Downhill Skiing- You get all the way to the top easily (mania) and then come down (depression) quickly.
Wrestling- It is a constant struggle
Ping pong- rapid unpredictable bouncing
Football- Sometimes with all of your friends and family, you make a touchdown. However, sometimes you fall short.
Basketball- Dribbling represents small ups and downs that are somewhat normal. However, when the ball is thrown towards the basket it goes straight up (mania) and comes crashing down (mania)
Gymnastics- Scoring a perfect ten is difficult, but can be done. However, most of the time you are working hard to get it.
NASCAR racing- It’s fast and furious with a lot of crashes along the way and casualties sometimes include by-standers.
Hockey- It can get rough and scoring does not happen very often, but it can be done
Marathon Running- With hard work and persaverence, you can do just about anything
Swimming- You have to dive in to get started
Baseball- With help from your loved ones, you can make it all the way around the bases
Tennis- Back and forth, back and forth (mania and depression)
Pole vaulting- The higher you go, the harder you fall
Archery- It is hard to get it right every time, but when you do hit the bull’s eye, it is a wonderful feeling
Boxing- Even if you are ready for a fight, sometimes you get knocked out anyway
Volleyball- Dig, Set, Spike= Mildly depressed, jolted into mania, crashing into depression
Bowling- Sometimes you do your best and strike out
Canoeing/Kayaking- Even if you capsize, you can get back in the boat and glide a long again
Horseback Riding- If you don’t do everything you can to control the horse (illness), it will take off can go its own way. However, sometimes even if you try and control the horse, (it gets spooked), you can’t control it
Fishing- You never know for sure what you’re going to get
Cheer leading- You can cheer for others, but you must take care of yourself first
Hiking- It’s simply hard work to up and down the hills
Rock Climbing- It is really hard to get to the top , but with determination you can achieve great things. You might fall a long the way and things might be difficult, but you have to keep trying
Weight Lifting- It might feel like all the weight is on your shoulders, but with the proper training (treatment) you can lift the weight off
Tug of War- You feel like you are being pulled between mania and depression, but you can win
Camping- You can have a lot of fun (mania), but there is usually a mess to clean up afterwards
Soccer- Even though it takes effort by you and all your team mates (loved ones) it is possible to get past the goalie and score.
Golf- You don’t always get a hole-in-one, but you shouldn’t let that keep you from still trying
Note: A few of these ideas I got from a group I run called Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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