Balance could very well be the key to stability with bipolar disorder.  You should take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in order to manage the disorder.  In other words, you should be balanced.  If anything is out of whack, you could go into an episode.

 

For example, let's just look at one thing – physically.  One woman told me she got very ill one time with a stomach bug, so that all she could do was eat crackers and ginger ale for a whole week.  She continued to get sicker, unable to eat or drink much, and became very weak.  She was so weak that she couldn't think straight, and because she couldn't think straight, she made a mistake in her medication. 

 

This woman ended up in the Emergency Room, where they had to put her on intravenous fluids, because she was dehydrated.  The medication error was caught and a bipolar episode was avoided, but she was lucky.

 

The point is, that when this woman's physical side was out of whack, it affected her not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, and almost put her into a bipolar episode.

 

Now let's take another example.  Sleep is such a simple thing to let get out of control – a late night… a good movie to stay up and watch… a good book that you just can't put down.  Then you are looking at a couple nights of lost sleep.  You don't even see it happening, but before you know it, your sleep schedule is off. 

 

Loss of sleep is one of the biggest triggers to a bipolar manic episode, among all the triggers for bipolar disorder that I list on my website.  When your sleep schedule is off like that, you could be in a manic episode just that quickly, and never see it coming – all because something in your world got out of balance.

 

You work very hard to learn to control your bipolar disorder.  You build systems, make plans, and learn to work at maintaining schedules and routines.  In other words, you learn BALANCE!  It's one of the biggest ways to de-stress your life. 

 

Balance does work, and you can make it work!  However, you have to balance not only yourself (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually), but if you are working, you have to balance home and work as well.  If you are in a relationship, you have to balance your personal needs with those of your partner as well.   If you have children, you have to add that into the balance equation as well.

 

However, once you have managed to obtain balance in your life, bipolar disorder is something over which you can have control.  Once you have balance, you can handle stress and anxiety much better, and you can have fewer bipolar episodes.  That is why balance can be the key to stability with bipolar disorder.