Bipolar BUZZ: Inspiration & Information

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Blogs and Articles

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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How to Help Others Understand Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

People with bipolar disorder require emotional support from family and friends, along with self-management strategies. Here’s how to help your loved ones understand you better: Pass on your knowledge The more you learn, the better you will be able to help your loved ones. With knowledge you’ll be able to fully and effectively explain your...

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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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How to Help a Friend With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 8, 2017

It can be difficult to know how to help a friend who’s either newly diagnosed with bipolar or currently in a mood episode; here are some ideas: #1 Offer support, not advice Many times people just want to talk about their problems without having someone else try and solve them or offer advice. If you...

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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 Things to Know About Bipolar and Noise Sensitivity

bp Magazine
September 3, 2017

Whether you have sensitivity to a particular sound related to a past emotional experience or if common noises are intolerable for you; here’s what you can do: #1 Acknowledge the hypersensitivity It’s important to accept what our body is doing and realize it’s normal to feel anxious. We should try not to fear the sensitivity...

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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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How To Tell If Your Bipolar Disorder is in Remission

bp Magazine
September 2, 2017

When going about your life, possibly with fluctuating mood changes, how do you know when/if you are in remission? The bipolar community weighs in:   Tanya: “I don’t know for certain; but there is just that one morning that I wake up, open the curtains and the sun looks so much brighter than it did...

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Bipolar & Stress: Best Apps to Ease Your Mind

bp Magazine
August 31, 2017

If you’re searching for stress relief at your fingertips, a phone app may offer instant relief; here are four calming apps to help in your quest: Worry Box Put your worries away in the Worry Box—a “cognitive diary” to help you determine how to cope with the worry. For example, if your worry is controllable,...

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Secrets to Getting More Things Done

bp Magazine
August 31, 2017

People living with bipolar disorder know what it’s like to struggle with getting things accomplished; we asked for their secrets for success: Lighten up “Laughing at the problem and myself has helped me lessen anger when things go wrong; it’s lessened being overly critical of myself and has helped me better accept mistakes. This has...

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Working with Bipolar Disorder: 3 Things to Consider

bp Magazine
August 31, 2017

When looking for meaningful work that works for you there are several things to consider before your search; here are just three: #1 Think about the environment Consider your needs. Dealing with the public or being in front-line customer service can be fraught with abusive customers and is a landmine for triggers. The stress can...

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What People With Bipolar Disorder Really Say About Sleep

bp Magazine
August 28, 2017

Problems with sleep are included in the list of symptoms for both depressed and manic episodes. Here is what real people living with bipolar disorder say about triggers, symptoms and sleep.   Signs of mania “My sleep is my first sign of mania! I wouldn’t say it’s a sleep disorder, since everyone’s bipolar is different,...

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What It’s Really Like to Live With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 28, 2017

Is bipolar disorder a part of the person or is it them? People living with the brain-based disorder offer their own perceptions: #1 “I am me: kind, caring, happy person. Sometimes my bipolar 2 magnifies that. But it can go over the top into a dangerous zone. Other times it tries to drown me and...

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6 Life-Changing Strategies to Treat Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 26, 2017

There are many things people living with bipolar disorder can do to help their symptoms on a daily basis; here are some important actions to try:   #1 Customize your own treatment plan People who are successfully treating their bipolar disorder have created their own personalized treatment plan that works for them. For one person,...

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Top Music Picks From People Living with Bipolar

bp Magazine
August 26, 2017

We asked BP Magazine for Bipolar’s Facebook community what music they’re listening to; here’s just a sampling of the wide range on their playlists: Old School The following choices, some nostalgic, were popular: AC/DC, Metallica, Meatloaf, Rolling Stones, Queen, Joni Mitchell, Rush, KISS, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel and 80s’ New Wave....

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