• Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Gardening,  Mental Health

    How Gardening Helps My Depression & Anxiety

    Tips on Getting Started Living with bipolar disorder, I get to ride a roller coaster of ups and downs. Since medication entered my life, the ups are more manageable, but we’re still working on figuring out the downs. That’s where therapy comes in. It was in therapy that I first discovered that trying new things helps me combat depression. So, I’ve tried drawing, reading, journaling, walking, and now gardening. Drawing stresses me out because I am a perfectionist. Reading is fun most of the time, but it can be difficult, depending on the seriousness of the book. Journaling I…

  • Humor,  Writing

    13 Things You Should Do To Feel Better Right Now

    The state of the world might have you down, but don’t have to let it steal your happy moments. If you need a distraction, here are some ways to do so: Warning: This is for someone with a sense of humor. Sunlight Take a step outside into the sunlight, but only long enough to twinkle and not burn. The sunlight is restorative unless you’re vampire, in which case, please wait until the moon is high. To-Do List Finally, pick something from that to-do list to accomplish, a small something. Then reward yourself with tea and cookies. Not into tea?…

  • Mental Health,  Organization

    Worry for 15 Minutes or Less a Day

    Don’t stop worrying; intentionally devote time to worrying. I know what you are thinking. It sounds counter-intuitive?! Surely this cannot be helpful, but it can if it is done correctly. Worry-Time Schedule 15 minutes of Worry Time every day. Start by saying, “This time is for my worries, and I will not give attention to these worries outside of this time.” Spend this entire time thinking ONLY about your worries Write them all down (multiple times) At the end of 15 minutes immediately let go of those worries with some deep breaths Return to your regular activities letting all your worries go…

  • Mental Health,  Organization

    How to Organize Your Day in Five Steps

    Follow this method daily (Template Included) I know that the first part of my day can often set the tone for how the rest of the day will progress. So knowing that I have a penchant for ruining things with my overactive self-talk, I have to stop myself and make a plan. The first step for many is to make a list or plan for the day, but I think it takes a bit more to get focused. You need to get your mind right to focus on what is essential to a successful day. Remember, success is only defined by you. So…

  • Uncategorized

    Reading Roundup: 5 Bipolar Bloggers

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    These bloggers have expert knowledge, advice, and reliable performance. I have Bipolar I Disorder, and in my quest to understand my diagnosis, I scoured the internet for information and people like me. I have been lucky enough to have found both, and I’d like to share with you my sources. The following are bloggers who have and continue to share their experiences. The Bipolar Battle John Poehler is an award-winning blogger, author, and mental health advocate. You can follow him on Twitter as BipolarBattle. Here are some of their articles: Dealing with the physical effects of long term medication use…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Writing

    A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

    I like to think that I am fiercely independent and do not require friends. Acquaintances on social media are as close as I get. Most people believe that is sad, and I guess in some ways it could be, but I have never felt the loss. However, I have recently been leafing through the pages of my life and highlighting moments of significant change or impact. Therapy is responsible, but I also want to see where I have been. In particular, I want to see the people who have passed through. So, this article is going to examine a few…

  • Writing

    Blogging 101

    Pages vs. Posts If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same. Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites. Pages Think about…

  • Writing

    Basic Taxonomies

    Categories and Tags If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.

  • Writing

    Tips For Better Writing

    Plan Your Content If you’re considering adding a blog to your site, you’ll want to have a plan beforehand. Planning your blog will help your subject matter remain consistent over time. It’ll also help you determine whether or not there’s enough material to maintain a steady stream of posts. One pitfall many new bloggers run into is starting a blog that isn’t posted to frequently enough. A shortage of recent posts can give your visitors a bad impression of your business. One may think “I wonder if they’re still in business” or “they may want to hire a writer.”…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Mental Health

    Tips on Living with Bipolar Disorder

    Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there… 😺 In 2017, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. It was a punch to the gut, but it was not a shock. I have always felt as if the way that I reacted and thought were different than the people around me. I was a capricious child, a terrible teen, and my early twenties were fraught with bad decisions. I sojourned through mess after mess, but I never sought help. I blamed everyone around me.…