For most people, a bit of change is welcome. It’s revitalizing. However, for someone with bipolar disorder, it can stop one in one’s tracks. It can immobilize you. You can be doing fine for 1 or even 2 hours preparing for a houseful of company, family actually. Then the mood change triggers, in this case 2 of them being change and overstimulation, immobilizes you. Then the fear of not being prepared on time triggers a deeper mood change. Depression starts to eat away at the edges of your day and so the cycle snowballs.
I haven’t figured out how to help myself through this one yet. The best I can do is to let it happen and not fight it. I give in and distract myself with something else I can do. If I can’t do anything then I’ll check email or do a puzzle. You get the idea. I give myself some breathing room.
Our family is coming whether I’m ready or not. I’ll know I gave it my very best. It’s all I can do.
Whatever your situation, give it your best. Then your opinion is the only one that counts. That relieves a lot of pressure.