Everyone, with or without bipolar disorder, gets tired of anything that becomes routine. Going to work everyday, doing the dishes just to have to turn around and do them again, taking a daily medication.
The important thing to remember is that EVERYONE, even people who do not have Bipolar Disorder, has something that they have to do everyday. And sometimes those things are worse than just popping some pills.
Some diabetics have to test their finger everyday with a needle prick to draw some blood.
Some heart patients have to set aside time each day to test their blood pressure. Sometimes they have to do this NUMEROUS times throughout the day.
And individuals who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder have to take medication everyday. Sometimes twice a day.
Yes, it can get tiring, but it is still necessary for stability. Tiring because you have to remember to take the pills. You have to worry when you forget. You have to remember to pack them if you are going anywhere. You may have to take them during a breakfast meeting, or a break at work. It certainly can begin to feel overwhelming.
However, instead of thinking about the negatives, now is the time to concentrate on the positives. Just like some people test their blood sugar, this is what you do to stay healthy, happy and successful in life.
I have a friend with bipolar disorder. When she begins to get down about taking her mediciine everyday, she tries to think of taking her pills the way others think of taking their daily vitamin. Yes, they have to remember to take it everyday. Yes, they have to plan it into their day. But, they do it for the health benefits and so does she.
Another great way to beat the feelings of despair when thinking about taking your medications is to incorporate them with a positive habit. For example, say you look forward to your first morning cup of decaffeinated coffee. You enjoy sitting in your favorite chair, watching the sunrise outside your window and contemplating the wonderful day ahead of you.
Since this is such an enjoyable time for you, you can designate that time to take your morning medications. You are already in a positive frame of mind so adding in the routine of medications shouldn't get you down.
Other ideas to try include-
• Try taking your medications when other people in your family take theirs. Does your spouse take any medications? Maybe a vitamin, or a prescription of some sort? If so, attempt to take your medicine together. This way you will not feel different or put out by having to take your medications.
• Do you have a favorite TV show you never miss? On those days, try to time your medication with the start of the program. This way your mind will be on the program and you will barely notice that you HAD to take your medications.
• Try placing your morning medications and a glass of water on your nightstand. When your alarm goes off in the morning, make it a habit to take your medications then. This way, you will have taken the medications before you really had time to contemplate the act of taking them. (Just remember to check and make sure you have taken them all for the first few weeks of this routine!)
• Associate a pleasant activity with medication time. Do you like to read? Do crosswords? Write letters to friends? Choose any activity that you really enjoy and make a deal with yourself that you will get to dedicate 15 minutes to that activity (without guilt) every time you take your medications.
Most importantly, be creative. Experiment and find the solution that works best for you and makes medication time a no-brainer instead of a chore. It is important to your bipolar stability.