Bipolar Disorder, Everyday Life, Uncategorized

Maintaining a positive mindset

Although an original piece I wrote, this blog was first published on The Bipolar Writer Blog ( a week or so ago… As I feel very strongly about how a positive mindset can transform a person’s life, I wanted to post it on my personal blog as well.

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I try and live my life in a positive way.  Simply stated.  My goal is maintaining a positive mindset.

I’m the person who sits at a red light and stares at the clock but tells myself that I will get to wear I need to be at the time I need to be there, all the while arriving safely.

If I am in an extensive line at the grocery store, I tell myself that I am being held up for a reason and therefore I shall not fret.  Perhaps I am being protected from harm or danger.

When a rough day rolls into my world, I adjust my mindset and focus on the fact that this day is just temporary, and that tomorrow will be a new day.

As it does ever so often, when I get overwhelmed by my diagnosis and the medication that I take to provide balance, I remind myself that the diagnosis is just a guide that aids the doctors and their treatment and it does not define me, and that the medication, regardless of the side effects, has helped me to regain control of my life, living now with far less torture than I have in the past.

There are days when I get discouraged by my inability to lose weight, and I remind myself that I have gained a tremendous amount of mental and physical stability and therefore I may weigh a few more pounds than I’d prefer, but I am winning because of all that I have gained overall.

On the days that I struggle to accomplish more than just getting to work and sitting and staring at my monitor, I applaud myself for my effort and do not allow judgement or criticism.

But, on the days when I can accomplish leaps and bounds compared to previous days, I applaud myself and soak in the rays of success and give myself credit for how far I have come and all my accomplishments.

And on the days that I just don’t have it in me, I reach out to my family and my friends and I ask for help.  It is then that I am unable to speak myself into a place of positivity and I need to rely on my support network to help lift me up out of my own darkness, and they always, always, pull through for me.

My life is made better daily as I strive to focus on the light of the world.  I feel empowered by the ability to trust in the good of all things.  Although there is darkness and despair, I do all I can to power through it, while trying to make the best of what I have been given.

May your day be blessed, and may it provide you with exactly what you need from it today and tomorrow and everyday that follows.

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