Even if you are experienced in handling your mental illness, there will be days when you panic. The mere threat of another mood episode sends you into maintenance mode. I experienced this yesterday. When I awoke this morning, I realized that I had done an excellent job in identifying my trigger and responding to it in an appropriate way. Maintaining mental balance is a process that you improve at over time.
Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.
My mania maintenance plan includes:
- Adjusting the dose of my mood stabilizer/antipsychotic medication (with physician approval)
- Sleeping off mania with the help of increased mood stabilizer/antipsychotic medication
- I also document moods with the eMoods app
- Limiting or eliminating stimulants
- Refraining from intense exercise
- Limit time online
Do the Opposite of What You Feel
While setting up this blog and learning to write for better SEO, I neglected my chores. Unfortunately, that left a big mess for me on the one day that my brain is moving like a turtle (meds). I looked around and just felt overwhelmed, and I didn’t want to clean anything.
So, I identified barriers that kept me sitting in my chair. With each identification, I looked at ways to make it disappear or make it better. For instance, cleaning can be boring so I put on my earbuds and listened to music while I cleaned.
I also rewarded myself with an activity. Rewards don’t sound that important, but they can be. I decided that I would take a nice shower and do some self-care on my feet once the chores were completed. The best part is that my exercise earbuds are waterproof so I really enjoyed my shower today!
Now I’m sitting in a clean flat, and I feel all clean too. My mood has improved and I feel very calm and stable. Never underestimate the beauty of calm. Mania can feel amazing, but it can wreck your goals, your finances, and anything important to you.
I save my moments of euphoria for intense exercise, walking in the cold, and being out in nature.
There is good euphoria and the kind the wrecks your life. Making the choice to maintain mental balance is a reward in an of itself!