5 Ways to Be Value-Driven When You Have a Mood Disorder

Or, how I’m managing to pursue my goals, even on “bad days”.

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5 Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

Here are some things I’ve learned about myself and my ability to consciously choose the direction of my life, even with two mental illnesses.

  1. With therapeutic tools Behavioral Activation, (which I’ve written about here and here,) I have the power to make conscious choices about my actions on any given day. (And I often need the help that these tools provide.)
  2. I don’t always get it right; sometimes I have to practice self-forgiveness. This is very important because carrying resentment towards ourselves is toxic.
  3. That brings me to the importance of “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Whether or not you have a mental illness, it’s important to be able to get back up and take action after falling behind on your goals.
  4. I give myself a ton of credit for making progress on my goals. For example, every time I finish writing an article like this, I say to myself, “wow! I did it!” I really say that, out loud. Appreciating my own victories makes me feel . . . appreciated and validated. And those are great feelings.

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