#35 Cultivating a Quiet Mind

anxiety stress therapy 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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  • Some people spend thousands of dollars a year (or more!) just to retreat to a calm space or attend a “quiet conference”. We can do this for much, much less.

  • Start reclaiming mental space for mental health by declaring a quiet zone in your daily routine.

  • Build the habit of emptying your worries as a daily practice. Defend yourself from bipolar triggers by sharing your fears, or journaling them. Prayer and meditation are powerful as well as they are being mastered.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer guide to help you get back more of your temperance and a peaceful state of thinking. “Lifers” are special people who have the kind of faithfulness to you that assures you they’ll be there when called upon. If you haven’t nominated a Lifer as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


The Questions:

1) Do you “default” to peace and calm or to worry and pessimism? / Has it always been this way?

2) What’s a good time in your day to declare a time of silence? / What have you tried in the past?

3) Where’s an affordable retreat for you, and what draws you to this place?

4) How successful do you feel you could be at releasing your worries every day? / What’s going to be your biggest challenge in creating the habit of release?


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 Network 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!


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