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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Decompressing... An Important Activity

It's so important with bipolar disorder to maintain a strict routine, or at least it is for me. I have to get eight hours of sleep, and I typically go to sleep at 9 or 9:30 p.m. and get up at 5 or 6 a.m. (I love mornings). I also try to eat and take medications at the same time each day. And exercising most days of the week is important.

If I deviate from this routine too much or for too long a period of time, I risk bringing on an episode of either depression or mania. This past Fourth of July holiday, I got a little bit off of my routine, and I'm working today to reestablish it. On July 2nd, I was up late due to fireworks; on July 3rd, I went to an evening party; and on July 4th, I went to my extended family's picnic, which required a long round trip drive. I was up late for three nights in a row, busy by day, and up early each day despite going to sleep late.

Therefore, I need to decompress today. This isn't anything all that specific. It just means taking the day at a slower pace than usual. It also means doing activities that I love and that typically calm me. I would advise anyone with bipolar disorder, or depression, anxiety, any mental disorder that you have to work with to stay well, to be sure to decompress after your days have been outside of the usual pattern.

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