Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Bipolar Episodes: Weekend versus Weekday, and the need for Routine
We also had a week of bright sunlight here (along with longer daylight), and that may have triggered my mood episode. Or it may have been something else altogether..... It's hard to know why. And honestly, it's hard to know for sure if it is totally gone, since yesterday was my first 'normal' day and I just woke up today.
But there is a reoccuring theme that I've noticed for awhile, and that is the weekend versus the weekday. I often have more mood trouble on the weekend. I think it has to do with the absence of a regular schedule. I'm in the online sales business, and during the week, every day I have to go to mail packages. Furthermore, more things sell during the week, and when things sell I feel successful and also, sometimes, a bit of adrnaline, especially if it is a large or unexpected sale. On the weekday, I've developed a pattern. I do work on the computer in the morning, watch TV and take a walk mid-day, and then go out to mail and sometimes do other errands in the late afternoon. During the weekday, the same TV shows are on, and there are some that I look forward to, so this also adds to the predictability of the week days, versus the weekend.
I think I know how to solve this. I should set up a routine for my weekends. Perhaps do something special. Maybe I should go out on the weekends too, although, I don't really like crowded stores and crowded places, but maybe I should go out anyway. If it helps fix my mood, then that would be a plus! I'll be thinking and trying to plan my weekends better :)
Do you have a difference between weekends/week days? I know that I've read that some people go out partying or staying up late on the weekends and then that triggers a mood episode for them.
Bright sun picture credited to Kostika.