#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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#32 Never Quit On Yourself

empowerment Oct 24, 2019

 

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Who you’re with changes almost everything about you. How could anyone expect to be resilient and full of energy if they’re cooped up in the safety of the indoors, on the safety of the internet, and not making meaningful deposits in the lives of their loved ones and friends?

How can one endure troubles and hardship inside a safety room of isolation?

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares what he has done to ensure that he doesn’t get trapped in the illness. Endurance is a MUST in the game of mental health. Getting yourself around the right people means you are highly likely to go the distance, in joy and strength.

 

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#31 Anxiety Follows Adjustments

anxiety Oct 17, 2019

 

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When you find yourself unable to get out of bed and get your day going… because you have a paralyzing fear that you won’t be able to do what today requires of you… when you’re trying to think about anything but the inevitable failures, but that’s all that floods your mind…

That’s when you know you’re dealing with a REAL case of anxiety.

For some of us the battle can be infrequent and mild. Others of us are unable to recover sometimes for several days, because the worry and the racing thoughts are that extreme. Whichever end of the experience you tend towards, today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast will help cut through the chaos.

 

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#30 True Friends Are Worth Finding

empowerment Oct 10, 2019

 

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So in celebration of 30 episodes of this brand new show, I was able to gather my three “Lifers” (most supportive buddies) for a special dinner. It was the first time any of us had been together, but because I hand-picked these guys for their outstanding qualities, the chemistry was instantaneous.

What I learned from this encounter taught me many things about the nature of a true friend. Bipolar disorder is one of those things that only helps to tear apart quality relationships. To be surrounded by people who willingly walk beside me is proof that even mental illness cannot threaten the bond.

Have your friendships taken a direct hit by the nature of your diagnosis? Take heart that they can be established once again, and even built up beyond the former days if you so choose. Having a friend for life bolsters the belief that you can still do the powerful things that are kept in your heart.

 

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