I write a lot about general mental health but not a lot about bipolar 2. So on World Bipolar Day here is a quick blog on how you can work towards getting well and living with BP2.

Firstly. You’re awesome. If you’ve got bipolar or bipolar2 you’re a superstar just for getting through each day with what is a horrible illness. I was diagnosed with BP2 three years ago. I have spent the last year focussing on myself and getting super-duper fit mentally and physically.

I’m hoping that you have a diagnosis? If you don’t and you think you are on the bp spectrum keep pushing and get yourself a good doctor. It’s incredibly hard to get a diagnosis in the UK. I managed it, but I can imagine there are a lot of people who are ill enough that it’s impacting their lives, but not ill enough for full-blown mania and have therefore slipped through the gaps.

Here are my top tips for managing bipolar 2:

  • Write a list of you top five destructive behaviours and then work to avoid them
  • Cut toxic people out of your life. If someone is winding you up, fueling your anger then they need to go
  • Exercise as much as you can – get outside every day
  • Take medication until you are well enough that you don’t need it. It might be never but that’s ok
  • Talk to your doctor regularly
  • Cut sugar, caffeine and stimulants out of your diet
  • Stop drinking alcohol or cut down massively
  • Stop gambling and stop spending money. Put someone else in charge of your money if you need to
  • Get into a healthy sleep habit and if you want a great tip, use yoga Nidra to help you sleep
  • Go on a mindfulness course
  • Go on a CBT course
  • Start meditating
  • Read as much as you can on your illness
  • Build-in good habits like getting out for a walk every day. Build up little habits that you can achieve every day
  • Stop watching violent, scary or upsetting films/tv
  • Eat healthily and cut out junk food
  • Take time for yourself to be calm, go to a spa and have a swim
  • Read more
  • Take yourself away from stressful situations and say no
  • Stop self-indulging your illness – you are in charge!
  • Drink more water
  • Join a class of any sort
  • Get some counselling
  • Try alternative therapy and wellness
  • Cut up your credit cards
  • Talk to your work about it
  • Reduce stress, learn how to recognise stress
  • Learn your triggers
  • Look after yourself more and put yourself first more
  • Talk to your friends and family
  • Build your mental health toolkit for when you need it
  • Know that you’re not alone

Good luck with kicking this illness. Remember that Bipolar does not define you. You are an amazing person, this is just an illness and you can learn to be well. Good luck. Much love J x

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