By the way - I value your friendship and support. It is so meaningful to have others who understand while I am going through this. I am sorry to hear that you also have been struggling with mixed moods a lot. I hope this is improving since you last wrote me. I actually just read about mixed episodes recently and I am aware that I too go through that. I found an awesome book that I have been using a little here and there, it's a Dialectal Behavior Therapy workbook for Bi Polar. This method has also been helpful for depression. I can let you know how I like it as I continue to read/work in it.
You wrote about how the weather affects you a lot. It is great that you have that awareness! My depression/mania is totally seasonal.... and as I am becoming more aware of that it's helping me to anticipate how my energy or mood level might be that day. If you need support through this please write me any time. I would always be willing to support you or offer advice if needed.
I read something recently that really stuck in my mind, basically that it's okay to "take a day off" from the mental processing/emotional healing that we are going through. It can be draining on a person and I think it's fine to let oneself just "be" some days, instead of feeling the need to resolve all of ones issues. Easier said than done though, I know. But I hope that kind of resonates with you too.
Anyway take care honey and please write me any time. :) 1521 days ago
Hi Krissy! Thanks for writing. I apologize for taking so long to write back. I have had a busy week and thankfully I haven't been overly occupied with the computer. :) Sparkpeople helps keep me on track though so I'm trying to check in at least once a day. We have been planting flowers here, and doing some Spring cleaning. I'm feeling more stable as of now. My meds are levelling me out - such a relief! I was swinging back and forth a lot for the past couple of months. I do get seasonal depression. It probably also has a lot to do with quitting smoking and nicotine withdrawal... plus I used to smoke to "pass time" in a way, so now I don't have that distraction and that leaves me more time with my thoughts. I am giving myself so much credit for quitting though, it was possibly the hardest thing I have ever done! I hope you are tackling the habit too and feeling really successful about it! It still feels hard, but it's one day at a time.
I hope you and your family are doing well! Please write back when you have time. :) Take care love! 1521 days ago
Thank you so much for your encouragement on my page! And congratulations on all of your success on your journey to better health and well-being! I added you as a sparkfriend! 1532 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my page. I love decorating my page for different holidays and occasions. I just do a google search for whatever images I'm looking for and then add them to my photo page. Good luck! 1541 days ago