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Bipolar: Taking Things as They Come

Posted Jan 29 2013 12:00am

I’ve learned with my bipolar disorder that I need to just take things as they come instead of letting things build up, like I used to do. I figure that’s what led to alot of my past episodes, that idea of keeping things in and letting them build up.

These days, though, there isn’t a whole lot to taking things as they come, since I’ve pretty much eliminated stress from my life. My life today is pretty predictable, and I like it that way. It’s especially good for my bipolar . At least it seems that way, since I haven’t had an episode in so many years.

I like knowing what to expect from day to day. Things are more peaceful that way, and definitely less stressful. And this way I can definitely take things as they come, when they do come my way. Like the other day, we got the new registration for the car in the mail. No big deal, right? Except that it means having to come up with the money for it. So we will. Just comes with taking things as they come. We won’t sweat it or stress about it – we’ll just get the money and register the car.

I know it’s no big deal. But it helps to have this attitude for when something comes along that really is a big deal. Like when my husband had his “fender bender” that was a little more than just a fender bender – it totaled our car! We had to get a new car, with nothing in savings to put a down payment on it (luckily my mother-in-law helped us out). But we just took it in stride – just a matter of taking things as they come.

You can’t let things build up, or it will only lead to stress. And stress is one of the biggest triggers to a bipolar episode. These days I can’t afford that. I need to stay episode-free. I enjoy my stability and recovery too much to blow it now.

If you’ve been struggling with stress, or with keeping things bottled up, try adopting my philosophy of taking things as they come. It’s definitely worked for me.

Wishing you joy and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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