Survival Guide for Beginners

Wes

Moderator
Staff member
If you are just starting your bipolar journey, these tips can help.

It gets better
Your meds will get sorted and you will develop the tools to better manage.
Hang in there.

Talking helps
Meeting with people who have lived experience is vital to your management of Bipolar.
Some of us were diagnosed late in life, and have made all the mistakes. We can help you avoid some of the pitfalls

Move
Exercise of any kind is good for you, especially when you are velcroed to the couch.
You don't have to pay for a gym. Walking works just fine.

Sleep
Regular sleep helps enormously.
Don't worry so much about setting a bedtime, (we all hate those), but get up at the same time every day. Even if it's only to lie on the couch.
It's also good to keep an eye on how much sleep you are getting.
Too much, you may be heading into a depression.
Not enough, you may be heading for a manic episode.

Mood Tracking
It's a good idea to track your moods to find patterns.
A diary or an App will help with this. (Try Dalio or emoods for free)

Education
Unfortunately, we are still learning how to better treat Bipolar, but there is information out there. The more you know about the illness the better you will be able to deal with it.
Knowledge is power.

Doctor
You will need a good GP. You will see them often.
You will also need a Psychiatrist (to help you get the meds right) and a Psychologist (to help you get your head right)

Take Responsibility
Living well with Bipolar takes work, and only you can do it.
However, you are strong enough, and it gets easier as you go.
Start small, take baby steps, you will get there.

Take your meds!
The biggest hurdle to successful Bipolar treatment is we tend to stop taking meds when we feel better, or start to miss feeling ‘high’.
This is always a bad idea. You feel better because the meds are helping. Stay on them.
And if you miss the ‘high’, think about the mess you made while you were there.

Get Help
You don't have to fight on your own!

Be kind to yourself
You are unwell, and there is nothing wrong with that. Don't beat your self up over it.
Nobody expects you to run with a broken leg.
Hang in there.
 
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Amanda C.

Women’s Group Facilitator
Staff member
If you are just starting your bipolar journey, these tips can help.

It gets better
Your meds will get sorted and you will develop the tools to better manage.
Hang in there.

Talking helps
Meeting with people who have lived experience is vital to your management of Bipolar.
Some of us were diagnosed late in life, and have made all the mistakes. We can help you avoid some of the pitfalls

Move
Exercise of any kind is good for you, especially when you are velcroed to the couch.
You don't have to pay for a gym. Walking works just fine.

Sleep
Regular sleep helps enormously.
Don't worry so much about setting a bedtime, (we all hate those), but get up at the same time every day. Even if it's only to lie on the couch.
It's also good to keep an eye on how much sleep you are getting.
Too much, you may be heading into a depression.
Not enough, you may be heading for a manic episode.

Mood Tracking
It's a good idea to track your moods to find patterns.
A diary or an App will help with this. (Try Dalio or emoods for free)

Education
Unfortunately, we are still learning how to better treat Bipolar, but there is information out there. The more you know about the illness the better you will be able to deal with it.
Knowledge is power.

Doctor
You will need a good GP. You will see them often.
You will also need a Psychiatrist (to help you get the meds right) and a Psychologist (to help you get your head right)

Take Responsibility
Living well with Bipolar takes work, and only you can do it.
However, you are strong enough, and it gets easier as you go.
Start small, take baby steps, you will get there.

Take your meds!
The biggest hurdle to successful Bipolar treatment is we tend to stop taking meds when we feel better, or start to miss feeling ‘high’.
This is always a bad idea. You feel better because the meds are helping. Stay on them.
And if you miss the ‘high’, think about the mess you made while you were there.

Get Help
You don't have to fight on your own!
Love this - thank you Wes :love:
 
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