I am a sufferer of BP I and therefore I can only share my experience and my research into the various facets of bipolar. BP is an illness that is not going to go away, but we can learn to manage this illness with the help of others.
Last week we talked of the essential value of professional therapy and a professional therapist. Those of us who want to learn to manage this illness can only do so with the help of others. You can not learn to manage this illness with out that team of professional and non professional support holding us up, pushing us forward and sometimes even holding our feet to the fire to get things done that are to our betterment.
I want to talk about a therapy that is neither professional nor non professional. This therapy benefits from the input of both. That is the therapy of self-education and learning to monitor ourselves in a way that we would have never dreamt of before. I state often that my greatest field of study is myself and in the closing of each blog I suggest working harder on yourself than anything else. This self education and monitoring can be considered the greatest therapy. We need this on going therapy of self education and monitoring to become a life habit. Professional people, non professional people and support groups will come and go in our lives leaving the habit of self-education and self monitoring the only constant in our lives
Many of us have never listened to our bodies and yet when it comes to self monitoring, our bodies prove to be the first indicator of trouble. Triggers and mood changes are usually first indicated by feelings in the body. Here again the individuality of BP comes in to play because what I feel in my body may not be what you feel. We, individually, need to learn what our bodies are telling us.
We need to learn the management skills required to manage and forecast our moods like a weatherman.
We need to educate ourselves about the illness of bipolar as well as learn, or relearn, the social and life skills this illness has taken away from us. This illness destroys our character, our integrity, our dignity, our self-worth and every relationship we were ever in. We have to repair all that damage as well.
In learning about this illness and its affect on us. As well as the skills required to repair the damage this illness caused in our lives and the skills to manage and forecast our moods we, in time, become the people we have always wanted to be and sometimes way more than that.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Please remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
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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.