#75 Don’t throw away everything you know about life balanceAug 27, 2020
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Do you ever just wonder if “life balance” is a myth? Or if it isn’t, do you fear that you’ve got no real chance at achieving it? If you haven’t already figured this out, the world is trying to throw you off balance (or keep you off-balance) every single day. And if it somehow didn’t throw you off today, chances are good that it will succeed tomorrow.
That’s because life in general is like a tightrope walk. You’re balancing on a cord hundreds of feet off the streets below, with nothing but a pole draped across your hands. And when you throw in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, it changes the weight distribution of the pole in some very sudden and terrifying ways!
If you’ve felt out of balance—maybe the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus is affecting you—or you feel like you’re about to fall, today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast might bring you encouraging news. Don’t spend another week preparing for a fall. See how a few simple adjustments can keep you walking in a stable direction.
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- Oftentimes, we fall out of balance mentally. But by learning to adjust our thoughts, we can take a troubling situation and turn down its forcefulness.
- To go without wise counsel is to fall out of balance emotionally. Learn to invite feedback and advice as you work through difficult days.
- Another invisible (but felt) destabilizer is the amount of commitments you have. By going “all in” on a single purpose or dream for your life, you can rebalance and go forward with confidence.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you out with any sticking points you may have toward getting help for your mental health.
“Lifers” are special people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick around through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)
1) Do you have an early memory of having to learn physical balance? / What’s the earliest “fall” you can remember having?
2) How do you deal with feeling off-balance in your life? / Do you adjust quickly? / Does it take some time?
3) On a scale of 1-10, how upset do you feel your life balance has become lately? (10 being complete loss of balance) / What makes you say that?
4) What do you envision yourself needing to do to arrive at a balanced life? / Do you think it’s even possible?
5) How helpful is it to take advice from others on this matter? / Do you have anyone that you look up to, because they have to work to maintain everyday balance?
6) Is there anyone whose counsel you could use right now? / When could you call them?
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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! There’s quite a few people 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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