#126: Take back your mornings, take back your lifeJan 31, 2023
FROM THIS SHOW…
Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control over your mornings? Maybe you wake up at the absolute last minute and throw on your work clothes while munching on a protein bar. Or maybe you have nowhere calling your name and so you move haphazardly from one thing to the next until the morning is half gone. Or maybe you stay tucked under the sheets until your body is numb from laying down so much.
These aren’t just the signs of a body clock that ticks for nighttimes. When you’ve got a bipolar disorder to deal with, your mornings can be the absolute worst part of the day. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the symptoms of the disorder end and the bad habits begin. And when that happens, it’s a recipe for misery.
Fortunately, these scenarios can turn around for the better. It’s totally possible to re-wire your daily rhythm to be able to get up on time, as Mike shares on this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast.
You don’t want to miss it!
Listen to the podcast:
Click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts! I don't want you to lose out on a single episode. Plus I release special bonus content from time to time that you'll likely miss if you're not subscribed. And if you're feeling generous, would you please leave me a review? It is a special treat to read each and every one of them. Just write about your favorite part of the show! :-)
- For bipolar stability, it’s always better to be morning-focused rather than a night owl. Try to use every day to start big and wind down from there.
- You want energy immediately in your morning, or else it’s going to be a battle. To do this, you need to design a morning routine that programmatically energizes you.
- Sometimes symptoms of bipolar or anxiety can recede and you’re left with laziness or other bad habits in your energy management. This can be a hard rut to bust, but you can do it if you incorporate passion.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to assist you over any hurdles you may have to clear as you address your mental health. These are special conversations!
“Lifers” are people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick by you through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)
1) How did you handle getting up for school when you were a kid?
2) What’s the hardest thing about mornings for you right now?
3) Which one of the techniques in today’s podcast did you think you could try for having better mornings?
Join the Tribe!
Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so, make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Group on Facebook! There’s quite a few people over there who are also taking a new step in their mental health. And we’d love for you to share your story with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!