Is this the kind of image you have see you think of ‘boot camp’?
The ‘free dictionary’ defines boot camp as:
1.A training camp for military recruits.
2. A correctional facility that uses the training techniques applied to military recruits to teach usually youthful offenders socially acceptable patterns of behavior.
More recently the term ‘boot camp’ is used by exercise gurus to indicate that you will work hard, make some changes and get some results! It is drastic, effective and necessary!
Why ‘Bipolar Boot Camp’?
Because I am bipolar and I have just finished a boot camp of sorts and I am kind of inspired and would like to share some of the valuable information I gathered.
They gave a much less threatening name to my group. They called it ‘Life Goals.”
The Depression Getaway Bipolar Bootcamp will give you tools that will be useful, effective and necessary for you to live a full life, with bipolar.
I will be posting every Wednesday from now on. If you are on the ‘subscribe’ list, it will come to your email on Thursday.
You only need one really important thing before we start and that is a ‘treasure map’, that’s right, a TREASURE MAP!
Your bipolar treasure map will not look like this:
It will look more like this:
You can download a copy of this link,and get started.
Why chart your moods? I am so glad you asked!
“The mood diary can help you and your doctor monitor your illness. By gathering information about your mood, events in your life, sleep patterns and medications you are taking, you may notice patterns that would otherwise remain undetected. Taking your mood diary to your doctor will help him or her monitor your illness and treatment. If you find it difficult to complete the diary, a relative, partner or close friend may be able to help.”
Mood charting will be the most important thing you do throughout this bipolar boot camp. We will refer to it over and over again. It is the most important piece of equipment in the arsenal of great stuff we are going to talk about.
Consider the mood chart like a bipolar bookkeeper. An accountant doesn’t want descriptive words to see how a business is doing, it wants concrete numbers and charts. Same with monitoring bipolar. A chart will show more information than you can when you attempt to answer the question: ‘So, how have you been feeling lately?’
Just hand over that mood chart and your doctor can see all sorts of things that are worth knowing.
So, are you with me or not? This boot camp is not all absorbing or exhausting. Just once a week, on Wednesdays. ‘bipolar recipe club’. There, is that a little less threatening?
Bipolar is tough – I know that too well.
It can take over your life, it can even ruin your life. But it doesn’t have to. There are so many tools that can make a big difference.
I would like to share some of those tools with you for the next few Wednesdays.
I am so glad you dropped by today!
Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…
…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.
Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!