3 Ways to Empower Yourself with Hope
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.