Developing a different mind can be as simple as making the decision to no longer be a victim of our bipolar disorder and become willing to be a victor over it. To stop our illness from running our lives. Decisions can be fleeting things like New Year resolutions that sound good on one day and then in a few days or weeks we are back to the same old, same old. How do we sustain that decision for mental wellness over the long term? That is the conversation of this blog over the coming year. What do we continually feed our minds to keep us from going back to being a victim of our bipolar disorder.
The convectional view is that seems to be that if we learn to take our meds as prescribed, exercise, eat properly and have a proper sleep routine life will be lovely. I do that and no longer believe that this is the secret to managing our bipolar disorder. When a crisis arises in our lives, a relationship breaks up, financial problems show up, you lose a job, what ever crisis happens to you and crisis’ will happen. It is not going to matter that you have been taking your meds, how often you exercise or how good your nutrition is or if you have a good sleep routine. Your mind is going to take over and deal with the crisis in the only way it knows how and that is badly. Unless you have been training your mind to react differently than it always has. We have a mental illness that manifests itself in our emotions, that are expressed as moods. But it is our thinking that starts our emotional turmoil and our mood swings. If we do not work to change our minds we have nothing with which to deal with any crisis we encounter but our same old fall back emotional responses that have never worked for us in the past. Why would we expect them to work for us now?
Proper sleep, taking our meds as prescribed, eating properly and being physically active are important, but none of these are as important as changing our thinking and our go to responses to life when a crisis shows up.
We need to learn to think differently and respond differently to life. This is our most important task. Next week we will examine the role of therapy in this process of changing our thinking.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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