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Lee

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Thought journals are useful for recording and challenging thoughts and behaviors.

They can help you see irrational thoughts and reactions and help you to turn them into positive outcomes.

This thought journal is designed to challenge negative thoughts and make them positive.

Please note, this is a tool to be used along side professional help and is not a substitution for medical intervention.
 

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I've found writing over the years has really helped me get things out I didn't even realise where there until I started writing. I write most days, it's like emptying the rubbish bin! ☺️
 
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I regularly use these thought journals. I actually have them all in a ring binder and occasionally go through them to see my progress over the months / years.
 
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Writing captures the moment and records it forever, I write everything down and I have a person who reads it. Having this person helps me let go of the words, in turn the emotions ☺️
 

ALLEGRA

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I find writing a very useful activity but I think it takes a lot of my time since I have a flight of thoughts.

What I do is that at the end of the day, I take a paper (red if its a bad day and green if its a good day) and write my most moment of the day and put it in a glass jar.

I take it out, count it at the end of the month and make sure that I have more good days and less bad days.
 

JmaC

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Yes I also find thought journals mood charts etc to be quite helpful gets it all off of your chest etc you can choose to share it with a partner that support you rkeep it provae either way its a great factor in coping.....
I also write poetry scared to save the thought journal to file save isit safe?? thanks ahead of time jan always
 

JmaC

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I wrote this years ago in a old journal

short BP journey story

BP & ME # 2

The journey called Bipolar disorder is no typical journey that just anyone takes, yes a lot of people have it a lot worse in their lives, some a lot better. But I speak of the journey we are taking together. This journey is complex and challenging yet a learning experience, it can ruin relationships, marriages, careers, and ones self worth, and zap us of our inner strength. At times it is overwhelming all consuming and we preserve each day. Yes, it will knock us down, beat us up, rob us, and threaten us. And attempt to destroy us after time But we preserve each day, we may fall down but we get up again and again. This is survival at its best!

They say you can not pick your relatives but you can pick your friends. Friends are something you can not buy in a store or wish for. They are special bonds woven through similar experiences, struggles, challenged, heart aches, as well as success and unforgettable memories. We need to treasure our friends they can be our support life Davies when family just don't understand. Friends listen, never judge you or tell you that they don't care. We all need friends just as we need air to breathe.

You will have a better tomorrow if only you think about today. You will not have a good day if you just sit around and think of yesterday. Out BP journey is like a domino effect. We get through yesterday, put that day in the past move on through today and work through it. Tomorrow what it can bring to us is fresh and new and the beginning of the day's possibilities. Always look forward to tomorrow and what it may bring us as you travel through the peaks and valleys and when you reach that peak hang on, because the view at the top is much brighter.

When sadness knocks at your door don't answer it! It will leave and when happiness knocks answer it and bring it into your life. Do not be frightened when it leaves when you least expect it, it shall return. The journey continues to walk the road of challenge, adversity, and obstacles. Even when the odds are against us we continue to go on with complete effort. Never stop trying and we will never feel there is no chance to win. And if we face the right direction on this road that has been given to us we have to keep going, no matter how difficult this road may be, we may feel despair, loneliness, and be afraid but we will not falter and we may not be there yet but we are much closer as of yesterday and what we get by reaching our destination is not nearly as vital of what we will find and whom we may become when we do.

Moving forward not looking back is key to continue on this journey. Yes, we have made it mistakes burned a lot of bridges but who hasn’t. Learning to live and forgive oneself is the first step towards moving forward. We have difficult times during this BP journey and we may at times feel we are so alone, so different and cannot give anymore but we have and continue to do so. For its not the BP which defined us as who we are, nor will we let it control our lives. Our relationship with BP is not a close one, nor do we want it to be, but the relationship we have with ourselves is an important one. Loving ourselves, understanding ourselves! What we are about and who we are. The BP life is a journey we take every day.

Whether we notice or not all things in life are connected some way. We live with the intention to live and continue to learn. The doors of our lives that we open today will decide the lives we live. As we look back life is different yet it stays the same, everything is relative, and all the struggles, fears, hopes and dreams will return again, for life always changes, just as quickly as it remains the same. But the difference is with each return we always have a hope of a new day for a chance at a better life. The journey of life is connected and everything is relative for the strength and hope will continue to return.

JmaC

PS I have more if interested....
 

JmaC

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This one kind of goes with the one above I wrote at the same time

Crossing the Bipolar Bridge:

At times the bridge is very narrow with planks that r unstable sum even missing. I continue my journey holding on tight as the bridge narrows and the planks r unsafe taking each step slowly making choices carefully as I move forward.

There r times wen the bridge will widen providing me with more space to move about with sum wat ease, as I continue on not knowing wat may lie ahead of me.

I will continue on now and tomorrow. My journey I will control it, it will not control me! I will choose where I will go, where and wen I will end my journey!!

The road is full of twists and turns, cross roads, and valleys. I may stumble but I will get up and continue to where lies my destination. J. MaC
 

Soulwatcher

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I was doing a daily journal with an app on google it had a picture, activity, and mood on the journal. And I thought it was great until I overdid it. I have to take thing's slow or I get overwhelmed because I suffer from a mental illness I can get overwhelmed very easily.
 
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Lee

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I was doing a daily journal with an app on google it had a picture, activity, and mood on the journal. And I thought it was great until I overdid it. I have to take thing's slow or I get overwhelmed because I suffer from a mental illness I can get overwhelmed very easily.

Ahhhh, I feel that. It can be difficult to strike a balance between keen and interested and over the top. I suffer from similar problems, but rather than become overwhelmed I burn out quickly.

Maybe try keeping a journal again, but maybe only update it two or three times a day?

It can be useful for keeping track on our moods and how they affect us, identifying triggers etc...
 

Soulwatcher

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I suffer from similar problems, but rather than become overwhelmed I burn out quickly.
I have a bad habit of burning out too because I am like the mouse in the maze that keeps getting electrocuted over and over and over again trying to get the cheese. And then I burn out and either take months off or never do it again.
 
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