New Year; New Bipolar Beginnings

new youRegardless if you had a good, great, awesome, not-so-good, awful, or absolutely horrifying last year, there is news (be it bad or good).  Things can change and will change in the new year.

Now is a good time to review your action plan.  Things may have changed since you last wrote it.  For example, your doctor could have changed or simply their address of phone number has changed.  Another thing that could have happened is that something happened between your supporters in your action plan.  You may have exhausted them, you might have drawn apart or even worse, they may have passed away.  Regardless,  make sure all the people on your list are current with current phone numbers.

I am sure you have learned things throughout the last year that have helped you deal with the new year better.  Reflect those in your new action plan.   At the same time, some things may not have worked out too good and therefore will need to be changed.

In addition to your action plan, there are other things you can do to start your new year.  Think of positive things you can do to make every day count.  It is easy to get in a slump while depressed, so decide right now what you are going to do every day that will make your day better. It might simply be to put an  affirmation or bible verse on your mirror that you see every morning and think of throughout the day.

Regardless how small the task is, make sure you decide to do something every day.  There are huge ones too like lose weight or exercise every day or go out with a different friend each week, etc.  but remember that you can easily fail on those things so list them as secondary options that you can strive for.

So far I have talked about if you tend to be depressed. If you tend to cycle into mania often, first, evaluate your action plan and make the appropriate corrections.  Then, research things that you can do to relax when you start to feel on the edge or hypomanic.  These things might be to walk, do yoga,mindfulness, draw, color adult coloring books, talk to friends, sign, play instrument, write poems, write songs, spend quality time on social media and much more.

Put these things in your action plan and once again, write them into your daily or weekly routine.

Above all else, remain positive no matter how you are feeling right now- good or bad-now is he time for a fresh start. Make it count!

About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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