7 Ways to Treat the Depressive Episodes of Bipolar Disorder

7 Ways to Treat the Depressive Episodes of Bipolar Disorder

Overview

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes severe changes in mood. These moods alternate between joyful, energetic highs (mania) and sad, weary lows (depression).

Coping with a depressive episode can be difficult. The symptoms of depression can make you lose interest in activities you usually enjoy and make it challenging to get through the day. But there are things you can do to fight the negative effects of depression.

Here are seven ways to boost your mood during a depressive episode:

1. Stick to a healthy routine

When you feel depressed, it’s easy to get into bad habits.

You may not feel like eating even when you’re hungry, or you may continue eating even when you’re full.

The same goes for sleeping. When you’re depressed, you’re more likely to sleep too little or too much.

Unhealthy eating and sleeping habits can make your depression symptoms worse. So a healthy daily routine can make it easier to maintain good habits.

Consider adopting these healthier habits:

  • Eat meals and snacks at set times throughout the day.
  • Increase your intake of vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  • Wake up and go to bed at the same times every day.
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