#54 Thinking forward in a “stuck” world

 

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Do you find yourself wanting to escape or break free of limitations? When you look to the future, do you see clearly where you’ve arrived? For most people, having to live through the cycles of bipolar disorder means you get super-amped about who you are and what you are capable of, only to have it crash back on you.

During this week (which is week three of the “shelter-in-place” coronavirus orders here in California) I spent some time reflecting. Why is that so many people can’t maintain a proper vision of themselves? It’s either exaggerated confidence, or mixed emotions and confusion. For some, it’s all-out fear.

How can you break free of not only the limitations of a global crisis, but also your own temperament? On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, I’m sharing the exact process I go through to maintain a grip on my future. The bonus is that it strengthens my grip on today.

 

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#53 Going near when fear says “run”

 

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Have you ever been bullied? Do you remember how helpless you felt at the mercy of your tormentors? For many people, going through the cycles of bipolar disorder can make you feel exactly the same—helpless. Harassed. With no one to come and rescue you from harm.

This week is number two of a California order to self-quarantine from spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). And while many people are adapting to life without family and friends, still others have suddenly lost loved ones to the virus. And for all there is a sense of helplessness and waiting.

It’s during these times that our greatest fears come out and bully us. But as you’ll see on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, the only way to conquer a fearsome giant is to get scrappy and take him down. And Mike uses the example of fighting with bipolar to show how it prepares us almost perfectly for unexpected world events.

 

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#52 When life is disrupted

 

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Do you ever get caught off guard and find yourself unprepared to respond? For anyone who reads this after the events of the novel coronavirus pandemic, just recall that feeling. Because it hit everyone. I produce The Bipolar Now Podcast from the cozy convenience of my tiny kitchen office, but I probably could do it anywhere. Not today.

As I was self-quarantined all alone at home, without plugging into the constant media stream of disease updates, I found something to land on that powers me through. On today’s episode, you’ll get a very encouraging reminder to always put your future first, even before self care. Doing so will ensure that the next major event, or war, or market crash, or even a family loss will find you strong.

 

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#51 A slow formula for an amazing existence

 

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What would happen if you suddenly identified as dependable? What if you no longer took the option to be flaky, but you had a track record of showing up when and where you say you will? What if you could break away from the feeling like everything you build is destined to crumble?

If any of these things sound desirable, you’re going to find the formula for achieving them inside today’s episode. The Bipolar Now Podcast is a place to confront the parts of life that suffer a direct hit from this disorder. And it’s a place to find real world tactics for recovery.

But those tactics don’t pay off quickly. At least not usually. As Mike shares today, every recovery is an opportunity to rebuild your life at a natural speed. And that speed is a great deal slower than most people can handle. But your desires and your deepest dreams are worth the patient labor.

 

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#50 Going deeper means getting farther

 

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What if a fear of failure is the reason you get sick from bipolar disorder, over and over? Or what if you knew that fears were the reason you suffer in sickness longer and longer? What if ignorance could be wiped out with a series of simple reflections? And what if you could mature in your relationship to mental illness?

These are just a few of the questions Mike tackles on this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast. When we’re in crisis, experiencing a dark bag of emotions like sharp, painful anxiety over mind-crippling depression, it is highly unlikely that you’ll do some deep thinking.

But as symptoms abate, and you look for ordinary life to return, it’s important not to move on as though things must be forgotten. Without a purposeful reflection on the past, it will prove very difficult to have wisdom for the future. And your future is worth pinning down, starting today.

 

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#49 The game is not hopeless

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Does it ever astonish you how quickly life can fall apart with a bipolar disorder (or any other major health condition)? That’s why it’s critical to put some special roadblocks in place, so that you can strive to maintain yourself and everything you’ve fought for.

On a previous episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike revealed the exact steps he takes to do stress management ongoing. In this updated episode he reveals how realistic it is to keep himself going strong and to do crisis management, all while being on guard against the ultimate danger—hopelessness.

Every day can be a battle for sanity when there’s a mental illness in play. Find out which of the seven tactics were hard or nearly impossible to maintain during turmoil. And find the reassurance that even though the game gets hard, it’s never necessary to call it quits.

 

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#48 Walking the rocky path

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Do you ever stop and realize how hard life is? Taking care of yourself is not as straightforward as everyone else seems to have it. And taking care of others can replace looking after your own needs. It’s a crazy life. So do you ever give yourself credit for making it through another week?

“Adulting” (as it’s now known) is like walking a rough, rocky path. It can be steep at times. Now imagine throwing in a mental disorder that strips you of healthy logic and emotions. That rough, rocky path now has some incredibly steep sections to navigate. And you’re doing it barefoot.

Yea. That’s what it’s like to take care of yourself and others when bipolar disorder is in the picture. It’s like hiking a hard, rocky trail in your bare feet. You feel everything. But as Mike shares in this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, you can still get to where you want to go.

 

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#47 Recover your manhood

empowerment men Feb 13, 2020

 

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Guys: Are you the man you always knew you’d become? If you happen to have a bipolar disorder, the answer is often a big fat no. And it’s in your face every time you dread going to work or coming home. For some, it’s in your face every time you think about re-joining the workforce.

Men experience bipolar disorder in a unique way. That’s because the parts of our nature that make us naturally bold and courageous go severely lacking inside those long battles with depression and anxiety. And manic episodes of the illness are no help either, as they can over-inflate our cockiness.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares a message just for us guys as we fight it out with the ultimate fire-breathing dragon—our invisible mental illness. It’s a lifelong beast for most of us, so listen in to how you can sharpen any strengths that have gone dull.

 

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#46 Building your support team

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Do you ever notice that anxiety rises sharply when you’re alone—sitting at home, driving to the store, being in a public place? Have you ever been convinced that your situation is hopeless?—that the fires are too widespread and devastating for you to deal with?

Anxiety is the symptom that comes along and agitates bipolar depression. It’s responsible for that restless and helpless feeling when we’re faced with a problem, no matter the size. But what if you could fight back and it didn’t mean having to be “stronger”?

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares the one thing that will knock down the pressure and help you have less freak-out moments. And that one thing is your support team. Listen as Mike reveals his 3-step cycle for building a “knock-out team” for anxiety.

 

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#45 Anger is understandable

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Have you ever noticed the incidence of conflict rises when you’re in bipolar mood swings? Have you spoken words in the heat of the moment, only to feel terrible later that you cannot get them back? Maybe you’ve even wondered, “How the heck can I be a good person when all this anger is inside me!?”

If so, you’re right where this illness puts people—as the volatile and emotional member of the family. It’s not like you want to be a “lit match”. You just get triggered and there’s no holding back at that point. But thankfully it doesn’t have to be this way forever.

Today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast features a Listener story about this ongoing nightmare of anger, and a way to head towards healing from the damage. Because a life filled with strife and sensitivity can be filled with better things, but it’s up to us to make room.

 

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