#55 Essential survival tactics for crisis

empowerment optimism strategy Apr 09, 2020




Sometimes this disorder is downright confusing. Have you ever gotten deep into a bipolar mood swing and thought to yourself, “Why the heck did this happen? I was optimistic and somewhat happy just two days ago! Where did I go wrong?”

I found myself tanking just earlier this week. If you were to chart my optimism on a graph, it would show very high at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Then, as the weeks wore on, and with less and less physical/social interaction, I found myself starting to drown in a sea of anxiety and psychosis (in the form of social paranoia).

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast goes straight for the heart of what’s happening during this prolonged pandemic. Inside, I share the three key activities to protect if I’m going to have any hope at renewing my mental health. Don’t miss the part about how accountability works in relationships. It’s the secret to staying afloat when you’re drowning.


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  • Isolation and optimism are mutually exclusive. It is virtually impossible to remain hopeful and energetic when you withhold interaction with others.
  • Coronavirus isn’t the only crisis you will face in this life. People with bipolar disorder will have to navigate many such challenges, even when the “good times” return.
  • To stay afloat during any trying circumstances you have to combine and protect your sleep, your activity level, and your available “Lifer” relationships.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you talk your way through the stress of having to adjust to life with social, work, and recreational restrictions (CV-19). 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 how you learned to swim? / How did you learn?

2) As you learned to swim, did you have any fears about drowning? / Did you ever feel in danger?

3) How do you relate “drowning” to mental health? / Is that a good comparison, or do you feel it differently?

4) Is there anything we could add to Mike’s three suggestions about staying afloat during this crisis?

5) How can I help you keep the conversation going, about protecting yourself? / Do you feel like you’re in a downward spiral?


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 for ways to stay afloat during COVID-19, and we’d love for you to share your experience with us. So don’t miss out!


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