Having a deep regard for the feelings of our caregivers
What are some things we can do as bipolar patients that show that we understand and appreciate the feelings of our caregivers?
- Making full use of the time of wellness: If you have recognized that you are enjoying a time of wellness, then it is an excellent opportunity to let your caregiver feel loved. Helping with small chores at homes, or sending that surprise email of appreciation can go a long way. They need it, they long for it, even if we all know that a day of illness will return.
- Taking care of oneself: Many times it is the frustration and discouragement over being sick repeatedly that hinders a bipolar patient from caring for himself. Always have it as your aim to get well not only for your own sake but also for your caregivers, even if it takes long.
- Listen: Bipolar disorder produces a great need to talk. One thing we want to do is tell others how we feel, and that we do indeed appreciate them. However, might we accomplish even more by listening to the feelings of our caregivers?
- Encourage them: Bipolar disorder has caused you to feel and experience what you otherwise would never have. This insight into the human heart and mind is an asset. Use it to encourage your caregivers. Find ways in which it can be done.