Bipolar disorder ca be treated conventionally with medications prescribed by the psychiatrist. Alternatively, there are certain holistic approaches a bipolar diagnosed person can take to ease the symptoms presented by bipolar disorder. As usual, there is skepticism on their effectiveness and there is little-researched evidence presented on these alternative treatments.
Moderate physical exercise helps in maintaining moods and ease depression. This is as a result of chemical released during an exercise called endorphins, and moreover, exercise helps one sleep better. Exercise also is beneficial to the heart and maintaining a healthy body, since bipolar people have a higher risk of developing heart diseases, gaining excessive weight and becoming obese and also develop diabetes.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Research has proven that adequate sleep is key to stabilizing moods and boost optimal functioning. In people diagnosed with bipolar, adequate sleep is crucial to mitigate their mood swings and depression.
Avoid Unhealthy Toxic Relationships
These are quicksand for stress development. In the case of a bipolar person, these relationships rapidly worsen the situation triggering mania and depression. It is advised that the bipole surrounds themselves with people who add positivity in their life.
Eating Healthy Foods
Consuming a healthy diet improve brain function, subsequently improving hormonal and neurochemical balance in the brain reducing bouts of mood swings and depression. Consume a lot of fish a study conducted on people who live in parts of the world where fish and fish oils are consumed regularly, bipolar disorder is less common. It is thought that the fish oil helps in improving the brain function thus reducing depression.
Food supplements containing amino acid neurotransmitters (e.g. Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, γ-amino butyrate and L-glutamine) play an important role in mood regulation. Ergo many antidepressant medications usually work hand in hand with these amino acid-derived neurotransmitters. Therefore consuming foods rich in them is advised to provide balance.
Foods rich in amino acids, tyrosine, phenylalanine and S-adenosylethylalamine (SAM), is encouraged for people diagnosed as well since these amino acids are precursors to the neurotransmitters.
The relaxing effect brought about by such techniques can reduce the stress that is known to be a potential trigger of mania and depression in bipolar diagnosed individuals.
This stretching and balancing the body at certain poses combined with controlled breathing and meditation, calms and invigorates one’s body. People with bipolar are encouraged to engage in yoga.
This Far East technique uses the mind to calm the body and this is very effective to combat stress, brought about by daily activities like work, school, and home maintenance. Meditation also calms the body making it ideal for people diagnosed with bipolar, and it is a crucial part of the overall treatment plan.
Deep body massage therapy is another alternative in managing bipolar disorder. Massage therapy just like meditation, yoga and exercises help to reduce anxiety and lower stress levels, all of which are detrimental and key triggers of mania, hypomania, and depression in bipolar diagnosed people.