Yesterday I wrote you and told you I would
share one strategy to help you deal
with stress from supporting someone
with bipolar disorder.
It’s really simple and you might find
it too simple.
It’s get away and take a walk. I find
this probably one of the biggest stress
reducing things that I can do for myself.
I actually walk generally 5 days a week.
Wednesday, through Sunday. I walk first
thing in the morning.
Sometimes however I will walk off afternoon
stress so I will have two walking sessions.
Usually the second on is only 15 minutes
while the first one is 30 minutes.
I also weight train and do intense
stretching as well. I do this 6 days
a week. But take a week off every 6 to 7
weeks. I don’t want to make this complicated
for you so here’s a good plan for you.
NOTE-Before starting any exercise routine,
always check with a doctor. Also remember
I am NOT a doctor, therapist, pharmacy
worker, insurance agent, lawyer or even
a dog walker. Someone wrote me the other
day if I walk dogs for a living. I
don’t walk dogs 🙂
Anyway, if you walk 3 times a week
or better yet 5 after you get a doctor
approval, you might want to do it at night.
This way you can walk away a lot of your
bipolar caregiver stress.
I don’t know what it is, but if I am
having a terrible day, if I just walk
for like 15 to 30 minutes these things happen:
I feel better
I come up with solutions to bipolar related problems
I feel like I can be a good supporter
I am more upbeat
I don’t feel so run down
When my mom was REALLY, REALLY sick with her
bipolar disorder major episode, I wound
up not going to the gym BUT I continued
It was through walking that I thought
of many solutions to my mom’s problems.
Actually it was one day that I was walking
that I came up with the idea on how
to find a doctor for my mom and get
them to contact us instead of us contacting
They say that walking releases hormones
or something that causes an increase in
some part of your brain. I am not sure
because I don’t know about those things
but I know the bottom line is that it
works for bipolar supporters.
I will say one last thing before I take
If you got any of my courses/systems
SUPPORTING AN ADULT?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Many of the people interview stress how
important it is to take care of yourself.
Many bipolar supporters do not do this.
I didn’t do this but let me tell you, it’s
a big mistake.
If I could do it all over again, I would
take care of myself first. Today I will
not let my mom’s bipolar disorder episodes
destroy my health.
Anyway with that said, walking helps to
make sure you keep your own health in
Please don’t take this suggestion lightly.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor
to get approval to start walking several
times a week and see how it start helping
you cope and deal with your loved one’s
I am not kidding, I have taught this to
many people where I volunteer at and
they love it.
I KNOW IT’S SIMPLE but some times
the simple things are the most powerful.
I have to head to the gym speaking of walking
see you tomorrow.
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