*Use your support system. Let your supporters know how you are feeling. Talk with them as long as you need to, expressing all the emotions that come up.
*Stay at home or in familiar surroundings. Steer clear of stimulating environments such as bars or dances.
*Reduce stress in your environment. Keep away from stressful people.
*Make a list of things to do for the day and stick to it.
*Regulate your activities to avoid overstimulation.Restrict yourself to activities that are quiet and soothing, such as a long, slow walk; a long warm bath; a relaxing swim; listening to quiet music or reading a soothing book.
*Keep a list of things you can do to use up excess energy, such as weeding the garden, cleaning out closets:but make sure these activities are not overstimulating.
*Practice relaxation techniques several times during the day
*Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Eat regular meals. Don't eat too much of any one thing.
*Do not make any major decisions until you feel calmer.
*Do not commit yourself to extra activities outside your usual routine unless they're things you've chosen to burn up excessive energy.
*Avoid spending money. Give your money and credit cards to a trusted person.
*Regularly stop what you are doing to refocus on the job at hand. Don't allow your thoughts to ramble or become obsessive.
*If all your relaxation techniques are not working to put you to sleep, get help from your doctor right away. Loss of sleep exacerbates mania.
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*Use cognitive therapy techniques to get you out of negative thought patterns (read self help books)
*Plan your day with some activities you have to do and some activities you enjoy. Rate your expectations of these activities, and then reassess how you felt after their completion.
*Break down difficult tasks into smaller iincrements.
*Give yourself credit for even the smallest things you get done.
*Remember that depression passes. Focus on living one day at a time.
*Get emotional support from a family member, friend or mental health professional. Get involved in a fun activity with someone you enjoy. Cuddle with your mate. Spend some time with your pet.
*Talk to an understanding, non-judgemental person for as long as you need to talk. It needs to be OK to talk about anything and to be emotional.
*Listen to or help someone else
*Use whatever spiritual resources you are comfortable calling on.
*Get some exercises-whatever you can muster: walk, run, bike, swim, etc.
*Get out in the sunlight as much as possible. If you must be inside, sit or work near a window.
*Eliminate sugar, caffeine and junk food from your diet. Eat three healthy meals a day.
*Buy yourself something you have been wanting, and wouls enjoy
*Read a funny or light book or watch a funny video. Listen to music that you enjoy.
*Get dressed; putting on something that makes you feel good.
*Take a long, hot bath
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