Ways To Cope

Having Bipolar Disorder and co-morbid piggy backers are not easy to live with. Some days, of course, are much better than others, but overall, dealing with mental disorders becomes easier as I learn more skills to combat the negative affect they can have. I have had some form of depression and bipolar disorder for as far back as I can remember. I think I really noticed it when I was about 11 years of age… and it has never let up since. Sometimes I have gone for a short time with no symptoms, but it is short lived. Some form of the disorder shows itself at all times whether it is mania, anxiety, depression, irritability… you name it.

So how do I cope?

One thing I have found SUPER important for me… and it helps others as well… is to have a very regular schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night, wake up at the same time every day, workout, spend time with friends and family, eat properly and don’t skip meals. All of these little things are very important. Now, I cannot control every single moment of the day… but these things mentioned are within my control so I make sure to use that to my benefit.

Sleep is so very important as well. Just two sleepless nights and I can be thrown into mania… and what is inevitable after mania?? Depression. Dreaded depression.

I do my best to keep my ‘action’ plan updated… this is a plan on what to do if I hit a manic moment or a depressive moment that seems larger than life… this plan is in place to protect me. Simple things on it… talk to a loved one, take walks outdoors, word in my DBT and Bipolar workbooks, distract myself with movies… etc. I am sure you get my point.

There are many ways that we can combat this disorder, and though we will always have it, we don’t always have to be at war with it.

How do you cope??

12 thoughts on “Ways To Cope”

  1. Thanks for this post which reminds me of ways I can help myself cope! I’m still working on getting a schedule going, but I have definitely seen the benefits of keeping busy. At this point I am making to-do lists daily because if I don’t, I have no idea what to do, so I just end up sleeping, reading, or watching TV all day. All of which I consider to be okay at times but not so much of it!


  2. I found what you found. Staying on a schedule works wonders. I’m not always good at it, but I can really tell a difference when I don’t, especially regarding sleep. My other way of coping? By blogging, of course.


    1. The blogging certainly helps me too… and building my facebook page for bipolarmuse. It has taken front seat for the time being but I consider everything “bipolarmuse” as my “baby”…lolz


  3. i’d have to agree that one needs to be active. it can come in the form of mental stimulation or that of physical movements in any exercise. too much time that is spent idle can spell trouble as I see it.


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