It’s all about BALANCE

Bipolar is a balancing act requiring certain medications to alleviate those dramatic swings in mood. I cannot stress how important it is to remain on those medications that have been prescribed for you. I hear so often, that people stop taking there medication, then life turns itself upside down and it can take a long time to balance back out to any form of normality.

A healthy lifestyle which includes eating well, sleeping well is required to remain balanced and have a clear mind. Alcohol can play havoc and is a bad idea mixed with all the different forms of medication that is taken.

Eat well, sleep well… well!!

What is Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is associated with extreme episodes of mood swings ranging from deep periods of debilitating depression to swing the other way to massive or manic highs.

In the most basic of layman terms, bipolar disorder is described as a chemical imbalance of the brain. Certain chemicals which control the brain appear to be lacking in those with the disorder. A couple are serotonin and dopamine, which are the feel good chemicals.

If not controlled by medication, ongoing therapy and a health lifestyle, it can run rampent to the everyday life of the individual affecting themselves, family members, friends and colleagues.

You need to have a positive mindframe and the will to lead a normal life as much as possible. Yes, you will have episodes that can be severe and heartwrenching, but by acknowledging that you have this illness – this is the most important thing.

A little bit of information about myself

I am in my early 50’s and am originally from Sydney, Australia but now reside on the stunning southern end of the Gold Coast, Queensland.

I work in a Resort in a customer service focused roll and love every minute of my job. YES I am able to maintain work whilst managing my Bipolar disorder.

I work 4 days a week and lucky enough to have 3 consecutive days off so I have a wonderful work life Balance.

I live on the beachfront near Coolangatta and have stunning water views all the way to Surfers Paradise. I am indeed a very lucky lady.

The laid back cultural lifestyle of the Gold Coast is amazing. Surrounded by surf, sun, sand, the gorgeous Gold Coast hinterland with its numerous walks and waterfalls makes life feel like a permanent holiday.

I am single, live alone….and love it.

I enjoy going for day trips with my mum in toe, exploring the Scenic Rim west of the hinterland and also the Tweed Coast.

This is my first step into the world of blogging….I rather call this “My Life’s Journal”. No matter who reads this, even if none at all, it is a therapeutic experience for myself.

My Journey with Bipolar

“the moon affects the mind as the mind affects the body and it all needs to remain in balance”

Bipolar is an important topic to me as I have travelled the highs and lows of this particular form of mental illness for 26 years.

This blog is intended as a light hearted journal documenting my journey from the past to the present and hopefully some of you out there may gain some inspiration and come to the realisation that it can be a positive and rewarding experience, once you have acquired the necessary skills to manage the illness.

You may also have the illness or perhaps a family member, close friend or colleague that you can assist them in leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

I hope you enjoy my story.

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