I recently read a very interesting quote: “The truth is that our finest moments are likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start earching
for different ways or truer answers.” – Unknown. That quote really stirred me, because to me it talks of overcoming obstacles. And I think, when it comes to bipolar disorder, sometimes it feels like that’s all you do. Overcome obstacles. Because there are so many obstacles when you’re
trying to cope and deal with a loved one with bipolar disorder.
There’s obstacles like:
• Mood swings
• Risk-taking behavior
• Excessive spending
• Treatment issues
• Financial issues
• Sexual issues
• Relationship issues
• Family issues
• Job issues
And other obstacles that come up, too. Other problems that arise as a result of your loved one
having bipolar disorder. Like you may have medication issues, and I didn’t even list that, because not everyone has that. But you may have a problem with getting your loved one to take their medication. Or they may go on and off their medication at will. That can be a big obstacle.
Because it can mean that they go in and out of episodes. And that they are unpredictable and unstable. Another obstacle (their instability).
There are simply plain life obstacles in general that need to be overcome every day. There is a daily stress that comes just from living. Things that pop up. Even things that aren’t necessarily related to bipolar disorder, but just to life in general. But they are still stressful. And they are issues and obstacles to overcome.
We all face difficult and tough challenges in life. Especially those of us who have to deal with bipolar disorder. But those challenges, or obstacles, CAN be overcome. You don’t have to just “roll over and play dead” because they seem so difficult. To overcome challenges you will have to have a “never quit” attitude about you. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to overcome those challenges.
The first thing you have to do is to acknowledge the obstacle. It won’t do you any good to ignore it, hoping it will go away, or to pretend that it doesn’t exist. You need to meet the challenge head-on.
Then you need to motivate yourself by believing, “I CAN do this!” Keep repeating it to yourself like a mantra, and it will keep you going. Stay calm and cool-headed. Don’t panic. This will help
you to keep a positive and good perspective on the obstacle you’re facing. Don’t be afraid to fail. Just keep trying. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, as long as you keep getting up. If something you try doesn’t work, just try something else. Eventually you will be successful.
Simplify the problem or obstacle that you’re facing. Break it down into smaller steps or goals, and try to defeat it that way. If you do these things, before you know it, you will have overcome those obstacles!
Well, I have to go!