It’s so easy to downplay the importance of gratitude ––especially while you are navigating the aftermath or a depressive of manic episode. So try leaving yourself tiny ‘reminders’ everywhere.
Have you ever had blessings that leave you exhausted? This is the first year the scales have been tipped in my favor. I earned it, though I don’t always feel it. My life has never been better, yet I have been working myself into the ground, on the verge of a hypomanic episode. Forget about gratitude, I have to get back on track! And fast!
Why is this?
I know it is hard to be grateful all the time. I forget to be thankful when I’m cranky, tired, hungry or stressed. It is then those feelings go straight out the window. This is exponentially true when I am manic or depressed. It is not until I regain balance that my perspective comes back into focus and I pay thanks for life’s blessings.
Why is this? I am not used to it, number one. I remind myself this is still new territory.
Dark clouds lingered for so long in my life that I didn’t have practice with feeling good.
That horrible patch was a decade ago, Wendy. Snap out of it. Enough already.
You see, when my brain is spinning, or slipping, forget about control let alone gratitude; that is the last emotion I am feeling. It is sink or swim, fight or flight. Gratitude comes later once balance is restored.
When stress gets thrown in to the mix, oh boy, that’s like throwing gasoline onto a bonfire. Watch exhaustion and insanity result and how long it takes for the fire to extinguish.
A new wellness tip I use are my tiny mantras. They litter my desk and walls and when I get tired of them, they get replaced. I look at them and for a few minutes, I have a little balance.
Do you use mantras? How do remember to stay grateful?
Wendy Williamson had her first manic episode while studying at Virginia Tech, eight weeks before graduation. It was then she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type I. After being downsized from corporate America, Wendy wrote her memoir of honesty and hope entitled I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar. She co-wrote her second book: Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival: Tips for Living With Bipolar Disorder with author Honora Rose.
Wendy writes for BPHope.com and The The Huffington Post. She has written for: BP Magazine, Bipolar Disorder for Dummies: 2nd Edition and The Two River Times. Her book has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and National Alliance on Mental Illness’ The Advocate. Wendy is the founder of The Red Bank Writers Group and has been interviewed on over forty radio stations worldwide. Catch up with Wendy on Twitter and at her website.
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