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Bipolar: One Thing at a Time

Posted Jul 16 2012 12:00am

I used to try to do too many things at the same time, but all it did was put me into a manic episode. Yep. Every time. I would just get overwhelmed, and voila! Instant mania! But eventually I learned to do one thing at a time.

I had to. It was just a matter of learning how to do one thing at a time, or keep going into manic episodes, and I couldn’t stand that. So I learned. One thing that helped me was an old Amish saying: “Do ye next thing.” It became like a mantra to me. I would say it over and over again. It would help me to stay on task and keep from trying to do too many things at once.

Another way “Do ye next thing” can help is to help you practice mindfulness, or staying “in the moment,” another thing that is good for managing your bipolar disorder . If you’re only doing one thing at a time, you’re naturally focused only on the moment at hand. It also keeps your mind from drifting, so you naturally give the task or project (or person) your undivided attention, or your “all.”

So things naturally turn out their best by doing this. Your mind, your thoughts, your actions, and your energy are all focused on what you’re doing at the moment, so everything turns out the way it should. And much better than if you were trying to deal with all those racing thoughts at the same time – like chasing fireflies on a hot summer’s night, isn’t it?

“Do ye next thing” has helped to keep me centered in my thoughts and in my actions, and helped me to manage my manic tendencies. As long as I practice it, I keep the mania at bay. You might want to try it, too!

Don’t forget to check out my bipolar book at:

Wishing you peace and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,


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