Alternative Therapies for Bipolar Disorder
Therapy for bipolar disorder has many known benefits, but did you know creative therapies have been proven to help those with mental health problems too? When I was an inpatient in a private hospital, we took part in art, music, and creative writing sessions.
Painting a beautiful picture and writing a poem was creating something that allowed my thoughts and feelings to flow. Listening to music lifted me, but also made me cry, which allowed emotional release. I now write as part of my day-to-day life and I have creative writing to thank for that.
Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
Now that you’ve found some natural remedies for bipolar that tend to the physical aspect of bipolar, there are a few ways that you can also improve your mental health. You can start by:
Doing What You Love
We need to be doing things we enjoy, even though it’s sometimes very hard to think of anything when we are depressed. When I feel better I try to remember what I love and try to keep them up when I feel low.
I enjoy jewelry making and reading books, but other hobbies could be watching your favorite film, going for a walk with lovely scenery, planning things with friends, or doing a yoga class.
Finding a Purpose
Finding a purpose is important. My purpose is being a good daughter, sister, friend, and auntie and using my life experience to write and help others.
Doing things for other people brings an amazing feeling of value. I help an elderly gentleman by visiting him regularly and making him cups of tea. Hearing a “thank you” and seeing the pleasure on his face really makes my day.
Learning New Things
Learning new things stimulates the brain. There are tons of courses available online and in-person for you to try, like learning a new language, doing pottery, or cooking.
I really enjoy reading self-help books and I find learning about self-compassion really helpful to stop beating myself up. I have also learned to give myself permission to stop and rest and not feel guilty.
Connecting and socializing is key. It gives us a chance to share, talk, feel part of life, and hear what other people are doing.
We find comfort and security from others and I love being around trusted friends and family where I am accepted for being me.
Mindfulness is very effective — it’s is about living in the moment and feeling your surroundings to bring your mind into the now. If we ruminate over the past and worry about the future, we are missing living in the moment.
It is about stopping rushing, tasting the sandwich you’re eating, feeling the water as you wash your hands, looking at the flowers in the garden — anything to focus your mind on the now.
There are many things to consider in this article and I know they may seem overwhelming. However, the way I live is being mindful of them all.
If I work on incorporating them into my day-to-day life when I feel able, that is more than enough to help myself feel well.
I hope that this article will help you find ways to cope with your condition while also aiding in the management of it.
While most natural remedies for bipolar are safe, it’s important to discuss with your doctor first before taking any natural supplements or trying certain alternative therapies.