Do you know why I left the bipolar support group I was in? Because everyone in it was so depressed and down about why they weren’t getting better – they were convinced that they would never get better with their bipolar disorder .
I didn’t feel like I fit in with my attitude, like the old Beatles song, of “getting better all the time.” I had been to hell and back, and had lived to tell the story. I figured anything else had to be better than what I had been through.
Plus I had a very good, very strong support system, who encouraged me and helped me to believe that I would keep getting better.
That is so very important – to have that good, strong support system behind you, supporting you and encouraging you. If you don’t have one yet, I would encourage you to get one now.
Your attitude is very important as well. You need to believe that you CAN get better, and that recovery WILL happen for you. Be positive. Negative thinking can really bring you down and make you like those people in my bipolar support group.
Positive thinkers are winners. Positive thinkers with bipolar disorder believe not only that recovery is possible, but that recovery is possible for THEM!
That’s the difference that your attitude and thinking can make. It can be the difference between being stable or not for you. So be positive!
Practice being stable. If you walk the walk, you are bound to reap the results. Do the things that bring stability, like taking your medication, seeing your psychiatrist and therapist, eating a healthy diet, sticking to a good sleep schedule, exercising (even if it’s just walking), being productive, not isolating, staying balanced (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually), etc.
And be good to yourself. If you’re not good to yourself, how can you expect anyone else to be good to you? Do things that you enjoy, that make you feel good. Things like hobbies, or even volunteer work. Or reading, listening to music, yoga or tai chi, watching tv or a video, visiting with family or friends, etc.
There is no limit, there are no rules. Just be good to yourself. The better you are to yourself, the better you will feel about yourself, and the better you feel about yourself, the better you will feel about other people and the better you will treat them, too. Then the better they will treat you in kind.
You ARE getting better all the time. If you are working toward recovery each day and not sitting and being depressed about not being recovered yet, you are getting better. Each positive thing that you do brings you that much closer to stability and recovery. Stay positive and you’ll get there!