#52: What to Do When You Face a Major Life Disruption

empowerment mindset reflection Mar 19, 2020
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Do you ever get caught off guard and find yourself unprepared to respond? For anyone who reads this after the events of the novel coronavirus pandemic, just recall that feeling. Because it hit everyone.

I produce The Bipolar Now Podcast from the cozy convenience of my tiny kitchen office, but I probably could do it anywhere. Not today.

As I was self-quarantined all alone at home, without plugging into the constant media stream of disease updates, I found something to land on that powers me through.

On today’s episode, you’ll get a very encouraging reminder to always put your future first, even before self care. Doing so will ensure that the next major event, or war, or market crash, or even a family loss will find you strong.

Don't miss this epic discussion!


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  • When you have a mental disorder like bipolar or anxiety or PTSD, you are automatically exposed to greater risk of a hard relapse when the world is crashing down, literally or figuratively.

  • Obsession and hysteria generate fear. Be in command of your words, your thoughts, and your outward expressions because your hysteria has familial and community ripple effects.

  • The way to avoid most fears is to adopt a lifestyle of preparedness. This is one thing the “Doomsday Preppers” get right, though we need not fear sudden terrors like the COVID-19 contagion.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you talk through the impact of this unprecedented outbreak. This is important for mental health because we lose sight of reality when we are isolated and restricted for even a short amount of time.

“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) Do you remember a time when you were little when you got sick? / What do you remember about that?

2) When was the last time you had a severe flu or other respiratory illness where you thought you would never recover? / Does that go through your mind about the coronavirus?

3) How do you feel about what Mike said when he said to combat fear with re-writing a future? / Are you going to take him up on this challenge?

4) Name one person you could get on the phone with today, that you’ve been wanting to talk to. / Will you reach out to them?


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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