Daily Routines

Everyone has daily routines whether they realize it or not.

When one is dealing with a depression episode or a manic episode it can be helpful to ground oneself to the present and not get lost in the cycle of a depression or manic attack .

 Yes I am calling episodes of manic or depressive symptoms an attack  because that is what it’s like, being attacked by unwanted symptoms and dealing with the issues that are the result of a attack, the best way to explain it to a non mentally ill person is to compare it to catching a cold or flu at the most inconvenient time and then having to deal with the symptoms and fallout of the after affects well that’s what it’s like to have bipolar.

Daily routines can be comforting and calming for small children as well as for people whom suffer from mental illness, it can help them pull through when they know what to expect and what is expected of them .

It gives us a way to move through the fog of all the negative emotions and painful feelings and sometimes it even gives us hope and a bright in spot  our gloomy  time, well most of the time it works sometimes nothing seems to help and we just have to manage as best as we can until the attack subsides then we just pick up the pieces and try to move one with our lives.

 There will be some days when you will feel like you’re on autopilot and detached from whats going on around you on those days be kind to your self its ok not to feel and to do things automatically,sometimes it is all you can mange to do because if you allow yourself to feel you will drown in all the unpleasant pain and you just can’t go there at that moment this is ok too be kind to yourself

Routines can help center and keep oneself from going off in a manic attack, 

My most basic routine is just getting through the day on really hard days it’s getting up and dressed then eating breakfast and doing basic mindless household chores .

I have been known to become manic and crazily clean everything in sight and reorganized the whole house the issue with this is once I come down from the manic attack I will not remember where I put anything and it’s super frustrating and self defeating then I usually sink into a dark depression.

I wouldn’t ever wish depression or bipolar moods on anyone it is the most horrible feeling and suffering is the worst no one really understands how or why some people have it and other don’t it’s just one of those mysterious things that occurs.

19 thoughts on “Daily Routines

  1. Iqra Asad says:

    May Allah bless you with immense reward for patiently bearing the test He has given you. You are right, one must go easy on their own self and not get carried away by negative thoughts. I hope and pray that you stay blessed always.

  2. marinafarook says:

    asalamu alaik sister Umm Ayoub, i am increasingly interested in your daily routines now that i know the struggles you face silently within yourself. currently i am doing a research project on cognitive function and exercise and the expression of the BDNF gene which increases brain function and reduces depression. I would love to share my writing with you once i am done.

  3. UmmBilal says:

    May Allah cure you sis. I cannot imagine what you going through but I am glad that you share it. It makes us aware and maybe we can care more when we meet people going through same.

  4. Safiyyah Amatullah says:

    Assalaamu Alaykum, dear sister. Your post was very insightful.I have a book suggestion for you… it is very uplifting and leaves a positive impact on one. The name is “You Can Be The Happiest Woman in the World”, written by a prominent sheikh… there is an online link here: http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/You%20Can%20Be%20the%20Happiest%20Woman%20in%20the%20World.pdf. May Allah help you overcome your struggles, and bring you brighter days, every day! Amin.

  5. Sara says:

    Assalaam Alaykom sister, may Allah swt bless you! Your post has really got me thinking.. May Allah swt help you in this trial.. my duas are with you ❤

  6. Shahira says:

    May Allah make it easy for you!❤

    As for routines and baby, I know my baby loves it when we are on her schedule and when we go out and she is off her schedule, well, it is a difficult day to handle!

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