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How to Implement a Routine for Stability

In a previous post, I talked about WHY daily routines are so crucial to maintain mental stability. To recap quickly, it’s because routines help to regulate our circadian rhythms, and they also reduce our stress by removing some of the chaos and unpredictability of our day-to-day lives. So now let’s talk about HOW you can implement a routine in your life. Just as diabetics must comply with dietary restrictions as well as take insulin, so those of us with bipolar must take responsibility to learn about how the disorder affects us personally, and to build a healthy lifestyle that will…

The Benefits of Smiling: Why you should find one (or 100) reason(s) to smile every day!

Humans are a naturally smiley species. We appear to begin smiling even while we’re still in the womb. There are so many emotional and health benefits to smiling – keep reading to learn all about them – but what does that mean for those of us in depression? Do we miss out on those benefits altogether? The answer: not if we don’t want to! Smile therapy If you’re not feeling your best today, here’s a trick that I’ve used in the past when I was in depression: practise 5 minutes of “smile therapy.” You can do this either by forcing a smile…

Use a Routine to Recover from Bipolar

In my previous post, I explain how my type-A personality contributed to the development of my bipolar disorder, and – ironically – to my recovery from mental illness as well. It was thanks to my ambitious, highly-organized, perfectionist personality that I was able to analyze my symptoms and triggers, and establish a routine that would cultivate mental stability relatively early on. Our mental stability truly does need to be cared for; be nurtured. It is so fragile. Those of us who have experienced mental breakdown, or who love someone who has, know this well. The best way to nurture your mental health…

Did My Personality Type Cause My Bipolar?

One of my several bookcases of binders I used to pride myself on my total type-A personality. Over-achiever, control freak, wannabe wonder-woman who took on way too much – at work, at home, as a volunteer, and in social settings. My level of obsessive organization was unrivalled: I have over 60 binders for every possible project, labelled and stored neatly in my office. Needless to say, confronting chaos and embracing change is not one of my fortés. So when I developed bipolar disorder, I got completely derailed. It was my type-A personality (combined with menopause) that caused my bipolar In…