Coping Strategies

When you notice that you are starting to get on the manic end or the depressed end of a cycle are there any strategies you have to keep getting too high or too low?

As a person with Bipolar Disorder I have had to learn many new coping strategies to get me through the good and the bad days.  It’s those bad days that can be a doozy and trying to think of how to take care of yourself.  Those with this disease can probably relate that it is difficult to cope sometimes.

I can only speak for myself when it comes to coping.  I have learned a myriad of ways to cope and I will share them with you.
  • Take a hot bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Read a good book
  • Journal your thoughts
  • Go for a swim
  • Watch TV without drama
  • Call a close friend or relative
  • Take a nap
  • Throw rocks into a river (this is my favorite)
  • Light a candle with a pleasant scent
  • Exercise really helps with mood
  • Wear comfortable clothing
These are things I do when I need to cope which is every single day.  I have been under an incredible amount of stress this last  year.  I had to learn new coping skills in some ways.  There are ways we cope which aren’t healthy, too.  Drugs, drinking or other negative things can really bring us down.  I KNOW that when we are in a depressed state it is very difficult to even think of coping so maybe just taking a shower for the day is your way of coping.  Or maybe you have other ideas.
If there are other ideas that people have please share them in the comments below.  We are always looking for new ways to take care of ourselves.
I can’t stress enough how positive coping skills are very important to our daily living with this disease.  If you are struggling with negative coping then I would encourage you to seek a therapist or talk with your psychiatrist.
Coping skills are learned.  We don’t just know them sometimes.  I encourage you to cope in a positive way and I will guarantee you that you will feel better in time and you will be proud of yourself for trying and succeeding.

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