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New Year’s resolutions for those living with Bipolar Affective Disorder

Nicole Carman
New Year's resolutions for those living with Bipolar Affective Disorder

This post was written and contributed by JL Nash. Please be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
 
 

It’s that time of year. You know… around New Year, when you’re drinking — and it doesn’t have to be much — to start interfering with your medications. That eternal pattern of swings and roundabouts suddenly gets harder. The highs are higher and the lows are so depressing you’ve even forgotten to notice the semicolon you had a tattooed on your wrist.

This is where I should be saying to go for a walk, get some exercise, eat healthily… but we don’t. We might make it into the pool if our body image isn’t too messed up. We might have a snowball fight with our younger relatives if we can be motivated to get off the couch.

Bipolar Affective Disorder is no walk in the park. As many know, it’s a crippling condition. Not laziness, not merely anxiety. It is a physiological alternate wiring in the brain leading to irrational and erratic, often high risk behaviour, or the disabling depths of a depression that can’t possibly be lifted.

This is the Christmas and New Year period and all those changes, the visiting of relatives, the changes to routine, even going to parties can trigger bipolar behaviour and lead to despair in the fallout.

Furthermore, we are expected to make resolutions for the coming year? Forget that! There’s no way we can plan and match our plans. Or is there?

I have a temporary solution and it’s as cunning as a fox on meth. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). It is not a cure but it is one of the answers in times of distress, from high, low or zombie-like states. I am an NLP Master Trainer and this has been a godsend in dealing with my diagnosis of BAD Type 1.

You don’t have to be a Master Practitioner to use this set of skills. I am going to give you some for free, and if you do them you will feel better! Well, in the very least, more hopeful and ready for the new year.

NLP re-wires the responses of the brain using specific language patterns and physical interventions. I can help you learn some of these so you too can lift the darkness, calm the manic and raise the expectation of the numbed. It’s not a miracle. It’s rewiring and it’s real. The best thing is you don’t have to believe in anything to make it work. You just have to follow instructions. If you want to feel better… I am giving you the best way I know how.
 
 

How to make a decision

Think of something you are sure of, a fact.

For example:
The sun will rise in the morning.
Ice is slippery.
A word is made up of at least 1 letter.
The English alphabet has 26 letters in it.
2 + 2 = 4

Notice how, when you repeat a fact, you experience a certain feeling in your body. Now tell three lies and notice how that feels in the body. The feelings may be in two different places and/or may be two different sensations. You have to make a decision but can’t decide between two different situations or choices.
 
 

Put it into action

Think of a fact. Now, say it aloud.

Notice where the feeling is in the body. This time, say it aloud as if a decision has been made. Can you tell a difference in the feeling in the body?

Think of another fact. Say this one aloud, too.

Notice where the feeling is in the body. This time, say it aloud as if a decision has been made. Can you tell a difference in the feeling in the body?
 
 

Let’s talk facts

The fact sensation is the sensation for definite. It is where your decision sits. If you feel an alternative sensation to the facts, then it is probably not the definite answer.

The more you practice this technique, the easier you will find it to make decisions. It might look tricky in the beginning, but follow the steps and you will find relief in the ability to make decisions and not be stuck in your feelings and choices.

Nicole Carman

My name is Nicole Carman and I’m a mental health advocate and writer who is diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, depression and anxiety. I'm the Founder of the Mental Health Awareness Project. I’m extremely passionate about raising awareness of mental health topics, including general mental health, mental wellness, and mental illnesses.

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Welcome to my own little space on the internet! My name is Nicole and this is my personal blog where I write about mental health. I’m extremely passionate about raising awareness of mental health and mental illnesses. I love helping and supporting others, spending time with my husband and cats, and traveling and exploring new places.

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