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Dec 12, 2018

Some things I do

through both:

  • gym, the great equalizer, 5:30am with buddy every weekday

on lows:

  • consistently check upkeep on Sleep, Diet, Exercise
  • social activities at lease 2x a week
  • journal thoughts every night
  • motivational speeches during morning workout
  • no slow/sad music before 5pm
  • no major lifestyle choices/purchases
  • read through journal entries of when I was in "good times" to realize this is temporary

oh highs:

  • go hard, "ride the wave" - aka do as much work and party as you want
  • make reoccuring commitments for fun social things, but don't commit to reoccuring work unrelated to career
  • under-commit by ~30% on deliverables (optimism makes you bite off more than you will want to chew later)
    • I'll probably end up wanting to overcommit to something else later, can't do everything
  • do not sign up for big things where you have to do the work in the future (pay "cash" aka money already earned)
  • get at least 5.5hrs of sleep for 3 day rolling average
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Dec 12, 2018

I think @urmaaam has it spot on habit / ritual is key

Dec 12, 2018
urmaaam:
  • no slow/sad music before 5pm

So getting Rickrolled at 4:59pm ruins your world? Or does it set the mood for the 5pm daily music party?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Dec 13, 2018

Rick Astley rocks my socks! I'm talking Bon Iver type shit, Notorious BIG's Hold Ya Head, or anything Simon and Garfunkel. Good music, but gotta read the room (in your head).

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Dec 12, 2018

This is all great.

The two main take-away points are routine and gym, and under commit. Endorphins have huge impact in mitigating the lows and routine helps with making it easier to get out of bed. Under committing is great because YOU WILL crash and not have the motivation to do anything but the bare minimum.

Dec 12, 2018
urmaaam:

For all you manic-depressive types, what tips and tricks do you have to maximize your success through those highs and lows?

Go to the damn doctor. No reason to suffer with that sort of illness.

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Dec 13, 2018

Of course, you should go to the doctor, but name one person that you know who has been cured of manic depression, bipolar disorder, etc.....yup, no one.

It still comes down to stuff like @urmaaam is suggesting even with medication, counseling, etc.

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Dec 12, 2018

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Dec 12, 2018

shaving my pubes for some reason

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Dec 13, 2018

Holy shit I just sent that in a risky text to my gf. This is the first I've heard anyone else speak of it, but I'm not about to google further at work

Dec 12, 2018

During the lows, I convince myself that the negativity I'm feeling isn't real, and if I continue to be productive, and push through, then I'll have even more momentum when I'm up again. It can sometimes feel very hazy, and like swimming through heavy water if that makes sense. So I try to just ignore all the shit going on in my mind that's making me feel insane, and focus on my goals. It's definitely a lot easier said then done, but basically I just try to be way more resistant to negativity, while also being willing to get up close and personal with the illness.

Something else that's helped me is the idea that if you just fight off the demons in your head, and fight off the feelings of sadness, that's more than half the battle. Once you conquer your mind, it's a lot easier to conquer the physical world. Also, I find that just sitting in my thoughts and figuring things out calmly helps. Because it all starts with your mind, and before you make efforts to improve it, nothing else about your mental illness will likely change.

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Dec 13, 2018

Highs: cocaine
Lows: cocaine

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Dec 15, 2018

real big ballers do FENTANYL

Dec 13, 2018

had to google what manic depressive meant

now realise that i am suffering from manic depression among adhd and anxiety

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Dec 13, 2018
driveslowhomie:

had to google what manic depressive meant

now realise that i am suffering from manic depression among adhd and anxiety

and hypochondria

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Dec 13, 2018

That too, for me.

Dec 13, 2018

I've never been clinically diagnosed with manic depression, but I definitely have a 'rhythm' type personality characteristic of major swings in mood and/or energy.

I try to structure my life (and obviously my day to day) for productivity in avoidance of depressive lows, keep in mind that I'm a student. I set goals for each area of my life (on a month to month basis) and proactively plan out each day, allocating time for studying, working out, hustling on side ventures and ensuring I'm seeing friends / remaining socially active (tend to become more of a recluse during lows). I recognise and celebrate the small successes during a low period, making note of instances where I (i) completed self-prescribed study, (ii) went to the gym and gave it my all etc.. Holding myself accountable and planning my day honestly makes the depressive lows much more manageable.

This is just my meaningless $0.02 as a student who isn't slammed with 70+ hour weeks as a full-time analyst, so of course your mileage may vary. Have to agree with the top comment: avoiding sad music, listening to motivational-esque videos, journaling (recognising successes) and making social engagement a priority is a huge help.

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Dec 14, 2018
John Tuld:

avoiding sad music

lol whats with this recurring theme of avoiding sad music?

thoughts on this list? ohh you don't even want to click it do you - must avoid!!!

Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry
https://www.upvenue.com/article/1469-top-40-songs-...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Dec 14, 2018

I actually don't understand it and feel like if you are in touch with your emotions that the sad songs don't have to bring you down.

Why Sad Songs Make Us Happy
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-07/why...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Dec 14, 2018

In recovery from mental illness/S.U.D. when I was younger -- the following have been key throughout my academic, personal, and professional life in order to achieve success while maintaining my mental health and quality of life.

  • Meditation daily
  • 6-7 hours of sleep a night
  • some form of exercise daily, whether it be cardio, lifting, or simply bodyweight stuff for 20min in my apartment
  • stay accountable to at least one other person throughout the day (for me it's my girlfriend and close friends)
  • help at least one person a day (I'm heavily involved in mentoring underclassmen/high school kids so that's my outlet)
  • write down a list of what I "won" at that day before going to sleep (ex: A on a final, finishing a paper early, making dinner for me and my gf, new PR on the bench, etc.)
  • speak with someone from a similar background (mental health-wise) in the industry (note: this can be tough, but definitely doable -- I found a guy with almost my exact same story who's a VP at a BB in my city, has been mentoring me for awhile now and it's super helpful)
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Dec 14, 2018

Bipolar folks and I are madly attracted to each other on their upswings and I've lost many dear friends to suicide on their downswings. It was always either them going off their meds or refusing to get a clinical diagnosis. STAY ON YOUR MEDS.

Hats off to you above who are dealing with it so well.,

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Dec 14, 2018
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Dec 15, 2018