=463

Increasing Self Esteem: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=471

Repairing Relationship: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=476

Healing with Art: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=546

Self Acceptance (being authentic): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=558

Self Acceptance (Feeling good in your own skin): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=567

More Self acceptance and Inspirations to Keep you there: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=572

Understanding and Changing Behavior

Understanding your own behavior and what is really bothering you (My Distress ABC’s): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=66

Understanding the function of your behavior so that you can identify your authentic needs and find positive ways of getting them met: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=85

Understanding Yourself and Bipolar Disorder

Misdiagnosed?: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=91

Am I Delusional?: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=107

What if it Isn’t True?: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=117

Recovering From a Severe Episode:

Bad Bad Burn (Review): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=123

Bad Bad Burn (resetting): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=131

Bad Bad Burn (Return): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=139

Self Care for Health and Balance:

Nutrition: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=149

Sleep/wake cycles: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=157

Maintaining Healthy Energy Rhythms/Cycles: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=172

Medication (Risk Versus Benefits): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=177

Prescriptions Medications (Medication Education): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=188

Mood Regulation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=202

Managing Relationship: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=195

Being Happy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=261

Therapy and Treatment:

Finding the Right Therapist: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=216

Intelligent use of psychotherapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=328

More on finding the Right Therapist and knowing when to stay or leave if you dont have the right therapist for you: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=216

Your Doctor and Bipolar: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=403

Urgent Care and Psycho Social Treatment: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=411