Sometimes, bipolar or not, you fail to recognize signs and symptoms of a sinking ship until its completely submerged. You think that because you are still able to breathe (even if its labored), that you are ok and are able to keep trucking on. Sometimes you think that the overwhelming feelings you are having are just part of your illness. Sometimes, they aren’t. Sometimes they are just part of life and all the cards you are dealt. The decisions you make just weigh you down and then the quicksand starts sucking you under. Before you know it, you don’t even have a free hand to grab for help and you can’t breathe. That is when someone else has to tell you what to do because the decisions you are making are either not helping, or just contribute to your sinking. People like to say things like being an overachiever is what sets you up to fail. However, being an overachiever does not always set you up for failure. Sometimes, instead of life dealing its cards in a steady pattern, it decides to change the game to 52 card pickup and drops all 52 on you at the same time leaving you with no other choice or nothing left to do except react the best you can to the avalanche.
So, here I am; reacting. I have had many hands reaching out, but I am unable to grab them because I don’t have the strength. At times like these, decisions need to be made. This website is about helping others, educating others, and providing support. For this reason, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the site. One thing everyone needs to know and understand is the importance of self-care. No matter what our doctors give us, the medications we take, the advice we seek and use, we use that advice to keep ourselves well and then we pass that on to others to help them too. But, would you take advice from someone who is a sunken a ship? Or is being swallowed whole by a pit of quicksand? Mostly likely not. I know that I would question advice from someone in that position. Self-care is the most important thing to all of us. It keeps us living our lives the best that we can. All of our authors here at Ask A Bipolar know the importance of self-care and making sure that we do as much as we can to keep ourselves healthy and functioning as well as possible so we can help our readers too.
Which is why I have to make the decision to practice self-care. I will be taking a short leave from the website and my duties at Ask A Bipolar. If we can’t “practice what we preach,” then what kind of advice are we truly giving right? So, this is a perfect example that even us authors practice those things we suggest and the advice we give. ALWAYS make your own health a priority and practice self-care as much and as often as you can.
I have to step away from my duties on this site to practice self-care. What are your stories or examples? When have you had to practice self care? What things have you had to do for self-care?