When in the midst of a bipolar mood episode, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are so many inconsistencies; ups, downs and in betweens. It can seem that there are no constants.
Even when diligent in our mental health care, even when treated, and even when medicated — bipolar disorder can be unpredictable. Frustrating is the least of it! We’ve evolved into strong, courageous creatures. Frustrating we can handle. It’s hope that can be elusive.
But I’ve found that, whether I’m in a mixed state or drowning in bipolar depression, if I can remember that. . . what I’m feeling is NOT permanent, it helps. It helps me maintain hope.
The Thing About Bipolar Disorder
The only constant of bipolar disorder is that it is ever-changing. The one and only thing we can count on is that our moods will change. My wish is that I, and everyone battling bipolar disorder, can catch ourselves before falling into that dark well of despair, remembering that this too shall pass. Knowing that we’re not going to feel this way forever. Yes, we might feel this way again, but not forever. . .
Time will pass, the wind will shift and so will our moods. Perhaps not as quickly or subtly as we’d prefer, but they will. And so we must find ways to manage until we make it to the other side. Be sure to check out the Coping Tools category here on the blog. It’s important to build a coping toolbox full of coping tools. And to figure out which ones work best for you in specific situations.
It’s also important that we keep up with our most basic self-care steps during mood episodes and medication changes. As it is to have support and stay socially-connected.Also check out the Mental Health Resources page.
Look, I know these things are easier said than done. Just dig around my blog a little, particularly the ‘Shadow’ category, and you’ll find that I fight my fair share of battles. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try or that what we’re trying to achieve is unattainable. Again, and please remember this, we’re strong, courageous creatures. We’re capable of weathering many storms. Many of us already have, and each one makes us stronger and prepares us for the next. But we do not have to do it alone.
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My hope is that you have hope today.
Remember that you are NOT alone, this too shall pass.
How do you remain hopeful when your mood fluctuates?