Coping Strategies

For some reason I’m having issues coping with my Bipolar lately. I seem to be all over the map. I’m crying then I’m laughing, etc. I’m not sure whether it is due to the fact that my employer let me go while I was on leave for depression, the whole adoption thing or quite simply my new medication isn’t jiving with me. Whatever it is, I need to get a handle on it.

This brings me back to coping mechanisms we learned during the Mental Health Outpatient Program. Simple, easy coping skills can help. I still carry around a ring of pictures that calm me (dogs, cottage, nieces and nephew). I have a playlist on my iPhone called “happy songs”. Also, a lot of people enjoy mindfulness. I have the app on my phone but find I get too antsy. In the old days, I used to think coping skills were slapping on a pair of skates and hitting the rink!

Outside of institutional tools, I find volunteering to be a useful tool. Maybe it’s focusing on helping others that helps me grow as a person and get past my own issues. Where I am volunteering now is a little more intense – but I truly believe in the cause (abused women). Previous to that, I was inspiring young girls. That was a lot of fun.

Anyone have any tips or tricks for coping?

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