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Coping With Bipolar Disorder: Part II

Introduction

In my previous article, I discussed three particular ways to cope with the stressors of Bipolar Disorder.  They included routine, activities, and passion.  In this article, I will expand upon this topic and include three more ways to cope with the stressors form Bipolar Disorder.

Purpose

On a first note, it is important to have purpose in your life.  If you do not have purpose in your life, you are not going to be happy with what you are doing.  If you are not happy with what you are doing, you are going to be bored.  If you are bored, you have a higher chance of having symptoms.  Therefore, have purpose in your life.  Have a short-term goal.  Have a long-term goal.  Plan your day out in advance.  Have structure in your daily routine.  Be productive.

Exercise On A Daily Basis

In addition to having purpose in your life, it is also important to exercise on a daily basis.  When you exercise on a daily basis, you have structure in your life.  In return, this enables you to feel better about yourself.  In addition, when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which increase your energy level and makes you feel happier.  When your energy level increases, your mood becomes more stable and you are also less irritable as well.

Journal

In addition to having purpose in one’s life and exercising on a daily basis, another way to cope with Bipolar Disorder is to journal.  Consider journaling once a day.  Journaling is a way to detox your mind.  It is also a form of visualization.  When you journal down your thoughts and feelings on a sheet of paper, you are able to see how you are feeling and thinking on this sheet of paper.  This gives you a visual image of your own perspective.  Consider giving journaling a try to cope with the daily stressors associated with Bipolar Disorder.

Conclusion

To end this article, this article has provided three specific strategies to cope with Bipolar Disorder.  They include having a purpose in your life with a sense of direction, exercising on a daily basis, in addition to journaling on a sheet of paper to get a visual image of your own thoughts and feelings.  Do not become discouraged if you do not see results as first.  Always remember that practice makes perfect.  Continue to work hard and you will see results.

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Coping With Bipolar Disorder: Part II

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2017). Coping With Bipolar Disorder: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/05/coping-with-bipolar-disorder-part-ii/

 

Last updated: 10 Jun 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Jun 2017
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