Bipolar Cheat Sheet – Tips to Muffle the Mania

By remaining vigilant and reacting quickly to warning signs of an impending mood episode, you many be able to short-circuit mania. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Mark seasons, events, or periods of time that you find particularly stressful and consult you doctor and therapist for strategies to reduce and cope with stress
  • Sleep more and party less until your mood stabilizes
  • Channel your energy into productive, physical labor
  • Avoid all the wrong people – people who are stressful or wind you up
  • Phone a friend – a calm friend
  • Tune into some relaxing sounds to calm yourself down
  • Breathe deeply, stretch and focus without thinking too much about the future.
  • Call in sick when work stresses you out
  • Check with your therapist for advice
  • Get your meds checked by your doctor.

Bipolar Disorder for Dummies (a great book!)