It is something we all can do. Over time we can actively be growing stronger. That doesn’t mean perfection, but even small steps forward can enhance you quality of living.
Have you been in therapy? Have you had to check in to the hospital? What about medication? Are you on the right combination of medication for you? If you answered yes to even one of these things, you may be growing stronger.
There are many coping mechanisms you can try. Deep breathing, journaling, meditation, hobbies, prayer, reading or writing, exercise, and all are great ways to help yourself. This list is definitely not an exhaustive list. And I am sure you can think of many other ways to help you cope.
One step forward, two steps back. This has happened to me many times, but over the years I finally am at a point of strength. I have not arrived, but I have put tools in my belt.
It is hard for a person who is depressed to lift themselves out of it. I definitely don’t want to put down those who feel they have made no ground. I sympathize. Even mania can be uncontrolled and if you are paranoid like I am, you can be in a lonely place.
Count every victory. Surround yourself with positive people. If you are in need, reach out for help. Don’t give up. Know that you are special not matter what your dilemma.
Try not to repeat patterns that bring you down. You are a student in the school of bipolar and you can rise above. Again, I don’t want to sugar coat my experience. I have really struggled over the years. I have been in really bad places. But, twenty years later, I am still making improvements in my life.
I can’t stress enough to find out what makes you experience joy in life. Do these things. I do the best with routine and structure. I love to express my creativity by writing.
I do not do well with change, even in the slightest. But, I know that about myself and I make the adjustments I can control. I know myself better than anyone else. I am my own best advocate with my mental health.
So, hang in there. Like they say, every day is a new day. I like to use clichés, as they are so true and time tested. Keep on growing stronger and never give up. Good luck, and good mental health to you.