I forgot to take my medication on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a result I worked like a maniac and got little sleep. By Thursday I was starting to feel the physical withdrawal effects and remembered my medication! It took a little while for things to settle down. I was tired and sleepy most of yesterday and today I’m a little low and know I need to take action to avoid getting very low.
My doctor did question a bipolar diagnosis for me. The psychiatrist diagnosed BPD. No matter what my ‘diagnosis’ is I need to live my best life and learn how best to do that. And skipping my medication is not a great idea!
So here is my list for managing my low mood. Although I do enjoy my manic activity phases, writing lots of patterns and achieving lots I do know there will be a price to pay. And that price is not enjoyable.
- Engage in physical activity – exercise can help boost your mood and release endorphins.
- Connect with loved ones – spending time with family and friends can be comforting and uplifting.
- Practice self-care – take a warm bath, meditate, or treat yourself to a favorite snack or activity.
- Seek professional help – talking to a therapist or counselor can provide you with valuable support and guidance.
- Spend time in nature – being outside and surrounded by natural beauty can help destress and improve your mood.
- Write in a journal – expressing your thoughts and feelings on paper can be a therapeutic way to process your emotions.
- Volunteer or help others – doing something kind for someone else can give you a sense of purpose and improve your overall well-being.
- Take a break from social media – sometimes disconnecting from the constant noise of social media can help you feel more centered and present.
- Try something new – learning a new skill or hobby can be a fun way to challenge yourself and boost your self-confidence.
- Practice gratitude – focusing on what you’re thankful for can help shift your perspective and cultivate a more positive mindset.
Remember that everyone’s journey is unique and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so it’s important to find what works best for you.