Balance is critical in life.  This can seem unattainable for someone who has been diagnosed bipolar.  It seems out of reach as we feel a slave to the sky rocketing highs and the hellish lows.  No balance in that.  But the Lord and meds can help.  In addition, I have found that something else is a salvation to the mind and body of those struggling with the madness.  Exercise is something that can really help to bring someone out of depression as the body produces endorphins. These endorphins can make you feel happy.  A good cardio workout can do just that.  I have always been very tiny in size but I went on some meds about five years ago and gained about 60 pounds.  I modeled when I was younger and so you can imagine how sad I was to lose my figure.  Any woman would be devastated.  I lost it all about two years ago and was thrilled.  The most important thing is to be healthy and feel good. In the last month I have put on a couple pounds so I am even more motivated to work out than ever.  It takes such discipline and commitment to do it.  It is a lifestyle change.  But mental health is crucial so we cannot wait.  The benefits are so positive: feeling good mentally and physically and even looking nicer.  All of these are outstanding bonuses.  Tribulation (Billy Blanks) and longsuffering take place as you exercise but God is there. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 ) The bible also states that the “spirit is willing but the flesh is so weak.” (Matthew 26:41 ) Therefore, we must be proactive in our exercise times.  We must carve out time and be diligent to schedule it and adhere to the program we have developed even if it is as simple as riding a bike or running.  These are both excellent forms of working out.  Use wisdom each time you workout and push yourself but do not overdo it.  God has so much for you beloved…so much.  He has so much for you…you cannot even believe it.  Let Him empower you by His spirit to do what seems like the impossible.  Start out small if you have to …something is better than nothing.  Just do not give up. Lately, I realize just how hard it is to start exercising.  So much takes place in my mind and body to keep me sedentary or nonproductive.  I can feel so lethargic and unmotivated.  Get mad about it and take control.  I am.  I will not let this illness steal anything else from me.  It will not take any more of my health away or my appearance again.  I refuse to give in and watch it happen again.  I just run to my bike and do not think about the burn I will feel as I go up those hills.  But that burn is what I need to shape my legs and start a cardio workout that will make me feel good and balanced in life and even give me energy.  As I have stated before, “The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Christ came to give life and give life more abundantly.”(John 10:10) The devil hates you and will take all that he can from you.  Do not let him.  Let God empower you to exercise and get some mental and physical health back from the devil’s playground. God has a life of beauty that you cannot even dream up it is so brilliant and dazzling!  If I can do it, then I KNOW you can do it.  Start right now and do not ever stop. Believe and do it.  Live it up and enjoy watching what your marvelous God given body can do when you move it and push it to exercise for God’s glory!

 

***Jesus adores you and always take your meds!

 

C.C Brighton

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