#49: Seven Tactics to Downgrade a Stressed-Out Life with Mental Illness

anxiety prevention stress Mar 03, 2020
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Does it ever astonish you how quickly life can fall apart with a bipolar disorder (or any other major health condition)? That’s why it’s critical to put some special roadblocks in place, so that you can strive to maintain yourself and everything you’ve fought for.

On a previous episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike revealed the exact steps he takes to do stress management ongoing. In this updated episode he reveals how realistic it is to keep himself going strong and to do crisis management, all while being on guard against the ultimate danger—hopelessness.

Every day can be a battle for sanity when there’s a mental illness in play. Find out which of the seven tactics were hard or nearly impossible to maintain during turmoil. And find the reassurance that even though the game gets hard, it’s never necessary to call it quits.

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  • Life with mental illness is like a high-stakes professional athletics game—there’s a LOT on the line and it requires a performance to maintain daily responsibilities.

  • To guard against hopelessness, you have to play a bigger game in your tactics that manage bipolar.

  • Don’t feel guilty over what you’re not doing in your management plan. Feel convicted to start making adjustments and additions.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you commit to a more radical management plan that works in all seasons and circumstances. “Lifers” are special people who have the kind of faithfulness that assures you they’re going to 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) How often would you say you find yourself in turmoil? / What do you tend to go through?

2) Bipolar disorder is triggered (activated or made much worse) in seasons of turmoil. What is one thing you have control over when circumstances are very difficult?

3) When you listened to Mike’s management style (the “seven techniques”), how much of your situation do you think you could personally improve?

4) How can I help support you to make those changes?

5) What would you do with your time and your talent if bipolar disorder were less of an interference?


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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