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9/22/16 12:47 P

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Hi! I'm new here...again lol. I used to have a great routine. Not sure what happened. Now I'm struggling to get back into a routine. So far, my alarm goes off at 7, I get up about 7:30, make my bed, read my Bible, brush my teeth and get dressed. Then I drive my oldest ds to work. On Tues and Thurs, my dd and I attend a kuk sool won class. Then I have nothing much to do until I pick up my son at 1. We are reading and listening to Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Then I take my ods to his second job. He either works from 2-6 or 7, or 4 or 5-9 or 10. During that time either my dd and I go to kuk sool won, or my younger two and I do filming for a puppet show. When I get home, I read a chapter in a non-fiction book (funny enough right now I'm reading The Power of Habit), drink a cup of tea, and then go to bed. We are taking our scheduled break from homeschooling until Nov. 1. At that point, those big blocks of time will be filled.

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8/9/16 1:48 A

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Great posts. Very helpful. I am first trying to get up in the morning as my sleep is so disrupted despite taking sleeping medication

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8/8/16 9:45 P

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JustpeachyGa, I think you have a great routing and you're very smart for sticking to it.

I take care of my 83 yr old mother who has dementia, so I don't have complete control over my schedule or routine. But at night when she goes to bed, I have some time by myself. I spend about an hour on Sparkpeople, then exercise, sometimes I shower at night, and lastly I pray and read my Bible. I use Our Daily Bread devotional and read the scripture in several different versions and journal. Then I turn on my harp music and off to beddy bye. Since I cut out Mt Dew and other junk food and starting moving more, I rarely use sleep meds anymore.

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV)


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8/8/16 5:37 P

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Larissa238, I totally just discovered the night shade feature on the Kindle a month ago. I LOVE it. It definitely helps me get sleepy.

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8/8/16 5:34 P

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I don't have a set routine.... Lately it's been constant doctor's visits and errands on the bus that take all the daytime away. I've been especially busy since Geo has been gone so I don't end up like I did yesterday- sleeping all day in self pity, in pain from lack of movement, and stuff like that. I didn't even cook or go to the store. Just heated up some leftovers.Tonight I'm going to cook, shower, read some and get ready for bed. There's this app for phones and tablets (I have it on my Kindle) called Blue Light Filter that takes out the blue light that we associate with daylight. It makes the screen yellow or reddish, but I find it's calming at night.

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8/8/16 4:37 P

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My whole adult life I've lived on routine and schedules and was always made fun of because of this. Even my husband would think it was crazy. I started laxing on it a bit over the past few years. I don't feel normal without a routine. So, recently, I went back to researching and trying to get to know my illness better as well as things proven to work. Time and time again the research shows that routines are imperative for a bipolar person. Aha! Now, I know why I felt better with it. So, I relayed this to my husband so that he can get off my case on it and instead understand. So, yesterday in fact I started a routine plan. I'm sure it will change and it already shifted this morning but I guess having the plan is helpful.

I write my plan in a sketchbook (unlined paper book; not journal with lined paper). One the left side I have my "Ideal "To Do"' list for personal, home, work, and volunteer work. On the right side is my pre-planned activity blocks (when to exercise, when to clean, when to work, when to do volunteer work, when to cook dinner, when to do my Tagalog lesson, when to nurture myself, etc.). My activity blocks can change and be re-arranged on the day of (which I had to do this morning) but at least I start the day with an idea.

My latest incorporation of a solid nighttime routine was last night. It really did help me relax and get to sleep on time even though I woke 5.5 hours later in a manic mode. I started at 9 PM to make my nighttime "sleepytime" tea. When it was ready to drink, I brought my book over, took my meds, and then slowly drank my tea. After I drank my tea, I moved into my writing room, put on some Native American meditation music and wrote in my journal to essentially brain dump. After I brain dumped, I moved into the dimly lit room, sprayed some lavender herbal essence fragrance all over my rocking chair, put on my white noise machine, got dressed in my nightgown, filled up the water tank for my CPAP machine, sat in the rocking chair, placed my book light on my book and read. I then read until I felt drowsy. I put everything away and slipped into bed and then into a peaceful slumber.

On Wednesday I should be receiving my fragrance warmers so I'll be starting that up 2-3 hours before the ideal time to be in the room so that it is circulating all through the room instead of just on my rocking chair.

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www.everydayhealth.com/hs/living-wel
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8/8/16 8:04 A

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Hi everybody,

Last week we explored getting to know yourself and your illness. Having a routine is extremely important if you are Bipolar. What is your routine everyday? What do you do to keep up your activities of daily living when you are sick? How do you stick with a routine and make it work for you?

I keep a very detailed diary which helps me stay on track by plotting my behaviors daily. I use my diary to help create my routine day by day. Since each day is different, my routine changes with my illness. For the most part, I get up, make coffee, open up my computer and start on my Sparkpeople stuff. I obviously brush my teeth morning and night. I cook dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 every night and after dinner I do the dishes, then take a shower and get ready for bed. I do not have a permanent time for getting up every morning. It is usually somewhere between 3:00 and 4:00 am. Lunch time can be anywhere from 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. That all depends on when my grandson gets up in the morning, as to when I am going to get to lunch and a brief nap in the afternoon. I have to work my day around babysitting my autistic Grandson, so everything is subject to change any day of the week. As soon as he gets up I am off the computer and fixing him his breakfast. Because I never know when he is going to wake up my day doesn't really start until he does. The breakfast time frame determines the rest of the day's schedule. We go to bed no later than 8:00 pm. I put Micah down at 8:00 and I lay with him until he is asleep well, before I get out of bed and wait for my daughter to get home with my computer open again until it's time for me to sleep. I have jumped around a bit, but that is my routine in a nutshell. Every day it is the same order and time frames are decided by my Grandson and when he gets up in the mornings. I occupy my daytime hours with housework, exercising, and reading. I have to be good to go every day because of Micah. I can't have a bad day and just stay in bed. I have to stick to my basic routine everyday or I will get lost in myself and start to drift off further into my disease. That is where I stand everyday. Thanks to my diary I can monitor myself and my moods and readjust my day to be productive for everyone.


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