Everyone has those days. Everyone. Whether you suffer from bipolar disorder or not.
It seems though that those of us who have it those days come more often then we would like.
Myself, I’m having one of those days. Getting out of bed was a struggle and truth be told I’m still in my clothes from going to bed last night. I know part of my problem is the horrible side effects I am getting from my lamictal. It’s making my dreams increasingly vivid, and well that may not seem like a bad thing, when all you’re getting is nightmares and terrors, it’s a downright horrible thing.
I could do without waking half a dozen or more times a night sweating, heart racing and never wanting to return to sleep because of the dreams. I could do without sleeping 10 hours a night to wake up the next day feeling more tired then I did when I went to bed. But I’m getting side tracked.
Some days are harder than others. For those of us properly medicated it may not be that bad, or they may not come as often as before but they are definately there. And they can ruin anything you’re trying to do in life.
Here’s some suggestions to help deal with those days:
Get out of bed. This may be completely difficult on those days but it’s important. Get yourself out of bed, even if you’re not doing anything at all that day. Staying in bed wallowing in the pain and depression will get you no where.
Eat something. Anything. Those days make it wicked hard to want to eat anything but your body needs energy, it needs food or else you’ll end up feeling even more drained.
Now that you’re out of bed and eaten something, do not allow yourself to return to bed till it is actually night, this can be difficult, especially if you don’t work and are home all day, but it will only suck you back in.
Now find something to do. Anything. Check Facebook, call a friend, go for a walk, do something you normally love to do. (For me I force myself to start writing, anything) Simply get out there and do something.
By now you should be a little less trapped in one of those days, and a little more ready to go on with life.
This isn’t easy, I won’t lie. But the more you practice doing it, the better you’ll get at it.
Living with bipolar disorder may never be simple or easy but you can be proactive in your fight and show it that it doesn’t have all the control over your life and world.