Oftentimes, in order to move mountains, we need to begin with smaller stones—or even pebbles.
It’s easy to forget about ourselves when we’re busy taking care of others. Add in bipolar depression, and the little bit of energy we can muster to take care of the kids—or spend quality time with a partner—leaves us completely zapped when it comes to our own self-care.
Whether it’s warding off depression or dealing with it directly, while we know all the things that can help us—wellness care like exercising, healthy eating, CBT, meditating—as a whole, they can all become too burdensome when there’s so much to take on and so little time.
As a domino effect, the more we delay in caring for ourselves, the harder it is to get started because we’re feeling discouraged and guilty, and depressive symptoms worsen.
“Depression impacts your thought process, which then impacts you physically and emotionally,” explains clinical social worker Lisa Ferentz. “This can lead to loss of motivation to do daily living tasks, connect with other people socially, and meet responsibilities at work.”
Rather than dealing with an overwhelming list of should-dos, try for one modest goal, like setting aside a small amount of time just for yourself each day. Whether you work on wellness care, or use that time to connect with yourself, you will surely benefit.
The break doesn’t have to be elaborate. Try taking a walk in nature—without your phone. Write in your journal. Lose yourself in a good book. Just for a brief part of the day, try to create a sacred space for yourself.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a universal alarm setting for “Me Time”?
Jessica Whitaker says carving out 30 minutes a day for herself has been transformational: “Once I discovered how powerful it is to connect with myself, it became easier to tackle some of those healthy tasks that seemed monumental before.” Read more >>
Seeking help for bipolar can sometimes feel unsettling. You can set your mind at ease—and improve your care—by following these 5 tips for an effective appointment with your psychiatrist!
#1 Define the problem beforehand Prior to your appointment, take some time to think about what it is you want to get out of the appointment. Bipolar disorder symptoms and issues can change between each meeting, so defining exactly what you want help with will save time, allowing you to spend more valuable resources on getting the precise help you’re after.
#2 Respect the time Try to keep the chatting with your psychiatrist to a minimum and instead talk about the important things pertaining to your issues. Along these lines, if there are several issues, bring up the most important topics at the start of the appointment, instead of near the end of the meeting, when there isn’t enough time to discuss the higher-priority concern. Read more >>
Dallas, Texas, May 20, 2020—New research from UT Southwestern Medical Center that mapped brain changes after one year of aerobic workouts has uncovered a potentially critical process: Exercise boosts blood flow into two key regions of the brain associated with memory.
Notably, the study showed this blood flow can help older people with memory issues improve cognition, a finding that scientists say could guide future Alzheimer’s disease research.
Half of the study’s 30 participants underwent aerobic exercise training; the rest only stretched. The exercise group showed 47% improvement in memory scores after one year, compared with minimal change in the stretch participants.
“We’ve shown that even when your memory starts to fade, you can still do something about it by adding aerobic exercise to your lifestyle,” says Southwestern senior research scientist Binu Thomas, PhD. Read more >>
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