Bipolar disorder patients get various prescriptions of supplements and medication to control the symptoms from their physicists. However, some medications have a side effect, which may cause other problem for the patient. That is the why healthy lifestyle is often advised among people with bipolar diseases. A healthy lifestyle will not only improve the quality of their lives, but also improve their health. If one of your family members suffers from bipolar disorder, see a psychotherapist nearest you to know how to take care of them. There is much information that a psychotherapist can offer you, from treatments, stress management tips in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Getting Enough Exercise
The amount of physical activity that you do daily also affects the quality of your life. If you are active then you would feel much better, but if you live a sedentary lifestyle you will feel stressed or/and has a bad mood. Exercise should be a part of a bipolar disease patient to help them lower the anxiety level, as well as keep the body healthy.
Making Healthy Food Choices
Some food should be avoided by bipolar patient as it has a side effect that will worsen the condition. There is no such a thing as a “bipolar diet”, but most dietitians suggest eating natural food and never eat processed food. A well-balanced-diet can help the brain’s function, as well as, help them manage mood swings. Salty foods, red meat and foods with high saturated fats, fermented cheese and caffeinated beverages are not recommended for bipolar disease patients.
Not having enough sleep is already a problem for a healthy individual, what more if the person suffers from bipolar disease. It can cause unnecessary stress in the person’s life, as well as making it harder for the person to concentrate and focus throughout the day. There are some medicines available that could help a patient sleep.
More Healthy Lifestyle Tips
Some of the tips to manage bipolar disorder are:
Taking the correct prescribed medicine on schedule
Take supplements recommended by doctors
Get help from an expert, if you had substance abuse before
try to relax every now and then
Don’t skip meals
Have a family or a friend to accompany you in group therapy