For years I have lamented on my short attention span. It can make life very frustrating. I have problems finishing things . . . ok, it’s more than a problem. And, I tend to lay stuff down while my thoughts are elsewhere and then I can’t find what I did with said stuff.
This morning I woke up feeling so very motivated. I managed to give Daisy Doodle a bath (long overdue), pop in the refills for the Airwick warmers, cook dinner and start a load of laundry.
Then, the short attention span kicked in. It started with thinking about changing the layout of my blog . . . which morphed into reading an article about apps that help organize your life . . . which morphed into knowing that I really needed to do today’s post.
As I cursed the ADHD, I realized that maybe it and my bipolar could somehow be related. And guess what? It very well could be.
ADHD and bipolar tend to share a lot of symptoms. It’s the reason why a lot of people are not properly diagnosed as bipolar for quite some time. And, up to 70% of people who are bipolar (diagnosed) are also diagnosed with ADHD. That’s pretty intimidating.
When I first got the right diagnosis for bipolar, I was put on medication and sent to see a therapist. I was clinically depressed. I thought that the therapist would teach me how to navigate through life on a day-to-day basis with bipolar. Kind of like a how-to class on what to do every day. Guess what? Therapy isn’t always like that. At then end of my sessions with the therapist, I walked away feeling ok overall, but also feeling like I had no plan for what to do.
To be honest, I think that a lot now. It just seems like there should be a book. A “do this, do that, then do that” guide for each day.
The closest I could come was some fairly general instructions:
- Take your medications. . . all the time!
- Go to therapy or a support group.
- Keep your life structured.
- Eat healthy.
- Exercise regularly.
- Do not isolate yourself.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs.
- Set a regular sleep schedule.
These are all great pieces of advice (for a lot of things in life) but they are just so vague. They always say that when you set goals, you need to be specific. Eating better is too vague. Setting a goal to eat 2 servings of veggies each day is much better. I need a guide like that in my life . . . a very detailed guide. A day-to-day checklist.
Who am I kidding? I’d either lose the guide or lose interest in it almost immediately.
Peace, Love & Lost In My Thoughts
Hoosier Barn Chick