Anything that's out of the ordinary can cause my symptoms to flare up. And how am I supposed to get ahead that way? Sure I can stay where I am doing the same old stuff, but what if I want to make a big leap? A big leap requires change, which causes stress. Stress causes more symptoms.
Self-help advice for people without Bipolar Disorder doesn't always work for people with Bipolar Disorder. I think we have to move in smaller steps, be more forgiving, and put value on being symptom free.