#43 How to recharge your batteries

empowerment Jan 16, 2020

 

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Do you ever feel run down and completely drained of life? Like there’s no amount of sugar-free Red Bull in the world that’s gonna keep you goin’? Every day feels like you’re running a marathon, except for the fact that you’re wearing a snow suit.

And in bipolar depression, it’s like you never get a full recharge. No matter how much you sleep, and sleep, and sleep, there’s just no energy whatsoever for the big things. But when depression lifts you might run yourself into the ground or get emotionally exhausted. Either way, your battery is never full.

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares a story from a Listener about how to reverse this situation. Even if it takes time to practice these six takeaways, you’ll find that life changes dramatically for the better and that all the effort you invest will have been well worth it.

 

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#42 Having a GPS for better destinations

empowerment Jan 09, 2020

 

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Are you able to find energy outside of bipolar depression, but you’re not sure where exactly you should spend it? Like if you knew you were headed towards something exciting, you would feel ready to get out of bed each day? But maybe as it is, the motivation is lacking.

Having trouble finding our way is only too common in this particular disease. Many people venture off into the various areas of their life (finances, romantic relationship, health, work, etc.) without any declaration of where they are going. It’s pretty dang confusing.

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, you’ll see that once you’ve got the “big pieces” of life staring at you from your notebook (Yes, there are notes to take in this episode!), you can relax knowing that you only need to know where you’re going one destination at a time.

 

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#40 Reflection makes room for growth

empowerment Dec 19, 2019

 

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Do you get to the end of the year and feel a hesitance to reflect? Like somewhere in your catalog of memories from the past 12 months you know you’ll find a theme of discontent? Like maybe something got “left on the table” and there’s a sense of disappointment or frustration with yourself?

Looking back is a typical and natural activity of the Holidays. And when there’s a bipolar disorder, chances are it re-arranged and re-directed something critical or important this year and you missed out to tend to symptoms instead.

But as you’ll see in this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, you don’t need a winning streak to embrace the New Year. You can develop a habit of reflection to get you anything you want, as long as you can learn to “reflect forward”. And that’s just what you’ll get as Mike shares today.

 

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#39 The better “mask” to wear

empowerment Dec 12, 2019

 

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Maybe you can identify with a friend of mine, who recently said she feels “like I’m struggling to be two people.”

In essence, she’s tired of having to spend all the extra energy being Person “A” in her work life, where her colleagues only see the positivity of a “can-do” worker. But she tells me she’s wearing a mask. On the outside of that mask is everything she wishes she could be on the inside, because in there it’s sad and lonely. Person “B” isn’t sure where she belongs. Even at home with her husband.

When we got to talking, I had to interrupt and say, “Well, what if you’re just wearing the wrong mask?” What if you could shield the world from your inner hurts and yet have authentic vibrancy without all the taxing effort? Would that even be possible? Today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is the extended answer to those questions.

 

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#38 I always trip myself up

empowerment Dec 05, 2019

 

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Do you find that you constantly get in your own way? Do you wreck a good thing before you even have the chance to finish it? Or maybe you have a hard time even in the early stages of the “building” process, and it seems like you’re sentenced to never win, all because of the “you-factor”.

If you’ve nodded your head to any of these, it’s because of an invisible psychological enemy known as “self-sabotage”. And it’s 100% human, which means it happens to everyone. Only trouble is, not all people have to contend with mental illness. But you and I do.

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast shows you how to tell the difference between ordinary self-struggles and failures and where these differ from their counterparts in this diagnosis. See how routines, careers, relationships, and sobriety can rescued from easily made but backwards decisions.

 

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#37 When it comes to alcohol

addiction empowerment Nov 27, 2019

 

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There’s nothing like the pull of alcohol if you’ve ever told yourself that it’s how you stop the whirlwinds. Only trouble is, the allure of booze quickly drowns as your bipolar symptoms worsen. Then you’re left with a day of physical recovery combined with an even longer ramp back into mental health.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike brings on special guest Michael (two Mikes on the mic!) as they rap about going “cold turkey” and having the urges still linger. Hear two separate stories that point to one conclusion—how vitally important it is to look after our sobriety if we are ever going to master our bipolar disorder.

 

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#36 How to Tell Your Story

empowerment Nov 21, 2019

 

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If you’ve ever stumbled for words when sharing your story, you’re among literally every person who’s ever had a bipolar diagnosis. This is that part of us that refuses to let go for very long. And it’s the reason most people never figure out how to have legitimate confidence in the future.

But your story doesn’t have to write itself according to a bipolar disorder. On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike gives us three ways to make our story less intimidating to share. Once that happens, the secrecy and shame will exit the picture and leave you with a new way to like who you see in the mirror.

Don’t settle for a day defined by poor thoughts about yourself any more than you have to. Kick depression in the teeth by using your story as the reason that you’ll overcome. This will turn mental illness from a source of tragedy into a catalyst for triumph.

 

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#35 Creating a Quiet Mind

stress Nov 14, 2019

 

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Do you spend a good deal of time in your day having to manage a busy, chaotic mind? Do you know the feelings of worry like they’re your default temperament? If so, today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is especially deserving of your focus.

Mike dives into the necessity of creating a more quiet life, if mastering bipolar disorder and mental health are on your list of top priorities. In this show you’ll learn about reducing noise and environmental stress through setting new expectations and adjusting around what cannot be changed.

You’ll also discover a discipline of silence that can be used to boost resilience in the parts of your day that are busy and loud. Bipolar is an illness that makes us forget the basic rules of sanity, so it is up to us to establish the habit of retreat if we are to take back the actual space needed for self-preservation.

 

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#34 Resetting Expectations

stress Nov 13, 2019

 

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Ever feel like you’re at a “10” on the stress meters? Does it seem to take forever to come down? If so, you might be the victim of expectations gone wild. When these sneaky little demons take over, you can’t even concentrate. So what exactly can be done here?

On this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike gives us a simple visual for managing our expectations so that they cease to fuel the mental chaos of bipolar disorder and anxieties. He argues for the power of sensibility and for using that to tone down the worried outcomes of our perceiving.

 

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#33 Be Consistent

empowerment Oct 31, 2019

 

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Are you lacking in quality friendships? Does your family bother you with questions about your decision making abilities? Are you moving ahead steadily? Or do you just see yourself taking a step forward only to have it retracted backwards by mental illness? It could be because you’re lacking the right kind of consistency.

Steadiness is an illusion to most people when there’s a bipolar disorder in play. How exactly can we make a winning game plan when the field of life is littered with potholes and mines?

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Podcast, Mike shares about how having consistency in just a few critical areas of self-care are truly transformational. Getting this right is the difference between bipolar’s destructive forces causing you to fail or causing you to stay functional.

 

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