Although medication is, of course, a basic necessity for control of bipolar disorder, there are ways you can treat your disorder as well.  In this article you will learn several ways that you can help yourself stay stable.

 

·         Learn about your disorder

Learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder.  The more educated you are, the more you will be able to help with your own stability.  Be informed.  There are books and articles that can help you and you can also search online.

 

·         Form a strong support system

You cannot get better by yourself.  You need others to help you.  These people can include any or all of the following:  a primary supporter (spouse, significant other); friends; family; boss; co-workers; doctor; psychiatrist; therapist; counselor; social worker; pharmacist; pharmacy clerk; clergy person; support group member; or anyone else you choose.

 

·         Make healthy choices

Stick to a regular sleep schedule – 8-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep per night is best.  Exercise at least 3 times per week.  This doesn't have to be strenuous – even walking is good for you.  Eat a healthy diet – you must take as good care of your body as you are taking of your mind.

 

·         Monitor your moods

Watch your triggers, signs, and symptoms for anything that might signal an oncoming bipolar episode.  Keep a mood chart (there are several online) or journal to chart your moods on a daily basis.

 

·         Keep stress to a minimum

Avoid stressful situations and people.  If you find that you cannot work outside the home, try to work from home or start a home-based business.  If being around a lot of people causes you stress, avoid large gatherings.  If you must attend such gatherings, make an excuse to leave early.

 

·         Stay balanced

Make sure you keep balance in your life.  Stay productive, but leave room for pleasurable activities as well.  Balance your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Balance professional, family, and personal responsibilities, always making sure you see that your own needs are met, so that you can manage your bipolar disorder.