#36 How to Tell Your StoryNov 21, 2019
FROM THIS SHOW…
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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- The most effective way to start sharing your story is to determine who NOT to share with. There are ignorant, doubting, victimized, and associative people who will not receive your story.
- Always give context to your story when you share; otherwise keep the matter private and keep your dignity strong.
- Get in the habit of sharing a better story now that you have a diagnosis, by prioritizing your mental health in the micro-moments of the day.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer guide to help you relax in telling your story. “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? :-)
1) Where does your story of bipolar disorder start? / What was going on at the time?
2) What is the one thing you wish never happened because of your bipolar disorder?
3) Do you agree with the show that bipolar disorder is a medically-recognized illness and nothing personal? / Why or why not?
4) What is one way you’ll tell me a better life story this week?
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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! We’re all looking to have practice at telling our stories, and we’d love for you to practice with us. So don’t miss out!
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