3 Ways to Empower Yourself with Hope

Last Updated: 2 May 2019
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When dealing with bipolar disorder, one of the most important mindsets to cultivate is one of hope.

#1 Deal with distorted thinking

Examine whether your thinking is accurate, let go of self-blame, and learn strategies to reframe how you label things. Therapy sessions and self-help workbooks can help you monitor your mood and thoughts. Learn to see events in shades of gray rather than the black-and-white of perfect or terrible.

#2 Form healing relationships

When you feel doomed, alienated or powerless, you need friends who can help. Put effort into building and sustaining connections. If you start feeling that nothing matters, try and push yourself to tell someone—a friend, a loved one, or your doctor. Reaching out is the first step toward hope. The turning point for many people in their recovery has been the fact that others gave them hope.

#3 Follow a spiritual practice

This could be praying, attending worship, singing or listening to hymns, walking in nature, or attending a spiritual retreat. Look for readings that are empowering, reassuring, or address the type of hopelessness you feel.

 

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  1. I have found that a lot of these things help me in both my manic/mania episodes and depressive episodes my depressive episodes sometimes take my to really low periods where I have thoughts of harming myself and thoughts of self medicating with alcohol and have actually done it. No one in my family knows of my bipolar 1 diagnosis yet someday soon I will tell them just worried how they’ll take it and if they believe it but someone told me that I should and if they don’t believe me that’s their problem. I am 24 I got diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder at 19 while away at a college on campus and the lady who diagnosed me didn’t give me anything to prove that I fit the criteria on the DSM IV for bipolar 1 however I know I have it because she said I do and life hasn’t been the same since.

  2. Candee — I agree about the creativity. I’m a good writer. However, I never felt I was good enough to write a book and get published. I also have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) — the new term for Multiple Identity Disorder (MPD). My psychiatrist won’t even talk to me about my DID diagnosis. When I brought it up he just shook his head and has that “little smile” on his face. My clinical psychologist, my therapist whom I see once a week, diagnosed me with DID after one year of seeing me. It’s not a diagnosis given lightly! I have DID because I’m a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse. I was sexually abused by the “Neighborhood Pedophile” for about two years. He said he would murder my brother if I didn’t do what he said. Anyway, back to BPD. I also formed a Prayer Circle of 17 people — 16 women and my husband! My husband, Bradford, is also Bipolar. We’re a good match. We also both have Fibromyalgia. We understand each other completely. Oh, my diagnosis includes BPD with Psychosis. That’s a very common diagnosis — or so I’m told. Keep reading bp magazine — if YOU are Bipolar, or know SOMEONE who is. If you have a CHILD who is, bp magazine is VERY helpful!!!

  3. Little by little, Day by day.” My daughter called me out last night, saying I nurture others but not myself. Guilty. I tend to think that I am not worthy, I’m defective and not deserving of all the good things because I have Bipolar. This is a case where I need to look at the facts, and not believe that my feelings reflect the truth.

  4. What a very informative article, thanks

  5. Hi Andrea sister sufferer…
    I too have bipolar and I am very creative . Most of us truly are. Cooking, sewing, painting, writing, music etc….we have those areas of our brain lit up. Many famous artists had/have bipolar. No surprise here.
    I’ve been writing since a child and got published. I am working in some short stories and a novel now. My issue is the constant need to exploit us as ” mental illness” without the perks of our creativity.
    I find keeping journals a very vital part of my healing process and my Mindfulness program I work each and every day.
    As an abused wife I was constantly worrying about my children even after our divorce…real issues not invented.
    I think anyone who admits to the illness and works to get better deserves credit. We aren’t always 100% successful but we are attempting that.
    As a counselor I find so many have these creative abilities that may be hidden or not attributed to us.
    Time to let those creative juices flow.
    Good luck to you and remember to always love yourself each day….even if its not your best day.

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