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Coping with COVID-19

Have you been feeling way more stressed out than usual, like you’re teetering on the edge of a breakdown with all the uncertainty around coronavirus? For those of us who live with a mental illness and who already need to make intentional daily efforts to manage and maintain our mental health, the added stress of a pandemic could be seriously destabilizing, and the practice of self-isolation could trigger anxiety or depression. I, for one, am finding it really hard to focus on anything other than the pandemic, and I’m getting tired much earlier in the evening these days. Falling into…

The Power of Exercise

We’ve all heard it a thousand times: exercise regularly; exercise is good for both your physical and mental health; exercise every day… But it’s like recommendations about nutrition: we know what a healthy diet includes, but do we necessarily follow the guidelines? I’ve made a huge effort to include regular exercise in my day since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And I have felt much better as a result. I wish it hadn’t taken a mental health crisis to prompt me into action! Find an exercise buddy In the early days after my diagnosis, before I was stabilized, I…