Tips for Other Bipolaroids :)

The following is taken from a leaflet I picked up my GP surgery. It was publised by the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) in March 2014. For more information please visit: www.ncmh.info

Try to remember these tips to help you to keep your moods stable:

Sleep…make sure you get enough

Treatment… don’t miss taking your medication

Avoid… recreational drugs, and overdoing it with alcohol

Be positive… there is lots you can do to keep well

Intervention… get help sooner rather than later

Lifestyle… follow a regular routine

Inform… yourself and your family about bipolar disorder

Triggers… learn what makes you more likely to relapse

You… can take control of your illness

These are all tips that I have learnt for myself over the past decade, but I think it’s a really useful mnemonic to help us remember what’s important when trying to manage bipolar disorder.

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The End is in Sight…

…The end of term, I mean. We are all tired – the staff and the students. I cannot wait for my well-deserved six week break.

However, I am already looking forward to September; it represents a new start and a chance to truly put right the mistakes made over the previous year, and in my case there have been many.

I am now in my 4th year of teaching but I seem to be learning slower than some of my colleagues. But – and this is crucial – I am making progress. I am getting better. My classes have always done well in terms of data, but my actual lessons have sometimes been in need of improvement.SAD

This is always particularly true in the Autumn term – a time when I struggle with all aspects of my life as I believe that I suffer from aspects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I think everyone struggles in those cold and wet Winter months but I think it affects me more than the average person. I am not trying to make it an excuse. I just know acknoewledge that I need to try extra hard at work during this time so that it does not impact on my teaching and on the children’s learning.

I also think it takes me longer than the average teacher to get used to new classes and different children to work with. Again, this is simply something that I must overcome.

The Final Countdown…

Under 7 weeks until the Summer holidays… (Not that I’m counting ;))

I hope that all my readers had a pleasant half term break; apart from coming into work to run a revision session for some Year 11s I did NO work! And I’m proud. I needed a proper break as exam season had clearly been taking its toll.

I spent the half term doing what I love: going to Wales, seeing Busted live, catching up with family and friends, getting my hair done… all finished off by celebrating my 27th birthday with my husband at the Harry Potter studio tour, and then with my parents in their garden followed by Cafe Rouge.

My new half term resolution is to do more of what I love: getting outside (weather-permitting!), swimming, seeing friends and playing Mariokart. I also, genuinely, love getting right into projects at work so I will actually enjoy writing the new Year 8 scheme of work that I’ve been asked to do during my gained time.

So, as we look forward to the summer hols, try to #domoreofwhatyoulove 🙂