How are you today?
I hope you’re fine.
It’s hard not to think about the economy these days, as everywhere you look, every newspaper you read, every radio you listen to, and everyone you talk to, is all about it.
We hear about businesses closing down.
About people losing their jobs.
About people losing their homes…
Even having to go through foreclosure or bankruptcy.
There is no doubt that the state of our economy is not a good one.
But you don’t have to let this discourage you.
The people who are still making it through the recession are people who have had to change their way of thinking.
They’ve had to make some hard decisions, but they’ve done it.
Some have had to completely change their lifestyles.
Some have had to ask for government assistance.
Some have had to depend on family and friends for help.
Some have even started home businesses to try to keep an income, or have had to take a second job.
It’s the same with bipolar disorder itself.
Just like the state of the economy is a fact that you’ve had to adjust to, so bipolar disorder is a fact that you have to adjust to.
It does mean making life changes.
But just as people are adjusting to the economy, so you can adjust to bipolar disorder.
For example, you have to deal with your loved one going into bipolar episodes.
They act different when they’re like that.
And you have had to change your life around because of it.
In my courses/systems, when I talk about learning how to manage bipolar disorder, I teach about some of these lifestyle changes, and how they are a necessity.
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But just like people have a choice in how they deal with our poor economy, you also have a choice in how you deal with your loved one’s bipolar disorder.
When someone loses their job because of the economy, it can be considered a setback.
But then they have a choice:
They can sit back and feel sorry for themselves and complain about the government and the economy, which won’t get them anywhere but angry and frustrated.
They can take it in stride and find another job/career or source of income.
Like with bipolar disorder, there will be setbacks in your loved one’s recovery.
They won’t be episode-free forever.
But sitting back and feeling sorry for yourself and complaining about having bipolar disorder won’t get you anywhere but angry and frustrated.
You just have to accept that episodes are inevitable, and they will happen.
You can’t let these setbacks discourage you or your loved one.
Yes, episodes will happen, but your loved one can still achieve stability.
Sometimes it may seem like one step forward and two steps back, but just like in life, you still have to keep plugging away at it.
Don’t let setbacks discourage you.
Recovery is still possible, even with bipolar episodes.
Just don’t give up.