• 5 Tips on How to Manage Your Bipolar Disorder

    by Caroline Ryther
    on Jul 5th, 2018

A lot of times, bipolar disorder can make you feel completely helpless and powerless, but it’s in these situations that you need to remember that there are many ways for you to manage your symptoms and stay in control. Educating yourself, leading a healthy lifestyle, and surrounding yourself with people you can count on are some of the key elements that can ultimately lead to your recovery.

And while there is no official cure for bipolar disorder, learning how to cope with it and finding a solid support system will definitely help you along the way. In combination with treatment prescribed by your doctor or therapist, you should be able to live a full life, without too many obstacles.

So, what exactly can you do to manage bipolar disorder? Here are five tips that should make things a bit easier for you on a day-to-day basis:

1. Educate yourself. Accepting that you have bipolar disorder is hard enough as it is, but motivating yourself to learn more about it can be even harder. However, in order to best cope with your disorder, you need to gain the necessary knowledge about it. Your education starts with learning the difference between manic and depressive episodes, and finding out which treatments are available to you. Understanding the illness will help you make it more manageable and help you recognize the symptoms before they get worse.

2. Track your symptoms. Like we said, becoming familiar with your symptoms can play a huge role in helping you get better. Some people like to keep a journal or a log with their daily thoughts, behaviors, and moods in order catch even the smallest of changes on a daily basis. In addition to this, you can also track triggers that can lead to a mood episode, such as lack of sleep, work-related stress, etc.

3. Find people to support you. Whether it’s your best friend, parent, or doctor, you should try to create a support system that will help you prevent or fight your way out of a mood swing. You can also try to attend a support group and learn how others deal with this illness. No matter what you decide, be sure to remember that lack of connection can easily put you at risk of a depressive episode.

4. Stick to a certain routine. Establishing a daily routine you will follow is probably the best coping skill you will get when it comes to coping with bipolar disorder. How do you create a routine? For starters, don’t forget to take your medication consistently and on time. Get enough sleep each night (lack of it can cause a manic episode), avoid sitting for longer periods of time, and exercise regularly—at least 30 minutes every day.

5. Create a crisis plan. Sometimes, a healthy lifestyle and the best possible coping skills won’t be enough to pull you out of an episode. Because of this, it’s vital for you to create a crisis plan you’ll be able to use when the time comes. Write down the names and numbers of people you or someone else can contact in case of an emergency, and be sure to include basic information about the medication you’re taking, bipolar disorder symptoms, and warning signs. Leave yourself a reminder that you can call a hotline or even 911 if nobody on your list is available to help you out.

Bipolar disorder doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. Yes, it is difficult to manage and can be frustrating on more than one occasion, but once you find the people that can help you, turn towards a healthier lifestyle, and set a plan in place if things don’t go the way you want them to, your bipolar disorder will become somewhat easier to deal with.

The Neuroscience Center and Dr. Best are here to help you put your illness in check thanks to their years of experience in working with various mood disorders. If you need professional assistance, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and schedule a meeting with Dr. Best as soon as possible.

Schedule a consultation today:

Phone: 847-306-8938

Email: pm@mind.md

Author Caroline Ryther

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