When you are having a particularly rough moment or day, is there anything you do to calm down or feel better?
This might make some people roll their eyes, but the best thing that helps me get through a moment is to count to ten. I know, I know…but it seriously helps me to gather my thoughts. As the ten seconds comes to a close, take the time to analyze why you’re having a bad day. As people with bipolar, it’s extremely important to look deep within ourselves when determining what is making our day horrible. Then take responsibility for the rest of the day. If a family member is driving you off the wall, let them know why that is.
If a sequence of unfortunate events has brought you to the breaking point, allow yourself ten or fifteen minutes to clear your head and make a plan for the rest of the moment or day.
A habit worth getting into is to write down every time you have a bad day. Be as specific as you can about why the day is so bad. Before you know it, you’ll start realizing the good of the day.
The advice I gave may sound hokey, but it has literally saved me from collapse many times. And amazingly, the times I feel like I am falling apart have lessened in number since I have become aware of them.
Remember to keep the channels of communication open with your family, friends, and self.