#79 Make creativity part of your recovery

empowerment optimism reflection Sep 29, 2020
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Are you known for your creativity? Did you know you can use creativity as a way to gain greater recovery from bipolar symptoms and episodes? You can use it for something small like writing thank-you notes. Or you can plan a grand entry back into the world of the arts.

Either way, you’re going to need some practical tips, as Mike explains on today’s show from The Bipolar Now Podcast. If you’re creative, then you need to be creating. Don’t let this disorder strip you of employing your many incredible talents!


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  • Having a purpose for creative making—whether that’s art, music, drama, writing, or dance—actually keeps you sane and healthy much longer than if you were to recovery without these in your life.
  • Have a space and a time for the creative process. Do not be haphazard in your making.
  • Make sure to have a shutdown routine so that you don’t get dragged late into the night with creativity, which can easily spiral into a bipolar manic episode if you’re not careful.


Lifer Discussion Guide

There is no Lifer guide for this episode, but you can use the five practical tips in this episode to open up a conversation this week. “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? :-)


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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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