Education is a key component in self-care. Read all you can read – learn all you can learn about bipolar disorder. It will serve you well. Education will help you understand your illness. And understanding will help you care for yourself better. It is critical to stick to your treatment plan. That entails attending all your medical and therapy appointments. It includes your psychiatrist, your general practitioner, your therapist, group therapy if you do that, and most importantly, staying on your medication as directed.
A mood diary can be a helpful tool in illustrating your moods. Not only does it help you identify your moods but it can assist your psychiatrist as well. Learn to identify your own triggers and symptoms – everyone is different. Build a support system – that not only includes your doctors and therapists but it should also include key family and friends – people who understand and care about you.
And most importantly, be kind to yourself. Show yourself the compassion you would to others. You deserve it.