3 Strategies to Get Smart with Bipolar and Stress Management

Last Updated: 20 Nov 2018

Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? There are some simple strategies you can work into your daily life to find relief.


My name is Lisa Acuña and I’m here with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog and during this episode, I’m going to be talking about managing stress more effectively with bipolar disorder, and the techniques that have worked for me.

The first one is definitely exercise. Exercise helps to mitigate my mood symptoms—particularly anxiety. Getting my body moving relieves stress and it makes me less anxious. In addition, exercise helps me sleep better, which in turn eases my stress levels.

One of the other things you can do to relieve stress with bipolar disorder is to eat healthier. I know that I have a tendency to crave junk food, and that’s not good for my mind or my mood. So I recommend eating foods that are going to be sustaining as well as healthy. This means cutting back on the junk food, processed food and the sugar. I’ve found that really does help to manage overall stress.

Another thing that helps to manage stress with bipolar disorder is to get adequate sleep, and this is something that helps me feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. It also definitely helps me to manage stress in my daily life much better than I normally would be able to without the proper amount of shuteye.

Something else that works really well for me is journaling. I can just kind of get my thoughts down on paper and see everything that has been going on. I frequently read old journal entries to notice patterns and see events that have been going on in my life that might be stressful, so I can try to acknowledge those and deal with them more effectively.

The last thing that I would suggest is to ask for help. If you need help, ask for it, from a mental health professional, a doctor, or a family member. Ask for as much help as you need. This definitely helps to subdue your stress levels, and it is one of the best things we can do, but sometimes we don’t.

Thank you, these are my tips to manage stress and my name is Lisa Acuña for bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog.

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About the author
Lisa Acuña is an Orlando-based librarian, and aspiring writer and photographer. She loves the resources available at bphope.com and reads the website daily. She has Bipolar Disorder Type II, and is always looking for ways to best manage her Bipolar. In her free time she enjoys exercise and reading.
  1. I’m trying to do these things, although I am
    Very depressed I was diagnosed in July and started heavy meds this past Thursday. They dove me the shakes a bit, but they actually seem to be working. I’m afraid of this diagnosis and how it is going to affect my ability to care for myself and my 14 year-old som thanks for the tips

  2. I am trying a new strategy instead of journaling: comment on the bphope article every morning. This gets my mind off of obsessing and worry about the day to come. For five or ten minutes I read the article thoughtfully and mindfully, considering and absorbing the ideas presented. I take a few moments to let the ideas sink it, then I write a reply from the mind and the heart, which I hope will mean something to others. This is about taking in a new perspective, an island of calm first thing in the morning.

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