Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reflections on How I've Handled Having a Mental Illness

It has been 14 years since my "official" Bipolar Disorder 1 diagnosis. 

In the beginning, I felt like my diagnosis controlled me. 

Now, I am in control. Sure, there are still moments when I am sidelined by a PTSD episode, or a panic or anxiety attack, but those are infrequent.

Even though I have medication-resistant Depression, I haven't had a depressive cycle or manic cycle that hospitalized me in more than six months. 

Living a healthy lifestyle, (eating properly, getting proper exercise, avoiding stress) all help. 

Focusing on helping others rather than focusing on yourself, really works! 

Making yourself a priority is important. By that, I don't mean making yourself more important than others, but making sure you are physically, mentally and spiritually well at all times. 

If you aren't, it's very easy to fall into the "rabbit hole" again. 

So what can you do to avoid the "rabbit hole?" 

Try these coping techniques:

Live a balanced life. 
Take your meds regularly. 
Get consistent rest. 
Be grateful.
Talk to your friends.
Take walks.
See your therapist.
Comply with your psychiatrist.
Count your blessings.
Live spiritually.
Help others.

I could go on and on with my list, but I wonder what you would consider doing to avoid the "rabbit hole?" 

Please comment with your suggestions.


Have a Blessed Day!