Five Tips to Take on Bipolar Symptoms When Moving
Moving is difficult, especially if you are dealing with bipolar disorder symptoms. It can help to consider five factors, including adjusting your treatment plan for your new home base.
If I know one thing, it’s that moving sucks. It is stressful and for those of us with bipolar disorder, we need to be extra careful that the stress doesn’t swing us into mania or delve us into depression. I am certainly no expert, so please feel free to jump in below with some much needed commentary!
As someone who has literally moved East, West, North, South and back, fifteen times over the last ten years, I feel confident that I have the experience to offer something. So, here are the top 5 things I’ve learned to do for making a successful and sane move.
1. As they say… wherever I go, there I am, so make sure you are moving for the right reasons! I am on a mission to unpack my bags and truly feel AT HOME FOR GOOD, so anything deterring the mission better have a darn good reason for doing so.
2. Make sure you have a plan of action, treatment wise, in your new location. Talk to your doctor and your pharmacy about the move, identify local hospitals in your new area and make sure you have a plan of attack in case something goes haywire.
3. Always keep your meds on you and then some whenever your travel ANYWHERE. Make sure everything is good to go before you step foot onboard that U-Haul.
4. You’ve heard the phrase… location, location, location… well for us folks with bipolar, it should be more like sunlight, sunlight, and more sunlight! Find a place that makes your heart smile when you walk in. There is nothing worse than coming home to those hospital white dreary walls, which radiate your neighbor’s vacuum… even if you are only four blocks from the beach!
5. I could go on and on, but one last really good piece of advice is to make sure that if you have
contracted a company to help you move, it has high ratings on the Better Business Bureau website.
Breathe, keep telling yourself Rome wasn’t built in a day, and don’t forget you’ve matured out of your materialistic phase… P.S. Avoiding meltdowns (even do to incompetency) ARE quite possible with the right plan of action and a really good support system (mom) in place. Good luck!