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10 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 20, 2018

People who are successfully treating and living with their bipolar realize there’s no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to behavioral, emotional, and psychological protocols. Here are ten habits of what has worked for them: #1 They’ve created their own treatment plan Through trial and error, these folks have created a personalized treatment plan that works...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wellness Rituals

Christine Yu
October 3, 2018

A wide range of practices can be developed into wellness rituals. Finding the right ones depends on your interests, values, and what helps you unwind. START WITH SLEEP Getting quality sleep is a cornerstone for maintaining or regaining wellness. First off, set your alarm for the same time every morning—and heck, set one for a...

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3 Healthy Ways You Can Abolish Unhealthy Food Cravings

Julie Revelant
July 3, 2018

It’s time to take charge of unhealthy food cravings. Here’s how. 1) Make sleep a priority Studies show sleep deprivation can increase cortisol and alter two hormones that affect appetite: ghrelin and leptin. Without enough hours of shut-eye, your body makes more ghrelin, “the hunger hormone,” that tells your body to eat; and slows down...

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7 Mood-Boosting ‘Superfoods’ to Ease Bipolar’s Mood Swings

Julie Revelant
July 3, 2018

Although there are no specific recommendations when it comes to the foods that will help symptoms, nixing the processed, packaged fare and focus on eating fresh, whole foods is a good idea.   Rather than focus on the foods you should eliminate from your diet, here are 7 healthy options to add in: 1) Salmon...

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Bipolar & Seasons: Fall Brings More Than Just a Change in Colors

bp Magazine
September 26, 2017

For some, autumn can mean beautiful leaves and fresh, crisp air; for others it can spell the sad ending of the warm glow of summer Changes all around us Change is palpable as summer fades into fall—flowers and vegetables are dying, the days are getting shorter and the weather is turning cooler. Despite the beauty...

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Bipolar & Health: 3 Simple Ways to Add Physical Activity to Your Life

bp Magazine
September 23, 2017

Adding exercising to your daily routine doesn’t have to mean sweating for hours on end; here are 3 creative strategies to simply move more in your everyday life: #1 Every chore counts Change your thoughts on how you perceive exercise. Instead of thinking it as a grueling gym workout, realize that all movement is exercise...

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Bipolar & Habits: Secrets to Changing Your Behavior Without Willpower

bp Magazine
September 23, 2017

When you don’t have to rely on motivation or willpower to claw your way through changing an unwanted behavior, things open up; here’s how: The method BJ Fogg, PhD, director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, is the creator of the popular Tiny Habits Method. To form a lifelong habit, argues Fogg, the...

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Bipolar & Diet: 4 Tricks to Increase Your Healthy Foods

bp Magazine
September 23, 2017

It can be challenging to curb the cravings for the foods that cause inflammation and weight gain; here are a few secrets to help:   #1 Better choices Consider ways to replace and substitute some long-time unhealthy habits for better ones. If you’re use to having a doughnut or a bagel for breakfast, swap it...

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Bipolar & Depression: 3 Ways To Cope With Winter Moods

bp Magazine
September 22, 2017

The start of the darker months might also mean the start of depression for some people with bipolar disorder; here’s what you need to know: #1 Exposure to seasonal sunlight If possible, spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, in sunshine and without sunglasses, recommends Loyola University Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD.  Or...

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How Strength Training Improves Sleep

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

By adding resistance training into your exercise regimen you will also help alleviate insomnia and increase your sleep quality; here’s what you need to know: A direct connection Science suggests a definite link between getting plenty of exercise and getting better sleep—and even helping to alleviate insomnia. Even a regimen of 20 to 30 minutes...

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Bipolar & Health: 6 Tricks to Overcoming Addiction

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

Substance addiction such as nicotine may be common with bipolar disorder, so here are some simple strategies to improve your likelihood of success: #1 Make the commitment There’s an enormous difference between wanting and thinking about quitting smoking and making the decision to quit. Things open up when you make that real commitment. One way...

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4 Ways to Master the Art of Optimism

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

When people with bipolar disorder can stay positive in the face of everyday stressors, it has a big impact on physical and mental health; here’s how:   1. Focus on your breath Psychologist and author Rick Hanson, PhD provides the ultimate wellness exercise that everyone can do to keep optimism at the forefront: sit or...

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Why Strength Training Should Be Part of Your Bipolar Wellness Plan

bp Magazine
September 10, 2017

By strengthening your muscles, you’re helping your mood, mind, and metabolism. Here’s how to introduce resistance training into your bipolar treatment regimen: First, the benefits The kind of muscle fiber you build through weight training, known as white muscle, appears to help regulate blood sugar levels, according to University of Michigan Medical School researchers. Studies...

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Bipolar & Health: 5 Secrets to Resetting Your Eating Habits

bp Magazine
September 10, 2017

Tackle the patterns of overeating and making unhealthy food choices, and transform your relationship to eating by practicing this mindful eating exercise regularly: Remove distractions Turn off the radio and TV so there’s no news in the background. Either put your phone into airplane mode or put it on mute and leave it in the...

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Bipolar & Recovery: More Than Just Absence of Symptoms

bp Magazine
September 9, 2017

According to SAMSHA wellness is NOT defined simply by “the absence of illness or stress.” So its time to move yourself in a positive direction toward a fulfilling life Dimensions of wellness Being free of symptoms is just part of a holistic wellness approach. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is...

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What to Do When Bipolar Depression Meets Chronic Pain

bp Magazine
September 8, 2017

It’s not uncommon for people dealing with bipolar depression to have a co-existing condition of chronic pain. Here’s three ways to get the symptoms under control: #1 Manage your stress. For many, the basic emotion of stress, in any situation, can be an immediate trigger for a pain flare-up. If you’re one of those people,...

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4 Coping Strategies for Highly Sensitive People

bp Magazine
September 4, 2017

If you have bipolar disorder and are also highly sensitive to things, people and environments, it can cause additional stress and anxiousness. Here’s how to manage:   #1  Deal with stress Having a handle on stress is key for people who are highly sensitive AND have bipolar disorder. Both highly sensitive people and those with...

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What You Need To Know About Mindfulness Therapy for Bipolar

bp Magazine
September 3, 2017

According to recent research mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or MBCT may help individuals with bipolar disorder prevent depressive episodes and has lasting benefits; read on:   What is MBCT? Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering work with mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is united with aspects of cognitive therapy. Zindel Segal, one of the founders of...

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3 Simple Secrets to Help Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 2, 2017

There are numerous strategies to help lessen the symptoms of bipolar disorder, but besides the importance of medical intervention (medication, therapy) there are simple ways to help. Feed your brain & body As much as possible, remove refined sugar from your diet and add good saturated fats. Recently, researchers at University College London studied an...

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3 Ways to Change Your Negative Thinking

bp Magazine
September 2, 2017

Negative thought patterns are often a by-product of bipolar disorder and can be difficult to harness; try these strategies next time the negativity appears:   1. Distinguish between what you feel and what is real Your mood can easily blur your vision. Feeling depressed often means feeling life is hopeless, but it’s important to realize...

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