For many the arrival of summers may mean holidays, vacationing, family trips and shopping sprees but for Bipolar patients, summer is not just about these things as for their condition the arrival of summer means triggered manic episodes.
It’s a proven fact that summer sunshine acts as a notorious trigger for bipolar mania episode.
Summer mania occurs at a specific time of the year in patients who experience depression during fall and winter seasons. However, people often confuse bipolar summer mania with a seasonal affective disorder, which they shouldn’t!
Both are different.
If you get depressed due to seasonal affective disorder during the summer, you might have to talk to your physician about proper therapy and medication. In contrast for bipolar summer mania treatment, there is no specific treatment available beyond the regular treatment of mania itself.
Do you know the difference? Let’s discuss some of the most common triggers for a manic episode.
Common Mania Triggers
Except for few the triggers for summer mania are same as those for a regular bipolar mania episode.
Potential mania triggers include:
Lack of sleep
Changing in sleep pattern
Any chronic illness
Poor diet and exercise habits
Changes in routine
Change of seasons
Other than these, summer mania triggers include:
Exposure to sunlight
Summer activities including swimming, playing your favorite sports or planning a family vacation
Summer break from school
Traveling to a new time zone
There may be other triggers too! But here I only mentioned the most important ones. You know you can prevent summer mania by adopting these simple strategies.
Preventing Bipolar Mania Episode
1: Sleep properly
Sleep at least 8 hours a day and follow a proper sleep routine. Please keep it in mind that staying awake for too long may disrupt your routine and destabilize your mood.
2: Steer clear from alcohol
You are requested to please stay away from alcohol. I know there are some summer drinks that you can’t resist. However, the liquor they contain may interact with your bipolar medication and can make your mood unstable.
Looking for a healthy drink option?
Try seasonal juices, fruit cocktails & milkshakes
3: Stay healthy
There are two ways to stay healthy:
*Warm weather brings a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, don’t miss the opportunity to have them on your plate.
Exercising on a regular basis
*Exercising on a regular basis release “feel good” hormones endorphins that help you control your mood swings
4: Don’t go beyond your limits
Please keep in mind that whatever you do during this time of the year do it in moderation. If you think that you won’t be able to work on mega projects, take small projects instead to avoid undue stress.
5: Take some time to relax
With all the hectic routine don’t forget to relax! Take some time for yourself, watch your favorite TV show, read a book, go out with your loved ones, or go on a small vacation.
With summer in full swing, and your manic episodes on the rise , you have a lot to take care of. However, there’s nothing that can stop you from enjoying the sunshine. Take charge and bid farewell to Bipolar symptoms that may bring you down this summer. Write a journal and keep track of your triggers, create your own schedule, and don’t let Bipolar hinder the fun!
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