Bipolar: Relaxation a Part of Stability

Did you know that you could schedule in relaxation as a part of your management of your bipolar disorder? For some people, it comes down to that. At least for me, it did. At one point, I was working 7 days a week. To the point of burnout. Actually, to the point of practically going into a bipolar episode.

The doctor said I had to schedule a day off into my week or I was going to go into an episode, so I started forcing myself to take Sundays off, where I do nothing but relax and watch old movies on TV. Believe me, it saved my sanity. I still do it to this day.

But it’s the idea of having to schedule in a day off that got to me. Scheduling in relaxation. Because it didn’t come naturally to me. Perhaps not to you, either. That could be why there’s so much stress in your life.

If there is, you might have to do what I did. At least be more aware of areas where you can schedule in relaxation. Like try one of the relaxation techniques I had to learn: I call this the 5 Breath Relaxation Exercise. You take a big breath in through your nose to the count of 5. Hold it for the count of 5. Then breathe out slowly through pursed lips to the count of 5. Repeat 5 times. It’s easy to remember, because it’s just a bunch of 5′s. And you can do it anywhere, at any time you need to relax, or need a break from stress. And it works!

There are several things you can do to help manage your bipolar disorder, like sticking to a good sleep schedule, eating right, and exercising. Well, keeping your stress to a manageable level is just as important, even if it means having to schedule relaxation into your daily activities.

You can do this by having hobbies or other activities that interest you and make you feel good when you’re doing them. Things like gardening, reading, listening to uplifting music, watching a video, visiting with a friend, going out to eat, being with family, etc., will also help you to relax.

The important thing is that you do take care of yourself. There are so many things that aren’t under our control, but this is something that is under our control, so we should practice it. I know it’s made a big difference in my life since I started doing it. My life is practically stress-free today.

Wishing you joy and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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