Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Many of us with BPD have said, “Life is not worth living, period”.
I do not want this to be triggering material, but there is a correlation between these statements. The fact that we found life difficult is not surprising. We never really looked at ourselves. For myself, the truth of this was my inability to look directly in the eyes of my reflection in the mirror.
Self-Assessment is not a term used much in bipolar management. It is usually referred to as tracking. The problem with tracking as a term is it actually feeds into our bipolar disorder. Tracking implies something out there when what we want to look at and get right with inside us. Our bipolar disorder wants us to believe that everything wrong, and its answer will always be found in the mythical out there.
When we self-assess, all the keywords of therapy make sense. Like, listen to your body, how are you breathing, are your thoughts running you, or are you running your thoughts? The answers are inside you. Self-assessment is looking at all of these things and many more.
Self-Assessment causes you to ask questions. Am I stressed? Is this a good situation for me? Are my meds working. Why am I feeling this way?
Becoming a self-assessing person has many more benefits than I can explain a short blog post.
I can say that the biggest compliment I ever received was from my psychiatrist when he looked at me and said, “You are the most self-assessing person I know. I wish all my patients were like you.”
Learning the skill of self-assessment has changed my life and introduced me to the real me.
Please let me know in the comments of your experience with bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful to you. Please like and share this post.
As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard 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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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Hillary Jacobs Hendel