If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder, being proactive can make a big difference. Here are some ways to avoid simply reacting to the symptoms of the condition.

  • Learn all you can about bipolar disorder. Encourage your family and friends to learn about it as well—so they're better able to understand what you're going through.
  • Join a support group, online or in your area. There are times when you will need to talk to someone who understands bipolar disorder from their own experience.
  • Stay patient and keep your goals in mind—recovery from bipolar disorder doesn't happen overnight.
  • Find outlets for your energy. Discover ways to channel your energy through hobbies, exercise, and physical activity. Talk to your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
  • Manage your stress. Yoga, tai chi, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can be helpful.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 19 May 2014

Last Modified: 19 May 2014