Healthy lifestyle and bipolar disorder improvement are closely related. Many people with bipolar disorder may benefit from establishing a daily routine for sleep, diet and exercise. Consistent habits for diet, sleep, and exercise can help you better control your mood swings and avoid unhealthy behaviors that can make a bipolar episode more likely. For many people, keeping to a consistent routine enables more control over mood management.
Healthy lifestyle and bipolar disorder
For many people, making lifestyle changes can help alleviate your bipolar disorder.
- Alcohol and drugs. Bipolar disorder can be aggravated by risk-taking behavior and drug or alcohol abuse. Dr. Franco can help you get your alcohol or substance abuse habits under control. Getting to a healthier relationship with drugs or alcohol will help you better manage your bipolar disorder.
- Building healthier relationships. Dr. Franco can help you identify and build positive, healthy relationships. Improving your relationships can help you manage your bipolar disorder.
- Getting regular physical activity and exercise. Physical activity and exercise can help keep your mood on an even keel. Physical activity releases brain chemicals (endorphins) that have a whole range of benefits, including improving your mood and helping you sleep.
- Getting plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep is an important part of managing your mood.
Psychoeducation and support
Learn about bipolar disorder. Psychoeducation about bipolar disorder empowers you to understand – and can help you better adhere to your treatment plan. Psychoeducation can help educate your family and friends about what you’re going through.
Stay focused on your goals. Recovery from bipolar disorder can take time. You can maintain motivation by focusing on your recovery goals.
Join a support group. Support groups for people with bipolar disorder can help you connect to others facing similar challenges and share experiences.
Find healthy outlets. Explore healthy ways to channel your energy, such as hobbies, exercise and recreational activities.
Learn ways to relax and manage stress. Yoga, tai chi, massage, breathing techniques, meditation, acupuncture, or other relaxation techniques can be helpful.
Get the help that you need
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