When a mental health professional asked me, “What are you feeding yourself?” I had no idea how deep that question really was. It is so deep that it is a question I ask myself daily.
The Key to Healing.
The question, what are you feeding yourself? Has been the key to healing for me. It is what I feed my body, mind, and spirit that determines my wellness level in all those areas.
The Bipolar Mantra.
We have all heard it. What I call the bipolar mantra, take your meds, eat healthily, get plenty of sleep, and exercise.
Yes, if you do those things, you will feel better. But if you are feeding your mind a steady diet of television, the news, and video games. If you are crushing your spirit with negative self-talk, toxic people, and trying to fit in where you don’t belong. It does not matter how well you follow the bipolar mantra; those other things will bring you down or hold you back from healing.
The bipolar mantra does a great job of healing your body, but what about your mind and your spirit?
Feeding Your Mind.
It has been proven in countless studies that bipolar disorder makes us negative people. To counteract this, we need to feed our minds with positive things. We need to take a small portion of our day in the morning and before bed to feed ourselves positive things.
My morning routine used to consist of daily reading from one or two daily readers. This took about ten minutes and gave me something positive to meditate on for the entire day. Today, I listen to morning motivational videos on YouTube.
At night before bed, I write a gratitude list of the three things I am grateful for that happened that day. I journal about my day and fill in my mood tracker, exercise app,
Feeding Your Spirit.
Understanding that we are all spiritual beings and that we need to feed our spirit is an important part of healing.
For most of us trapped in cities, we do not see any beauty around us that can lift our spirits. But it is there in the parks and green spaces that every city has, you just have to learn to look for it. But even looking at pictures and videos of nature will lift your spirits.
I have been fortunate in the past few years to have been able to get outside the city and spend a lot of time in nature. That is how I feed my spirit today.
Feeding our bodies, minds, and spirits properly does not in itself heal us. However, it does move us towards wholeness and give us the energy and strength to carry out the things we need to do to heal.
The Quote to Remember This Week.
Healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Healing, health, whole and holy all mean inclusiveness. Body, mind, spirit, environment, relationships, social interactions are all one wholeness, and you’re a part of that one wholeness. Deepak Chopra.
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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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BLOG OF THE WEEK:
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 Lauren.