Bipolar When It Counts











{December 12, 2012}   Question of the day #7

What is the worst side effect you suffer from, and how do you deal with it?

Personally, I keep a mood journal.  I graduated from a large one to a small one so I could keep it in my purse. Its working so far.

So tell us all how you deal with your side effects.

I look forward to reading your comments!

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{November 29, 2012}   Hiho, Hiho, its off to school I go

So right now I am off to the university to pick up the forms for my doctor to fill out. I am super nervous about doing this. I’ve never actually declared that I was bipolar while at school. Not to mention that I am going to be taking some psychology classes.

All the same I am really excited. I registered for classes yesterday, three of them. Turns out, purely by chance that my professor for ALL THREE CLASSES will be the same lady. Weird. That’s never happened before. I’m curious to see how that will go…

Anyway. That form. I have to get my family doctor to fill it out, to prove that I have a disability that can be assisted by their programming. We already know that I am eligible though. This is for funding purposes.

I drop it off at the school, and meet with the counselor next Wednesday to discuss how things will go from here.

I’ll keep you posted…



{June 18, 2012}   *Yawn….

Morning all.  I start a new job this morning, so I wanted to stop in and chitchat before I have to go.

It is faaaar to early. I woke up, on my own, at 523am. My alarm’s not set to go off until 645am, which, as of this writing, is still 8 minutes away. *sigh.

The worst part is that I didn’t fall asleep until some time around 230am. Figures. First day at a new job, and I decide its a good idea to get as little sleep as possible.

Does that ever happen to you, dear reader? I understand excitement keeping one from sleeping, but anxiety? That one’s pretty new. I was/am so worried about being late this morning that when I looked at the clock, I swore it said 630, not 530. Then I got up and grabbed my phone, only to discover it was too early. The danger of course, of going back to bed is two-fold. Either I will fight to fall asleep unsuccessfully and give myself a massive headache, or, I would fall back to sleep easily, and end up sleeping through my alarm and end up being late. I would wager that it would be the first, but all the same, I chose not to take the chance. And I ended up with a headache anyways.

Oh well. I better start getting ready. Squirt is up and he needs breakfast before he goes to school- which is thankfully almost done for the year. (Yay- Miss Ma’am will be here in just 2 weeks!)

Have a great day, dear reader, and if I get a chance, I’ll stop by this evening!

-Lauren

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{June 8, 2012}   Should do???

Ok, ok, I know my last entry was boring. But honestly, its an issue that we all face. One of the biggest problems that I deal with every single day is trying to do too much. A ‘must do’ schedule is vital for me to make sure I get the basics taken care of. Sure, it might sound sole enough, get out of bed, have coffee/ breakfast, shower and dress. But if I don’t have those reminders, it is very easy for me to get caught up in the ‘want to do’s.’

I know its a bit late, but here is a strategy for that ‘should do’ list I mentioned.

1.  Take a look at this list every day. Is there something on it that you can do now? After lunch?  Feel free to add those to your schedule to the day.

2.  Forgive yourself.  This is so important. If you are too busy, run out of time, or just feel too overwhelmed with your day, go ahead and not do it. There is no need to feel badly because you forgot to vacuum under the couch cushions. Believe me, the only one who cares is you.

Whatever you do, DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER YOUR MISSED ACTIVITIES! All you end up doing is causing more stress for yourself.

I realize that all this may sound ridiculous at the moment, but trust me when I say that it can make a big difference when trying to manage bipolar disorder.

Think of it almost as a kind of therapy.  It pairs nicely with meds and support groups (which fits under the category of appointments in my next entry). 

Just try it. Once you establish a good routine and your supports are familiar with it as well, amazing things can happen.  And, as your mood changes from high to low, or vice versa, you may be able to pick up on the hints that a mood change is coming.  A warning that maybe all is not well.

Here’s a challenge.  Try this for a few weeks.  If you haven’t already, go back and read my last entry on creating a ‘must do’ list.  Make your own lists, and then a schedule that works for you.  Let me know how it goes. And I’m always ready and able to answer any questions. If you want some privacy, email me.

Good luck, and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts!



{June 5, 2012}   What day is it?

Oh what a day. And night. Last night we ended up babysitting a friend’s little boy. He had never spent the night away from home, so getting him changed and ready for bed was a bit of a challenge. At 11pm he was still running around and yelling, so we decided to walk to the store nearby. It took sooo long to get there, even though we carried him most of the way. We got him a small treat and went home again. He finally settled at about 1am. Then he was up at 7 this morning.

I have wandered through this day immensely confused because of this little visitor. I can’t seem to figure out whether I am coming or going today.

The point of this is the necessity of routine in the life of someone with a mental illness. Even a simple break from routine can cause long-lasting results.

TIPS FOR MAKING AND KEEPING A ROUTINE

1. Make a list of everything that you need to do every single day. A list will help you to see your daily activities, allowing you to break it down.

2. Break your list up into must do and should do. Be honest about it. Things like dressing, taking meds, showering, and eating should go on the must do list. Things like laundry and house cleaning can do on the should do list.

3. Using your must do list, make a schedule. It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. It’s just a rough outline, so you can see how your day is going to look. image

This is what mine started out looking like. Nothing spectacular or fancy.

4. Now its all down to the timing. What time do you get up? Take your meds? I know you have likely been told to do these things at the same time every day, and it really is true. It helps. So, copy out your list and add the times to it. Get up at 8. Meds at 9. You get the picture. (At this point, it would be a good idea to type it out, or have someone do it for you.)

5. Make lots of copies and stick them everywhere. On your fridge. Taped to your bedroom door, or mirror. In your bathroom. Put them up anywhere you can think of.

6. Last step. If you have a cell phone, iPod, or any other electronic calendar, program everything into it. You can program alarms to remind you to do anything you need.

Check back tomorrow for tips for your should do list. Thursday I’ll talk about how to deal with all those pesky doctor’s appointments.

If you have a tip or trick that you use to organize your day, let me know! You can never have too many strategies!



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