#101: When it’s time for a “Do-Over”

 

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck on something important? You want a breakthrough, but it’s been so long and you’re tapped out on energy. How will you ever move on from feeling like you’re just failing yourself? How on earth will you ever get past this daily struggle?

This actually happens to everyone, but when you have a bipolar disorder you’re simply more sensitive to it. That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is perfectly timed to show you one way of getting past every block and hurdle in your path. 

When you bump up to a hard stop in your progress, it’s time to pull a winning play out of the bipolar playbook. It’s time to call a “Do-Over”. Everything can change with a simple shift in your approach. And as soon as today you can light up with the magic of what makes a “Do-Over” possible. 

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#100: Going forward when all is stuck

 

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Have you ever caught yourself saying, “What I’m doing isn’t working very well, but I have no energy to change the things I know I need to do better!” Do you ever feel stuck and unable to move forward, even though the way forward is as plain as day?

Just so you know, this is pretty much every person with a bipolar disorder. We’re stalled out, but we have little to no energy to fix our situations. It’s a common frustration that has almost no answer. What comes first, the loss of mental health? Or the lack of energy to pull it back together?

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike explains that it’s “OK not to be OK”. But at some point you have to get up and decide to do the things you’re responsible for. A body that’s lost all motion has to be kicked back into the swing of things. And that’s exactly what this podcast is prepared to do for you.

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#99: The influence of family dynamics

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Do you ever catch yourself blaming a member of your family, or the general family culture you were brought up in as a reason for your shortcomings and limitations? Does it seem like you’ve been dealt a disadvantage that others could never fully comprehend?

Having a mental health diagnosis like bipolar disorder tends to be an isolated experience until you get into therapy. Up until that point, it’s mostly about you and your symptoms and what YOU can do to prevent future episodes from spiraling out of control. Clinically, there is virtually no attention paid to your home environment or what you’ve gone through in your pre-adult life until you start to search for answers.

Fortunately for us, life is full of new beginnings. And old grievances can be forgiven. Matt joins Mike on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast to encourage us that a better life can be built. Even with the challenges and pressures of family....

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#98: A better strategy for hospitalization

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Mental health can take a nose dive rather quickly when you don’t know or suspect that you have a bipolar disorder. Oftentimes, the stressors of life can add up and start to pull you away from reality. For some, particularly those with the “axis 1” variant of bipolar disorder, things that you’d normally be able to handle suddenly feel like the end of the world.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Alyssa shares with Mike how she has to deal with the stigmas of being admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital in her home town. But with experience comes wisdom, and now she admits herself to the hospital only as needed. Which helps her to use it in her longterm mental health plan, not as a sign of weakness, but as a beacon of strength.

 

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#96: Getting back to the basics

 

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Have you ever put furniture together and then all of a sudden you had to stop and start over? Living with a chronic mental disorder like bipolar can be a lot like that! We get well enough to make plans and get our hopes up, only to barely get going before the illness returns to smash our progress. Jobs are terminated. Marriages break apart. Finances suddenly become rocky.

When most people get to this place, it can force one of two directions: give up and live permanently disabled, or get back to the basics and pick up where you left off. On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, the show’s tribe draws attention to the most critical basics that are never to be overlooked in living with this condition. Don’t miss it!

 

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#95: Waiting for greater things

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Do you enjoy waiting? It seems like no one ever does. But what if I told you that the act of waiting produces maturity? And what if that maturity lead you to a place where even the hardest trials in life can be drained of causing you fear? It’s certainly not for everyone. Yet every person has the same ability to receive life’s hardest seasons and turn them into powerful agents of growth and resilience.

When you have a bipolar disorder, there are seasons where things are extra hard. But instead of avoiding pain and struggle, what if you just stayed the course? As Mike shares on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, the very act of waiting for more opens the door to receive a gift that’s simply unavailable to those who never truly suffer. Don’t miss today’s encouraging message!

 

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#93: Your life’s GPS

 

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Ever wake up and have nothing much to do? Do your days feel like you’re floating in a bowl of jelly? If so, you’re not alone. Bipolar disorder, with its constant flux of emotions and energy, can rob even the most dedicated working person of their desire to keep it all going. And if ordinary people can have trouble when it comes to goal-setting and goal-achievements, how much more the ones with a mental illness?

On today’s show, Mike concludes his annual wrap up with setting short, easy-to-understand goals for the entire new year. By creating a master plan for your life, you will gain a “GPS” that results in turn-by-turn instructions for success in the journey. You don’t want to miss it!

 

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#91 Prepare the way

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Have you ever had an exceptional year, where all the bad things you went through somehow have no hold on you? For some people this happens by random chance and good fortune. But for others, it happens by design. And in this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike reveals his process for making even a horrific pandemic year one of the best ones yet.

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#90 Use Regrets to power the future

 

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The past is an interesting thing to be aware of, especially if you’ve had a bipolar disorder creating memories for you. But often times, it’s not even the disease that causes uncomfortable memories. Many times, it’s just that something didn’t go as planned. And now that’s taking up precious space in your mind and ruining your day.

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is about taking those thoughts captive and transforming them from detractors into accelerators. What if your bad memories—of whatever—could be changed into helpful energies the moment they “pop up”? On today’s show, Mike shares how you can get farther down the road even when your past is full of potholes.

 

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#89 Creating a relief plan

 

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There are some interesting things that come along with having a bipolar diagnosis for several years. In the early days, it’s all new and terribly unsettling. Things just haven’t worked out for you like you thought they would. But later on, as time goes by and you gain experience there begins to emerge… certain patterns.

Some people chart their mood every hour, whether baseline, inflated, or depressed, along with symptoms and features of this mental illness like irritability. Other people have a lightbulb go on about their particular triggers. Still others can see bipolar cycles and pin them to their environments and the change of the seasons.

But that’s not what today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is about. Bipolar creates patterns, and the wise and discerning person sees it and tries to break it. And one of the many effective ways to stay ahead of symptoms is to practice the art of regular retreat. Today...

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