I had a pretty good day today! I felt rested, even-keeled and positive. Although I have to admit it wasn’t the most productive day I’ve ever had, it just felt good.
I woke up late which at first I was disappointed about, but then once I was fully awake, I was really looking forward to going to the gym. Once there, I had an awesome workout. I didn’t feel tired and in fact, felt stronger than the last time I went which is amazing because last time I felt so lethargic.
I’ve been working on going to the gym five times/week in addition to getting in 10,000 steps a day. (Side note: if you want to know more about my workout routine, let me know below!) So, as I was still a little short on steps, I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. (This may not sound like a big deal, but it kinda is for me lol. I sometimes get anxiety about going out.)
On my walk, I listened to an audiobook called The Mood Elevator by Larry Senn and some of his thoughts are actually clicking with me. I’ve done Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) before and I feel this has some similar concepts in it. It’s written from more of a business perspective which I suspect is why it resonates with me more but, whatever works right?
After my walk, I came home inspired about changing my ways. All of them! Right now! Haha. To be honest, most of these ideas aren’t things I haven’t heard before but they really clicked with me today. Who knows, maybe it’s just an, “inspired in the moment” thing but I quickly made a list on my phone of daily reminders, and my plan is to review them every day. Just a quick reminder early in the day on how to live a slightly better life. I plan on adding more thoughts as they come and to one day have a super list!
Enough rambling – here it is:
- The things I eat directly impact the way I will feel the next day. Don’t eat junk food – it’s not worth it. (Another sidenote: I went to a Registered Dietician a couple months ago and let her know I struggle with Bipolar and I’m trying to lose all the weight gain from meds and her diet has made me feel significantly better. If you have any questions about my diet – let me know!)
- Working out, even for just 15 minutes, will make me feel better and will help me get closer to my fitness goals. I need to stop thinking that if I can’t do my full hour long routine, I should blow off the whole session.
- Read or learn something new every day about mental health and bipolar disorder. It just makes sense to learn about my illness inside and out to manage my symptoms better.
- Make my bed. Every. Single. Day. It’s a small, easy win first thing in the morning that just makes my whole space feel 10x cleaner.
- Speaking of cleaning, stop with the all or nothing thinking! It’s better to do a little cleaning at a time rather than get overwhelmed by the 3 hrs it takes to clean my entire place.
- GO TO BED ON TIME! This one is the absolute hardest one to follow but the most important one because I know when I don’t get enough sleep, my mood is completely off the next day. I’m very irritable, grumpy and more prone to feeling extremely sad for no reason.
- Lastly, I need to learn to show more loving-kindness to myself. I am truly my own harshest critic and I’ve been learning to catch myself mid-thought and redirecting it but it’s still a work in progress.
These are just a few of the thoughts that were touched upon in the book with a few of my own thrown in based on my experiences. I hope some of these resonate with you and perhaps help you get to a little bit of a better place with your illness.
I know this is just a fraction of the many things I should do so if you have any other ideas I can add, please comment below. I would appreciate other people’s perspectives because I know we can all learn from each other.
Thanks so much for reading, I appreciate it!