I’m not sure if it’s hypomania or mania, but nonetheless I’m aware of its impending approach. As I lay in bed last night, my mind started to race not letting me to fall asleep easily. I woke-up feeling abnormally refreshed after only a few hours of sleep. Even before my morning coffee, I caught myself chatter boxing.
In conversation, I cut my husband off several times before realizing what I was doing. I’ve been pretty good over the last few years about being “self-aware” of my symptoms. This time is no different. I’ve become really interested in shopping online, craving alcohol, and feeling elated. The symptoms are rolling in! I suppose it’s hard to ignore that mania is vastly approaching.
Thankfully, there are a few things I can do to help manage my symptoms:
- Contact my psychiatrist
- Contact my therapist
- Communicate my feelings and mood changes with my husband
- Keep a journal of each day’s ups & down’s
- Continue taking my medication as prescribed
- Give my husband my credit card so I don’t feel tempted to spend money unnecessarily
- Reach out on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to get more support and useful advice
- Find achievable small projects to keep me busy when I’m feeling overly energetic
- Exercise with music- This helps to refocus, allow my thoughts to safely be free, in a controlled environment. Simple exercise like taking a short walk can really help out a great deal
Having a plan in place is key to help manage manic symptoms. I’ve been stable for 3-consecutive months now. That’s the most I’ve been stable consecutively in the past 4-years! I certainly don’t want manic symptoms to ruin that.
Frankly, as much as I enjoy some aspects of mania (the energy, creativity, feeling free and empowered), I also worry about what I’ve been capable of doing in the past. Much like a lot of others with Bipolar Disorder, I have my horror stories. I’m not proud of what I’ve done in the past during unmedicated manic episodes, that’s one reason why I continue to take my medication as prescribed.
Unfortunately, I’m not oblivious to manic episodes this time of year. Like clockwork, summer time rolls around and I fall prey to a manic episode. I just realize that I’m more prepared for it, have better tools in place, and a plan of action. Hopefully, this episode will be less intrusive.
Keeping my fingers crossed!