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Keeping Myself Motivated

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

I just read a spark article on improving my self-discipline, which is something I struggle with. One of the reasons I struggle is the fact that I'm bi-polar. When I have "episodes", my motivation disappears and I'm left having to restart. I need to find a way to NOT have that happen.

So, in reading the article, I need to start thinking about ways to NOT lose my motivation during those moments. So, here I'm going to try to set goals for when I hit those "episodes".

1) Be clear:
a) Identify that mood and the level it is: is it s depressed state, manic state, or a mixed state
b) If a depressed state, what can I do to keep myself from isolating myself and keep myself "active"?
c) If a manic state, what can I do to harness the energy into focused workouts and nutritional balance
d) If mixed state, identify which mood is strongest and focus on either b or c

2) Define the Reasons:
a) What is the cause of the change in mood? By answering this question, I'll be able to understand what my course of action will be.
b) Is it an outside force? If it is an outside cause, then it is time to evaluate what and why of the outside cause. Is the cause worth the change in the mood. Journal it out, and if it is a petty reason, then the need to work it out (physically) is needed. Self-pity for anything inconsequential is not needed. If it is something that is truly heart hurtful does require some tears, but then putting myself on a trail for a hike or on a treadmill, or even in the pool, might help alleviate the pain.
c) Is it a internal chemical shift? A chemical shift may require more help, as it is a deeper issue that I have no control over. The same actions as the outside force "may" help, but they may be harder to accomplish. I may need to incorporate DBT skills to get them going first, but it is not impossible to accomplish, as I may find it may help lift me up.
d) Is it the medication? If it is the medication, it may place me in c, rather than b. Again, this may be the most dangerous of them. It is not impossible, but it can be done.

3) Keep it Simple:
a) Don't try to do full workouts: Keeping the workouts to just cardio at first may help lift the mood. Once the mood is lifted, I may feel like adding cardio, but at first, the need to focus on just one move is enough.
b) Don't overdo it: Because mania is a part of this list, it is important NOT to try to accomplish it all in one workout session. So, it is best to only focus on one item at a time is of the greatest importance. Don't look at the gym as an entire workout.

There you have it. My way of keeping myself motivated when my bipolar acts up. Simple and doable.
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