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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…

Go to the Mental Health Gym Every Day!

The concept of a “mental health gym” I’m a big believer in going to the “brain gym”: taking steps to actively (and proactively) maintain my mental health. Mental fitness is vital for all of us, wherever we may fall on the mental health/mental illness continuum. We exercise or go to the gym every day (or we try to, at least!) to keep our bodies fit, but what do we do for our minds? We need to give just as much attention to our mental health as our physical health. There are many types of physical exercises that we can do…

Block Your Bipolar Triggers! (Part 1)

What are bipolar triggers? Triggers can cause full-blown bipolar symptoms. They may be people, events, emotions, circumstances, or places. If you don’t learn about your own unique triggers (that rude co-worker, your judgmental sibling, insomnia, etc.), you might spiral downwards into depression, or upwards into (hypo)mania, and your family and friends will be left to handle the resulting turmoil. But if you do recognize and respond intelligently to your triggers, you can possibly prevent the entire bipolar episode, or at least limit it to some extent. A very common trigger is stress. This may be negative stress like work-related dramas,…