How’s it going?
Everybody has problems.
Some people see their problems as big ones, and some see them as small ones.
Some people see problems as an everyday thing we just need to deal with.
I heard a negative person say that problems are “a reality that ruins my day.”
Yet a positive person said, “Problems are opportunities in disguise.”
Some people just complain about their problems, while other people do something about their problems.
The point is, we all have problems.
We just differ in the way we approach them and in the way we solve them.
Like take bipolar disorder, for example.
People with the disorder tell me their biggest problem is not with taking their medications.
It’s not with going to all their appointments.
It’s not with sleeping right, exercising, or eating a healthy diet.
It’s not even with dealing with the stigma associated with bipolar disorder.
The biggest problem that people with bipolar disorder tell me that they have is coping with having
the disorder itself.
Sometimes it feels like the disorder has taken over their whole lives.
Even when they’re not in an episode they live in fear of when the next episode is going to come.
In my courses/systems, I talk about this, but I also say that if you’re prepared for it in advance, you don’t have to live with this fear.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
But I asked some people to give me suggestions on creative ways to cope with bipolar disorder, and here are a few suggestions:
1. Have a pet
A dog or cat gives you unconditional
love. even just petting them can
soothe your nerves when you feel
stressed out. And they’re always
so happy to see you when you get
home (whether you’ve been gone
5 days or only 5 minutes!). How
can you be depressed when you’ve
got a pet?
2. Crossword Puzzles
Doing Crossword Puzzles or
Word Find Puzzles help you to
focus and keep those distracting
thoughts to a minimum. You also
feel a sense of accomplishment
when you’ve finished one. It’s
best to do the easy ones (at least
at first) so you don’t feel
overwhelmed or get too
frustrated, which would be
defeating the purpose. Be
careful, though, because these
can be addicting!
I know this sounds like “baby
stuff” and yes, this is the same
coloring we did as kids, but many
people with bipolar disorder
have found coloring to be very
therapeutic. It keeps stress
levels to a minimum, helps you
focus and concentrate, and brings
out your creativity at the same
4. Doing Puzzles
This is very good for focus and
concentration for people with
racing thoughts. You may want
to start with a fewer piece puzzle
at first, however, so that you don’t
get frustrated or overwhelmed.
Remember to work the outside
pieces first (and the corners)!
5. Music or Art
If you have talent in either of
these two areas (or even if
you don’t!), many people have
found it to be helpful to them
to do this – if for nothing else
than just to keep their fingers
busy. Some people find that
just listening to some quiet
music to be soothing and
calm their stress as well.
These are just some suggestions to help with coping with bipolar disorder.
Can you think of some more?
What are some creative things that you do to cope?
I’d love to hear them.