Blowing bubbles and other fun things to do. Having Bipolar disorder, which is a severe mental illness, we focus hard on our recovery’s and basically living one day at a time. We have to because we have no idea what the next day will bring to us. It’s serious and sometimes I forget through all the ups and downs that it’s ok to have fun. Actually it’s extremely necessary to have fun. Something as simple as blowing bubbles, a visit to the park, hula hoops, roller skating, coloring, board games, cards, listening to music and dancing, karaoke night, puzzles. There are hundreds of fun things to do at home or away. I sometimes have difficulties getting out so I keep things on hand that take my mind off of whatever it is that I am dwelling on.

Just a little more fun……You can tell if you have had a manic episode by looking at your credit card bill. Even though you live on your own it may feel like you’re waking up with a stranger. You have so many racing thoughts you should be a NASCAR analyst. You don’t suffer from a sense of superiority–you’re remarkably modest for an Emperor of all humanity. You just realized that people can drink beer for fun, not because they are self-medicating. Every morning you wake up thinking “today is going to be a great day. Just not for me.” Family members have mistaken you for the Incredible Hulk. If someone is described to you as “moody” you think to yourself: amateur. You eat fear for breakfast. You don’t know the meaning of “psychosomatic”, because you can’t concentrate on reading a word that long. Your cat would describe you as the aloof and needy one. You psychiatrist spends so much time balancing your moods she now has a side job as a professional juggler. When you’re down you watch “Americas Most Wanted” and cry out: “Why does nobody want me?” Your depressive spells make you forgetful, which is a shame because if you thought about your manic stages it might cheer you up. You wonder how someone can feel so empty and put on so much weight. When you’re manic nothing can make you angrier than someone suggesting you’re irritable. Manic episodes give you a heightened sex drive, which makes it unfortunate you can’t maintain any relationships. You depressed self probably wouldn’t be so depressed if your manic self didn’t make so many commitments for you to keep. You meet the same person at two different parties and have to convince them that you’re not your pain- in- the- ass twin brother.


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