Bipolar disorder - Self care
Self care and management
You can learn to manage your symptoms by looking after your self care. Self care is how you take care of your diet, exercise, daily routine, relationships and how you are feeling.
The healthcare professional who is working with your should give you advice about exercising and diet. If you feel you are becoming manic it can help to keep regular sleeping patterns and avoid things like caffeine or stressful situations.
Learning to spot early signs of a mania or depression is important in self-management. It can take a while to learn how to spot these changes but there guides that can with this. You can ask your healthcare professional to make one with you or ask them for a template of one.
Rethink Mental Illness has created “Staying Well With Bipolar”. This is a guide based on information from people who have bipolar disorder or support someone with it.
Some local NHS Primary Care Trusts may fund some types of self management course. These are courses for people who have long term health conditions. These are not available everywhere, but you can visit http://selfmanagementuk.org or call 03333 445 840 to find out what is available in your area.
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