Mentally Checking Out: Hooping and Mental Illness, Pt. 2

Oi, it’s been an interesting past couple of days.  I wrote back a while ago about hooping and bipolar disorder.  I have been fortunate that I have been fairly stable, except for the past couple of days. 

Wednesday was one of those days.  I was in a horrible mood and very anxious.  I probably shouldn’t have gone to class that day.  I thought the exercise would do me some good, and it did.  It really did. Movement helped release some tension.  I just couldn’t focus and concentrate on the moves we were learning for crap. 

Katie was so patient with me.  I just wasn’t being patient with myself.  Frustration kept in and made it harder for me to learn that evening.  It’s sort of like trying really hard to fall asleep:  the harder you try, the harder it actually is to fall asleep.

The truth is, I was on my to having a bipolar meltdown similar to one I had a few years ago that landed me in a hospital for a few days.  Luckily, I was able to recognize being on that slope,and took a day to refocus, and, more importantly, get help.  A simple medication adjustment has made a world of difference.   Right now, I’m back to my usual self.

On the upside, fun plans have me looking forward to the weekend, and that helps brighten my mood a lot, too!  I will have a full report next week.

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