The Importance of Mental Self-Care
In this modern world of technologies, living with a mental health disorder, particularly bipolar disorder for me, can put a strain on our attempts to run a business while balancing self-care. In the race to beat everyone else and under the ongoing pressure of appearing successful, rich, and happy on social media, we have forgotten the luxury of simple ‘me time’. While juggling a business, school, parenting, financial responsibilities, and social lives, it can also be easy to gather stuff in the brain that doesn’t need to be there, taking up extra energy and leaving you mentally drained and exhausted. Even as the rocket continues to fly high at a constant speed it gets burned out, similarly does our mind.
Individuals suffering from depression and mental health issues are a major concern for both parents and society. Even with various online and in-person counseling services, medication, and talks on parenting and practices for mental peace, the number of affected persons is peaking day by day. With that being said, it’s extremely important that we learn to take time for ourselves and find those coping mechanisms that will help us through it one step at a time.
Bipolar Disorder- A Misunderstood Condition
With the increasing incidence of bipolar disorder, one should not confuse normal mood swings with bipolar disorder. There is a difference between these two. Bipolar disorder is characterized by psychiatric symptoms like hallucinations, false thoughts, illusions, anger issues, restlessness, confusion, and disturbed sleep.
Bipolar Disorder, commonly referred to as manic depression, is comprised of two phases. In the Manic phase, we will experience euphoria and often appear over-energetic. This is when we are possessed by unknowing and unwavering happiness with spurts of irritability. This is known to be the high state.
With all things, what goes up, must come down. The euphoric phase is followed by a depressive episode where we often feel low. This causes a loss of interest in daily activities and the inability to cope with the…