Saturday, December 17, 2011

The BEST Christmas Gift for Someone with Bipolar

Well, I’m still feeling a little tired today — still think I’m trying to do too much while being sick.  I need to slow down, not just to get healthy but I also do not want to go into a manic episode.   There was a time when I would have craved being "hyper".  But no more!  I’ve had one more episode than I ever wanted to have.

But if you’re like me, you’re just grateful for every day that you go without an episode, and for that I feel so blessed at this Christmas season.  I used to fly into rages one minute and by happy the next.  All the while my husband looking at me like I was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I am getting so excited about Christmas coming!  But I have to know not to get too excited or to let the spending get out of hand.   I’ve been shopping on the internet (since I've been sick and can't get my butt off the couch).  Every day something new is arriving, and it’s fun to get things in the mail! AND I’ve gotten such great deals!  I’m more excited about seeing the boys open their presents than I am about getting anything.

I thought about what I wanted for Christmas, and I was totally taken aback, as I realized I already have everything I want and need, because I have gotten my bipolar disorder under control.  What more could I ask for (except I did give my hubby a few ideas, like B&N gift card – I love to read, and love my NOOK).

So if you haven’t quite got the Christmas spirit yet – it’s not about presents and big trees and lots of decorations.  It’s about appreciating the gift of your stability.  That’s the greatest gift we could get, after all! 

Happy Holidays!

5 pretty purplexing comments:

  1. I know someone who always craved their manic moments, but lost all control when they came. But after a little pill called Risperdahl has happily been in remission for 5years living a normal life without one episode. I hope you are blessed with a tranquil holiday this year. Stability is a great gift for someone who is Bipolar. I'm sure you've had a blast shopping for your boys. There have been bargains to be had out there. I LOVE to read too. I have a Kindle. So I hope Santa brings you a gift card for your Nook so you can pick a couple new books in the New Year. Take care.

  2. Thanks! I am on a medication but not the same one you mentioned. All I know is that is has been a Godsend! I haven't felt this "normal" EVER!

    My favorite books are the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabladon. I also love the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. If you haven't tried those, I highly recommend them.


  3. I'm so happy you are happy and feeling good and blogging again! I'm sure your boys will love whatever you got them and being together is such a gift in its self! Happy Weekend!

  4. Saw a comment you left on another blog and just had to stop by because I don't often see someone else who spells their name like I do.

    You have a wonderful blog, and I hope you get peaceful, beautiful Christmas.

  5. Hi Tami What an honest post. I never knew you had a bipolar condition. But I agree with every word in your post. Health is so important and when you have health you really have no worries.

    I have the Christmas spirit but without the shopping. Really gave the shopping up a few years ago. Although today I did buy something at Target from Santa for me and Ron. I am loving all the Christmas music this season, can't get enough of it.

    PS the housewarming party was fun but guess what?? We were the only people who showed up!!! It was fun but interesting! I LOVE all the Corbie pictures that you text to me. She is doing so well at your house with you and your family. A perfect match. I am so happy. xoxo


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