Bipolar Disorder: Yoga

Today, I had a heart-to-heart conversation with my husband. It was about me taking better control of my mind and body.

Recently, I came out of mania. In my mania, I attempted to lose weight by not eating and rigorous exercise. Not healthy! The discussion lead to my lack of control for (again) my body and mind. My husband conveyed to me the importance of eating foods to fuel my mind, including the proper balance of nourishing my  mind and body desperately needs.

He’s often a wealth of information,so I listened to him quite intently. You see, I grew-up learning that quick meals and fast food was the way to eat. My mother NEVER cooked for me as a kid. What she did offer me was an easy way to satiate my hunger by terrible food choices like: Burgers, frozen pizza, ice cream, candy…you get the idea!

My husband grew-up in the opposite way. His parents instilled nutrition, organic foods, and food values. So to get a lecture from him about my terrible eating habits is sometimes daunting but necessary!

With having bipolar disorder I not only battle my food choices each day but battle my medication side effects, ever-changing moods, and a history of poor eating habits.

My husband turned me on to the benefits of yoga. He explained to me how meditation, controlled breathing, and listening to my brain vs. my stomach was nothing but a win for me. It’s a positive way he says to find clarity, find focus during mania, help manage depression, and a simple way to get a hold of my anxiety.

Now, I’ve heard about yoga for years but just wasn’t into it. I also knew very little about it. Until today that is. I decided to jump online to do some research. I found all he mentioned to be spot on accurate, and found that frequent yoga exercise also helps you not only lose weight but helps you tone your body and mind! I also spoke via twitter to some friends, and was taken by how many with bipolar disorder use/benefit from yoga.

My husband was right, it’s a win all around! How could I miss out on such a wonderful experience! Now, I’m not looking at it in a way of losing weight (it’s just an added benefit) but a way to find a healthier balance to assist myself in managing my moods. Meditation is a healthy way to overcome all the stresses of life  and bipolar disorder side effects (as I call them).

I am so appreciative for my husband and his words of wisdom! I’m excited to get started! I have ordered a couple of books and a video to assist me in a proper start.

To gain a benefit like yoga is a godsend. I’m always looking to try positive and beneficial tools to help me better control my bipolar disorder moods swings, anxiety, depression, etc. The added bonus is that my husband is willing to take part with me! He wants to keep me encouraged and offer his support!

I will keep you all abreast as to my results, how I’m doing, and managing my new venture!

 

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Living with type 1 bipolar disorder, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), Rapid Cycling, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Writing about my life experiences.

4 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder: Yoga

  • August 31, 2015 at 6:28 am
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    Hello Elena, Thanks for visiting my blog! I empathize with your struggles to learn to live a full life within the constraints of your condition. My ex was bipolar but improperly diagnosed and mis-medicated – all compounded by other life issues. I wish you all the best!

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    • thebipolarmaniac
      September 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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      My apologies, Elena has not written for this site in quite some time. The article you read was written by myself (The Bipolar Maniac). Elena has her own blog site now.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    I recently started yoga and meditation myself. I love it, and each time I participate, I give myself accolades for keeping my mind as still as possible. For the last 23 years, I ran from anything that would still my mind for fear I would break. I haven’t and there are days my mind is stiller than others, but the fact that I can focus for an hour is a gift! Good luck! I hope you love it as much as I do. Battling bipolar, PTSD, anxiety and depression has made yoga for me a necessity!

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