Do you love to travel but have trouble controlling your bipolar disorder while doing so? If so, don't worry. It's common for travel to be a trigger for mood swings and bipolar disorder. However, there are ways to take charge of your disorder during vacation or while on a business trip. Below, you will find several tips that can help. Searching for a bipolar counselor in Wilmington, NC? Call Legacy Freedom!
In our last blog post, we talked about how important it was to keep a sleep routine while traveling. Unfortunately, it's difficult to put your need for sleep first when traveling. However, if you do not it can be easy to become sleep deprived or too tired to function properly. Losing sleep becomes especially problematic when flying through multiple time zones. However, if you prioritize sleep you can stay on top of it so that it doesn't become a trigger. Make sure you have a hotel room with a comfortable bed, quiet and dark accommodations, and time to commit to sleeping. Even if it's just an hour or two nap during the day, take that time for yourself.
We all love to save money when it comes to flying. However, flying cheaper often means taking a midnight or 4 AM flight that has several layovers. Instead of trying to save a couple hundred dollars, consider getting a flight that works within your normal schedule so that you don't have to get up early or stay up late. This will also ensure you get a direct flight or at least one with fewer stops. If you do have to take a flight with a layover, don't rush yourself. Schedule the layover in a way that allows you an hour or two in between flights. You'll thank yourself later. You might think you'll be bored, but it'll be time for you to rest, de-stress and grab something to eat.
Along with sleep disruptions, travel can also cause changes in your diet. You may eat less healthy, have fewer meals, or overeat. During your travel, try to stick with a normal diet. If you eat three or four meals a day at home, try to do so while you're traveling. If you have snacks throughout the day at work, continue that on your trip. Allowing yourself to become hungry or unhappy because of your eating changes can end up triggering your bipolar disorder.
All of these things and more can be a trigger for mood swings. To learn about other suggestions and tips that can help you while you travel, visit with our last blog post. You'll find more information there!
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