#13: Do Better Mornings

depression stress Jun 13, 2019

 

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If your morning time is a source of stress and late-starts, you are among good company. Even “morning people” aren’t born with a supernatural well of happiness that’s tied to the dawn. Good days begin with good routines, and the good news is that they can be created.

In this episode, Philip and Mike share the story of how their mornings came to be and why a satisfying quiet time is such a powerful ingredient for a productive day. They show that with a little intention and some helpful tactics (found in today’s episode freebie), anyone can achieve a morning that sets them up for success.

When fear and dread cloud our thinking, a solid morning routine can provide some much-needed distance and perspective. It’s time to kick worry, depression and negativity in the teeth before you even have breakfast.

 

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#12 Your Perpetual Energy Machine

training Jun 06, 2019

 

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One of the very first things people notice when they get diagnosed bipolar is a lack of energy. It’s like the wind gets taken right out of your sails and only comes back at random. When you don’t have the energy it doesn’t matter what your goals are for the day, they’ve got a slim chance of becoming real.

In this episode Mike shares a simple, repeatable pattern that you can follow to put more light in your eyes and “zip” in your step.

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#11 Put on Hold

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Do you ever wonder where you’d be if you didn’t have so many setbacks from mental illness? On today’s show, Mike and Lou talk about the supportive nature of their friendship as they’ve together navigated ordinary painful roadblocks that come with bipolar.

This is an illness that creates interesting connections between those who suffer. Everyone needs someone to push them in the right direction. Everyone needs to be invested in. When you’ve found such a person they can richly add to your life.

Bipolar, even though it brings so much ruin, can be managed with a simple dose of responsibility and help. When that happens, you’ll find yourself released from the cycle of illness that keeps you on hold.

 

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#10 Waiting Patiently

discernment lifer May 23, 2019

 

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Are you frequently frustrated by the result of your efforts? Do you feel stuck even though you’re fighting to stay in motion?

Once you have a compelling vision for how your life will function, you must keep yourself held captive by it. This is how a very resilient mind is developed, and it cuts through the sea of confusion and pressure like a sturdy ship’s bow breaking through the waves of the storm.

In this episode, Mike and Daniel open up about the friction in their work lives as a result of needing a vision for what it looks like in the future. Mike shares the story of patiently enduring his own need for a vision, the result of persistent self-refining.

 

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#9 When to "Pass It"

discernment lifer May 16, 2019

 

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Everyone knows what it’s like to hang on to something too long. Your family says, “Why are you doing this, this is crazy!” And your friends are like, “Give it up already!”

What they don’t know is that bipolar mental illness is rife with obsessions. We get super-clingy to the dreams and desires that overwhelm us while manic. And it can drive us to pull some very unnecessary stunts—emptying our wallets and our reputations sometimes.

Today’s episode cuts through the clingy-ness. Philip and Mike discuss the best way to know why something isn’t working out and if it’s time to give yourself a break and “pass it”.

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#8 Do Crisis Better

crisis lifers May 09, 2019

 

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Once bipolar is "active" it can often lead to a rocky path, from one episode-fueled crisis to the next. This isn't even accounting for the inevitable non-mental health crises that appear in life.

Philip and Mike share from recent personal crises and how their mental game gets thrown off by unforeseen challenges. 

Discover how a few key practices help them recover more quickly and "level up" their ability to handle future events! 

 

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#7: Gaining Family After Crisis

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When mental illness strikes it often leaves your family confused and afraid. Confused because they no longer recognize your language and behaviors, and afraid because it's hard to understand what to do in order to help you.

Mike and Erin relive an episode where he came looking for her while in a mixed manic state with psychosis and paranoia. 

Find out why a low-key approach from loved ones can keep a bad situation from getting ugly! 

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#6: Shrinking Stress with Daily Rituals

lifestyle mindset stress Apr 06, 2019

 

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Nothing prolongs an episode of bipolar disorder like persistent and elevated stress. Our special brains are uniquely designed without the "shock absorbers" that others have to help them cope with changes and challenges.

So what's a person to do? Well I'm glad you asked!

The best practice in stress management is to attack your trigger(s) with daily rituals that put you in control of how much they affect you.

Listen as Mike gives a special "mini-training" on how to engineer every day with activities that keep the mental beatings at bay!

 

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#5: Having Strength Through Joy in Service

depression lifers mindset Apr 06, 2019

 

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The longer a bipolar disorder has to play havoc in your life, the more you retreat into self-centered thinking and activities. And getting sucked into this is no way to stay productive and healthy!

How can we keep our anxious hurts and frustrations and disappointments from taking over the conversation?

Is there anything that can break the spell of self-defeat and restore us to a radiant place in our families and community?

Listen as Mike shares with Daniel how their unexpected and service-based working relationship turned out to be the rocket fuel for his recovery from a 2-year depression.

 

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#4: Fill Your Well and Be Consistently Inspired

depression lifers Apr 06, 2019

 

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One thing that kills a spirit of enthusiasm and forward momentum is the debilitating disinterest that's cooked up by bipolar's depressive phase.

Studies have shown that those of us with this illness spend up to 80% of our year dealing with effects of a downward episode. But what if we could cut that number down? Like, WAY down?

It turns out that staying interested in healthy and enjoyable activities, as well as keeping our minds in motion with new material makes a massive difference.

In this episode Daniel and Mike reveal the places they go to stay inspired and growing as professional, family, and community leaders and how you can copy them for a better quality of life!

 

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