#67 Sorrow is for a season

empowerment wisdom Jul 02, 2020

 

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Do you ever wonder where depression stops and ordinary life kicks in? If you’re like most people, having a bipolar diagnosis means you now have to identify what is and isn’t the illness, whenever you feel “not yourself”. It’s a confusing path that’s hard to navigate outside of reading the medical literature.

So when you feel a “heaviness” settle in, and you’re thinking it might be depression, are you right or are you wrong? The difference is that you might end up seeking treatment changes from your doctor when you aren’t actually experiencing symptoms of bipolar.

You might just have… sorrow. Or “sorrow of the heart”. And there’s no prescription for it but to endure. So on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike talks openly about his “secondary ongoing affliction”. And he shares a few powerful takeaways for utilizing sorrows and...

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#66 Your resume isn’t hopeless

empowerment training wisdom Jun 25, 2020

 

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Maybe this is you. Maybe you get a good three year run at a job. Or maybe more if it’s ideal. But maybe you get however far you get and then your mental health decides to nose-dive into a shallow pool. How long should you wait to get recovered and get back out there?

For some, the answer to this question is painfully long and complicated. When you have a bipolar disorder, sometimes the last thing you have confidence in is your ability to work a decent job. And then a few months off turns into a few years. And that creates a “gap” in your work history, which is the greatest sin to reveal in on your resume as you job hunt.

What can be done about this terribly common occurrence? On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike digs deep into a listener question and comes out with a couple of examples on how that “gap” in your resume might...

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#62 Self talk for better decisions

empowerment wisdom May 28, 2020

 

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Have you ever made a decision when your head is spinning? Chances are it didn’t turn out so well, even if the consequences were small. One of the major features of a bipolar disorder is a loss of judgment. Under ordinary times, you can think, speak, and act with no negative consequences. But turn on the illness and it’s a different story. Enter the need for proper self-talk!

The practice of self-talk is an art, and there are no shortages of people willing to show you how it’s done. For most people, the “inner voice” is a place of conflict. This is especially true of the person’s who’s got a mental illness. Getting foundational about this skill is a great place to start, especially if you’re into making better calls.

In this follow-up episode to The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about using self-talk to progress specifically in our work lives through calculated decision making. Rather than getting...

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#61 Going back to work is scary

empowerment wisdom May 21, 2020

 

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Have you ever been forced out of a job by mental health complications? If you have a bipolar disorder, the answer isn’t “if” but “when” you have to walk out on a job. And that sets you up for a lot of fear and anxiety, since going back to work will always have that personal insecurity attached to it.

Some people have had more jobs than they have fingers and toes because of this disease. If your career choices and employment history are “spotty”, then you’re absolutely normal for someone who isn’t guaranteed stable energy, thinking, or expectations like everyone else. This is just reality with bipolar.

The good news is that with increasing knowledge, wisdom, and self-care, you can actually get to your dream job. Or whatever it is that “does it for you” when you envision yourself occupied, happy, and paid. Parents, this includes you! On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now...

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#59 When being ordinary is a battle

empowerment wisdom May 07, 2020

 

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How’s this for a life story: Everywhere you look, you see the possibility of things being different; being better. Whatever you put your hand to has to be 100% original for you to even find satisfaction in the labor. Your style is so curated there’s no way anyone could copy you. And if the crowd is doing one thing, you’d better believe you’re doing another.

Such is life when you’re not satisfied with mass appeal, or your name going on anything that can be duplicated easily. But did you know that part of it could be to blame on having a bipolar disorder? If this is your diagnosis, you might feel the need to be wildly individual at everything. Which is super cool, but it also comes with a price tag.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about having to do everything original and how that spends a lot of energy. And it might even make you someone you don’t truly wish to be. When the goal...

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#58 Being a single parent

empowerment parenting Apr 30, 2020

 

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When mental health comes under attack, how will you respond? The answer can often spell the difference between resilience and resignation. Today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast tells the story of a woman in a rollercoaster relationship. At the end of the day she found herself single with four “littles” looking for answers and stability.

As she shares the emotional details of parenting solo, it’s obvious that her approach is responsible for newfound peace and confidence that the story will end well. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are flat-out ridiculous. But how we choose to move forward matters more than what we’re stuck with.

 

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#57 Urgency is authentic energy

empowerment energy strategy Apr 23, 2020

 

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Have you been hit hard with mood instability? During this coronavirus outbreak, having a bipolar disorder is like being doubly handicapped. One limitation comes from the restrictions on social distance and shut down parts of our our daily life. And a second limitation comes from the inability to make plans, which is a trigger for instability when there’s a mental illness like this.

A commonly produced side-effect nowadays is resignation. Since not much can be done until restrictions are lifted, it’s easy to let every passing day feel like the one before. But the problem with that is managing low activity levels. And having nothing to motivate you is actually as void of rest as being driven about with no purpose at all. So where is the happy middle?

When your life plan is disrupted, how will you stay focused and energized? When COVID-19 recedes, what will your new pattern be? What will you decide as your pattern? On today’s...

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#56 Switch up your tired situation

 

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Do you ever find yourself getting tired of your surroundings? Maybe you’ve been stuck inside of them for years, and then one day you realize, “This isn’t serving me anymore.” And that’s when it’s time to look at transitioning. You know it’s time to make a switch, but you’re afraid to take the leap.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Kadine Cooper shares exactly how that happened to her. She felt stuck. She was unfulfilled. But she’ll show you how she recognized these signs, and more importantly, how she found the courage to step out and switch things up.

It’s times like this ongoing global crisis where you can begin to let go of the places and the work and the people that no longer help you to be successful or satisfied. Although the act of letting go is scary, the door that it opens leads to nearly limitless possibilities. Which is why today’s conversation is so...

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#55 Essential survival tactics for crisis

 

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Sometimes this disorder is downright confusing. Have you ever gotten deep into a bipolar mood swing and thought to yourself, “Why the heck did this happen? I was optimistic and somewhat happy just two days ago! Where did I go wrong?”

I found myself tanking just earlier this week. If you were to chart my optimism on a graph, it would show very high at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Then, as the weeks wore on, and with less and less physical/social interaction, I found myself starting to drown in a sea of anxiety and psychosis (in the form of social paranoia).

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast goes straight for the heart of what’s happening during this prolonged pandemic. Inside, I share the three key activities to protect if I’m going to have any hope at renewing my mental health. Don’t miss the part about how accountability works in relationships. It’s the secret to...

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#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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