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Alleviating Boredom

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I have to keep my life kinda low-key to help prevent the mood-swings that come with my bipolar disorder. Keeping stress away is challenging, but I've become quite good at it. I have to consider the stress factor whenever I start anything new in my schedule.

I've been contemplating what I should do differently with my time, since I'm feeling some periods of boredom. I feel like so much time and energy is focused on food and exercise. I work 9 hours a week and spend one morning a week with my daughter and her kids. I go to church on Sunday mornings and I spend an hour journaling every day. Maybe a half hour Sparking each day, too. 5-7 hours of exercise a week as well. I read for 3 hours a day on average. I love to read.

I'd been considering signing up for a clay studio class. I used to throw on the wheel, and would like to do that again. My only problem is I end up with lots of pots, cups, and plates with few people to give them to. Where do you store such things?

OR I love learning and my husband often encourages me to take classes at the local U. I've done classes recently and discovered that 2 classes at a time works for me. When I did 3 classes plus a lab, I was overtaxed. Problem is, I don't have any goal to shoot for in taking classes. (no ideas on a degree or second career...I'm a career Mom...what should I do NOW?)

I also have the beginnings of a book about my struggles with bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder). Bipolar tends to run in families and I want to have an account available for future family members who may need some encouragement and insight into the disorder. I want to give them hope.

Life is too short to be spending so much of my mental energy on food and my body. I will always have weight as a concern, I'm finding out that maintaining takes as much striving as weight loss does. But I don't just want to finish my life with the legacy of a healthy body. Isn't life more than the body?

I kinda am leaning toward the option of writing for a while. Now I just need to figure out how much time I want to devote to writing each day. I believe this will give me focus and keep my interest a while each day...enough to help with my boredom.

Thank you for listening to me while I sort this all out. Writing helps me think. And in writing this down I can see that writing about my bipolar experiences might be an important thing for me to do.
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  • POPSY190
    Sounds good - useful for both you and your family to do the writing.
    1426 days ago
    It sounds like you were able to sort through your thoughts while writing seems like a great fit for you! emoticon
    1427 days ago
    I think you've got it figured out! It can be hard to find balance in our lives... emoticon
    1427 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Writing sounds like a great plan for you. Try it out and see if it is helpful.

    I need MORE time, always struggling to get everything to fit in, even with planning.
    Having time to fill is definitely a blessing-- at least to me it would be.

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    1427 days ago
    Wow the idea of taking classes is a great way to fill your time plus learn something! I also like the idea of going back to work with clay. There are so many things you could make and if you can't use it donate it to a Thrift Store. Somebody will treasure it and give it a good home! As far as the degree just take your first 2 classes while you think about the wide open field you can explore! Have fun and the choices are yours! Lucinda
    1427 days ago
    Writing sounds like a great thing, because sometimes even if we're writing for others we learn something for ourselves in it.
    1427 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    When I don't exercise I am more prone to depression and anxiety. Time well spent in my book!
    1427 days ago
    I like to have more than one thing going on at a time so I don't get bored and in a rut by doing just one single thing. So I recently completed a completely hand sewn applique quilt. I have a blog on it somewhere. It kept me busy for hours on end, and I would go from reading to the quilt to exercise, etc.

    I like to write also, but find I haven't been doing it as much lately as for the past two years I've taken up Genealogy. You might try that. It's always good to know your family background. Just go to to see what you think.
    1427 days ago
    Keep writing!!!!
    1427 days ago
    Sounds like you have got a great plan! I have started crocheting again and it seems to help me to keep focused and keep from getting board and over eating.

    Like HDHAWK said, do what interesting to you right now. It's good to have options!
    1427 days ago
    I say do what you're most interested in right now. You have several options you can go to later if you want to. I get so stressed by work sometimes, but I need to get back to scrapbooking because I enjoy it so much. I don't have any hobbies I'm doing right now. Let us know how it goes!
    1427 days ago
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