Tools to Tame the Bipolar Beast

I was diagnosed Bipolar 1 in 2000, but I’ve experienced various symptoms for as long as I can remember. I’ve ridden the roller coaster ride of Bipolar for my whole life. Throughout that time, I’ve built up my arsenal of tools to Tame the Bipolar Beast. With those tools, I have not cured bipolar, but I have been able to keep the highs and lows to a manageable level. I’ve reached a point where I can “live well” with my bipolar. Check out our About page to hear more about my story and the premise behind Taming the Bipolar Beast.

In this first post, I wanted to jump right into sharing a quick summary of the key tools I use every day to Tame the Bipolar Beast.

  1. A strong support network
  2. Sleep hygiene and a consistent sleep schedule
  3. Exercise and getting outside for some sunshine
  4. A (mostly) healthy diet
  5. Mindfulness including guided meditations, yoga, grounding techniques, breathing exercises and self awareness
  6. Self care
  7. Working closely with a doctor to find a medication regimen that works for you including prescriptions and/or supplements
  8. Humor!
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3 thoughts on “Tools to Tame the Bipolar Beast

  1. Thank you Laura,
    I’m with my friend, Eve for a few hours today- lots of ups and downscsince she was released, but hopeful. Still calling psychiatrists to find one for our patient – mage is considering going inpatient mainly because of feeling overwhelmed by her to-do list ( highly responsible, like you, and very smart)
    So it’s very tough.
    Your blog and link to support groups web site was awesome. There is a group 1 hour away


    1. I hope you can find a local psychiatrist and therapist to help. It would be great if she could try out the support group at some point but I know an hour is far! Some psychiatric offices also offer groups as part of their services so that might be another option to look into. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help. I’ll be thinking about you and Eve!


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