Even though Marybeth and I are the admins on this site, we are not invincible from the effects that our bipolar disorder has on us. We still have our ups and downs and at times struggle with them, just as everyone else who has bipolar does. Speaking for myself, I know that its much easier for me to dispense advice on pulling out of a depressive cycle than it is for me to actually use my own advice and get out of my funk. Has that happened to you? Friends ask you for advice and you give them the same advice you should be listening to but yet you don’t?
I was reading an article in BP Magazine discussing a few tips on pulling yourself out of the funk before you are sunk. That really got me to thinking about all the different posts I have written and how many posts I have commented on in our Facebook forums that I have given suggestions or words of encouragement to those who are struggling in their depressive cycle and how much of that advice I have used myself while I have been in my current downswing. I think the total came somewhere close to approximately ZERO. It is so much easier to be the preacher than to practice what you preach I guess.
So, what do I do now? I’m stuck in this funk and DESPERATELY need to get out. How am I going to do this? Well, if I think about it logically, what do I usually suggest to others? I should probably start there. I usually suggest:
- listening to one of my special “get out of the funk” playlists packed with songs that individual is sure to love and will want to get up and dance to.
- going out with a friend for a few hours to get out of the house and change the scenery. Sometimes some quality BFF time can do wonders to boost the mood.
- find something that you enjoy doing (a craft, reading a book, getting your nails done) and go do it! A distraction is the perfect thing to get someone out of a funk for a little bit and hopefully the “feel-good” feeling will last a little longer than the initial activity.
- Do NOT isolate. Try to be around people or communicating with people to stay in touch with reality and not allowing yourself to sit alone and keep the wheels turning in the negative directions in your head.
So, logically, I should make my own playlist to jam to, get out of the house and socialize with friends, work on things like scrapbooking and catching up on my reading, and answer my phone (meaning returning phone calls and text messages) to stay in touch with the positive things in life. Easier said than done, that’s for sure.
Maybe I need a new perspective. Maybe you guys have suggestions that are better than the things I believe are effective in surviving the sinking ship into depression. I want to hear from you all.
What are the things that you do to pull yourself out of your depression?