Excuses, Excuses!

So yeah there are times when I need to vent a little.  Call it a spontaneous therapy session.  Without the therapist.  Part of being bipolar is being good at making excuses.  However, making excuses isn’t something we want to be good at, it’s just how we sometimes explain ourselves to others.  And note, excuses are usually…

Exercise for Balance

I found this article online, by Kristeen Cherney, that summarizes why exercise is  so important to leading a balanced bipolar lifestyle.  It’s brief, but it drives home some serious information.  Below I list some excerpts that are worth paying attention to.  Please read, and then go exercise! Written by Kristeen Cherney, healthline.com Role of Exercise…

Movie: Infinitely Polar Bear

Movie: Infinitely Polar Bear Mark Ruffalo is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  He is so good at absorbing his roles, and living the part.  In this movie he plays a bipolar father and husband set in the 1970’s.  This is a time when bipolar disorder was referred to as manic-depression, and still widely misunderstood.  Also, the…

Avocados

Avocados: The monosaturated (“good”) fats in this heart-healthy fruit not only lower cholesterol but help keep the receptors in the brain sensitive to serotonin, thought to boost mood. These same fats will help lower blood pressure, another key to feeling relaxed. -Lynn Santa Lucia, bphope.com I personally love avocados, and I think they can go…

Food to Mood

I am a big believer in eating right to feel right.  Below is a great article I came across on bphope.com by Lynn Santa Lucia.  Here she outlines some of the more important reasons why eating certain foods have the ability to help us lead a more balanced lifestyle.  Check back often to see which…

Valleys=Depression

Let’s be specific… Bipolar Depression is different than Clinical Depression.  The following excerpt is directly from ULifeline.com: What is the difference between bipolar depression and depression? When you hear people talk about being diagnosed with or treated for depression, they are often referring to unipolar depression. There are important differences between unipolar depression and bipolar depression…

Peaks=Mania

This excerpt is directly from WebMD, and I like the way it describes things: Hypomania and Mania in Bipolar Disorder Bipolar mania, hypomania, and depression are symptoms of bipolar disorder. The dramatic mood episodes of bipolar disorder do not follow a set pattern — depression does not always follow mania. A person may experience the…

Movie: WILD_Part 3

Part 3: WILD – In Conclusion I never lost a toenail, or even broke a toe. I never spent three months hiking by myself. I never turned to drugs, or had sex with strangers. However, I can relate to everything Cheryl went through. I have felt pain and agony, but mine was internal.   I have spent…

Movie: WILD_Part 2

Part 2: WILD – Diving Deeper Some movies have the ability to take you on a journey, and allow you to forget about life for a while. The movie, “Wild”, did just that for me in more ways than one. Reese Witherspoon’s character, Cheryl, drew me into both her physical journey, and her life journey….

Movie: WILD_Part 1

Part 1: WILD – My First Impression It wasn’t the blood, or even the loose toenail.  After it was slowly pried from its root I still felt nothing.  To imagine how it would feel to hike over all sorts of terrain with a wound like that didn’t affect me either.  To then hike without boots, and become…

Why Peaks & Valleys?

I wish it wasn’t my habitat, but it is.  I live on a mountainside.  The search for a nice plateau is endless, and sometimes I do locate one.  However, much of the time it feels like a slippery slope that I must traverse.  The good news is that with the right equipment it can be…

Sleep… ?

Do I sleep?  Of course!  We all do, but are we consistent?  Maaaaybe.  I know the importance of keeping a proper Sleep Schedule is one of the Six Pillars to maintaining a healthy Bipolar Lifestyle (See the “Six Pillars to Balance” post).  In fact, it’s actually important for everyone.  Of the Four Pillars, this is one…