Hope your day is going well.
I have to get going really quick today because I am going on a super long hike. More than 11 miles so it’s going to take a while today. Plus I have to drive almost 1.5 hours to get there.
Okay enough about me.
Today’s email isn’t about how much you know about bipolar disorder, or even how much you know about your loved one.
It’s about how much you know about yourself.
Let me ask you something:
If you were to rate yourself as a supporter on a scale from 1-10, what would your score be?
No, don’t compare yourself to other supporters, just rate yourself. And be honest!
Maybe you should score yourself on the following lists first.
Here’s a list of traits. Count how many you have, and score yourself:
Now score yourself. How did you rate?
Here’s another list of traits. See how you score on these:
Now score yourself on these. How did you rate?
Considering both lists, now how would you rate yourself on a scale from 1-10, both personally and as a supporter?
One point to remember – these lists are for YOUR eyes only!
They are only to point out your own weaknesses and strengths.
These lists, and your scores on them, can show you where you are doing well, and where you might need improvement.
In my courses/systems below, I talk about the qualities that make up a good supporter:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
All of us should take a good, hard look at ourselves from time to time and “rate” ourselves on how we are doing as supporters (remember, I am one, too).
We always want to improve ourselves not just as supporters, but as people as well.
We want to check our attitudes, see if they are positive. We want to check our personal growth.
We want to check our thoughts and feelings, and make sure they are positive, optimistic, and encouraging for ourselves and our loved ones.
I hope you had a good score, and that you feel better about yourself.
Hey I have to run. Catch you tomorrow.
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David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.