How are you doing today?
I hope you’re doing good.
I was thinking about something today.
And about its three states:
4. liquid (to drink)
5. solid (ice cubes)
6. vapor (steam).
That’s about how far my physics knowledge of it goes, but it made me think of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder also has three states:
Whether you like your water to drink or for ice cubes, you do have a preference.
Just like you and your loved one both have the bipolar preference of the normal state.
But it’s not always easy to go with what you prefer.
Sometimes you have to do things the hard way.
There is no disputing that getting stable is hard work.
You just can’t lay back and expect it to fall in your lap.
So there are certain things you do to get you there.
For you, it’s being a good supporter and a good example to your loved one.
It’s being encouraging to them and rejoicing with them during normal periods.
It’s also sticking with them through their bipolar episodes and staying by their side.
For your loved one, stability can mean having to change their lifestyle, like I talk about
in my courses/systems:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Stability is not just going to drop in your loved one’s lap.
They have to work to get it.
But once they do, you’ll both enjoy less episodes and more normal periods.
Like the 3 states of water and the 3 states of bipolar disorder, let’s consider the 3 biggest things on the list for getting stable:
5. Healthy diet and exercise
Let’s take medication, for example.
If given a choice, I know that your loved one would rather not have to take all that medication.
They do have a choice, but there is only one RIGHT choice.
So they have to adjust their lifestyle to accommodate having to take medication for their bipolar disorder.
Ok, now let’s look at diet and exercise.
I’m not talking some crash diet or using pills to lose weight.
I’m talking about a lifestyle change.
Eating a healthy diet.
Your loved one should eat a healthy diet so they can be as physically fit as they are trying to be mentally fit.
Same goes for exercising, only with exercising you get a bonus:
Exercising activates the endorphins in your brain and give you a kind of “high” feeling – it makes you feel better.
Now let’s talk about sleep.
Your loved one should be getting 8-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep at night.
They should also go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.
If they lose sleep, it can be a trigger to a bipolar manic episode.
Too much sleep can indicate a bipolar depressive episode.
So good sleep habits are very important to the stability of your loved one.
Hopefully, your loved one is doing “best practices” (the 1,2,3 I just talked about).
If they are, you can look forward to some good stability.
How is your loved one doing?