• 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…

  • 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…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Mental Health

    Managing Change

    Am I ready for any of this? Andy Warhol said, “When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” How I Am Handling Change. I hate change. I hate the way it makes me feel and I hate my reaction to something that I know to be necessary for personal growth. Sometimes it is beyond my control, but most of the time, I’m the…