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7/28/16 8:56 A

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Larissa, I just emailed you. Hugs!

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7/27/16 4:36 P

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My goal for today was 5,000 steps or go to the gym, and I'm exhausted and feel like crap. So I'm going to count doing laundry as exercise points... I messed myself up this morning and talked myself out of going to the gym first thing.

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7/24/16 6:17 P

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Larissa, I totally get you! I feel like it's excusing too when I say I'm too emotional, too tired, too stressed, etc. I then get down on myself because I'm not accomplishing what I want, which further nicks my self-esteem. What I got from this article was being gentle to ourselves and recognizing that non-bipolar people can submit themselves into progress by talking negatively to themselves in an effort to motivate and it usually works. With bipolar people though, we end up making it worse because that negativity is a further trigger. I know it is definitely for me.

So, too me, this means to honor where I'm at and find a compromise to it. So, if I'm feeling too tired to do my full workout that I wanted to do, can I at least walk to the mailbox or up and down the street once even if it is at a slow pace? It's not my workout but I can at least say I did my activity points for that day. If I'm feeling emotional, honoring this and recognizing this and asking what I need. Do I need to rest because I am stressed? Okay, if I do, rest for a bit but set an alarm with the intention of getting up and fixing myself a healthy snack or to just sit outdoors. So, for me, I'm going to try and find the compromise while honoring where I'm at so that I don't de-motivate myself further.

It's worth a shot :-)

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7/24/16 5:41 P

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My problem is excuses. I have one for everything. Sometimes they are legitimate (today I wanted to go to the gym, I got ready and then got stomach cramps, so I stayed home) and sometimes they are not (I'm too tired, I'm too emotional). My main motivational problem is that I haven't been volunteering. Our car is broken and I get only one thing done a day. Taking the bus everywhere takes everything out of me, and so I don't get a lot done. I haven't volunteered for almost a month since I have been too tired (there go those excuses again!) after running around on the bus all day. I'm also afraid of calling my boss after 1 or 2 pm since it's getting near the end of the day (excuse!). It's worked out that I have 1 day a week off, and that day I spend sleeping (excuse!). I would love some ideas to help me out, or tell me that it's the same for you. *hugs* and thanks!

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7/24/16 3:07 P

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Hi Everyone,

Here is this week's article as food for thought this week. What do you think? How do you motivate yourself?

www.psychologytoday.com/blog
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rol/201403/gentle-touch-emot
ions-a
nd-motivation-in-bipolar-disorder


Here's something from the article I liked: "If your moods arenít yet well regulated, be gentle. Donít try to turn up the volume on the negative emotions to force yourself to get going. Try to soften the emotion and get help making a new plan for getting back on track."

Edited by: JUSTPEACHYGA at: 7/24/2016 (15:18)
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