#46 Building your support team

empowerment support Feb 06, 2020




Do you ever notice that anxiety rises sharply when you’re alone—sitting at home, driving to the store, being in a public place? Have you ever been convinced that your situation is hopeless?—that the fires are too widespread and devastating for you to deal with?

Anxiety is the symptom that comes along and agitates bipolar depression. It’s responsible for that restless and helpless feeling when we’re faced with a problem, no matter the size. But what if you could fight back and it didn’t mean having to be “stronger”?

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares the one thing that will knock down the pressure and help you have less freak-out moments. And that one thing is your support team. Listen as Mike reveals his 3-step cycle for building a “knock-out team” for anxiety.


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  • Having a dynamite team is what you’ll need to combat anxiety and depression in bipolar disorder.
  • Even if you feel like isolating, you need other people in your life—especially to do it well.
  • There’s a 3-step cycle to putting yourself in the company of great people who will value you: 1) Find yourself first, 2) Go where quality people go, and 3) Connect by adding to other’s lives.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer guide to help you break out of isolation and put together a team that knocks out your worst anxieties. “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) What is your favorite time to be alone? / When are you alone and not anxious?

2) How does your anxiety play out over the course of an entire day? / Tell me about a good day versus a bad day.

3) Which part of the 3-step cycle (from this episode) is the hardest for you to do?

4) Where do you look in our town and see something you want to be part of? / Is this something we could do together?


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! We’re all looking to grow the size and quality of our support teams, and we’d love for you to practice with us. So don’t miss out!


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