Good ways to burn off that manic energy

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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
We all have moments where we just need to move right?

My favorite way the last year, has been to play Rockband. I play drums, and when my head is moving a mile a minute, it really gives me something to keep focused on while moving. It's good exercise, great hand-eye coordination training, and has helped me improve my balance and coordination overall.

Who else has something interesting they do?

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   Posted 11/19/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I hit the gym. But often, it's JUST my mind racing and not my body. So I knit.
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   Posted 11/19/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I walk my dog...alot!

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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
  For many years i trained for bicycle races so i had an outlet for the energy. But in the winter is when it would get bad and all that energy would turn to bad impulses and worse ideas. So i have given up a car for the family and walk or bike everywhere to help burn off the energy. That and the meds i'm on help a lot.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The worst thing about bike training is that it fed the depression. I ended up as a horrible endorphin addict.

All I could do cut the coffee and work days on end. Make hay while the sun shines.

I'm BPII so the depression is the really scary part. Now I'm noticing that the Lamictal is goosing the mania a bit.


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   Posted 11/20/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh My!  I'm really being honest today.  Lately the way I have been feeling, I cheat!  I take a xanax to S..L..O..W down!!!  Ugh.

On better days, I get out for a good long walk through the woods!

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   Posted 11/21/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I do chores, like cleaning the house, because they're tasks that don't take an incredible amount of concentration (like doing the dishes or w/e) and I can do them as fast as I want. There's always a lot of work to be done around the apartment so channeling it into cleaning is something I can do. It also doesn't take concentration on improvement like practicing my instrument or something, and I can run between tasks as often as I want.
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   Posted 11/21/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Doctor Prilica,  Welcome aboard!

I forgot...I do do that too!  In fact that is usually the first sign besides standing on my head and spinning like a top that I am going into a manic episode.   I start cleaning and  organizing for days.  It does help though because I become very intent and particular about how I am doing things and stay very focused on "just that". Then I stay up all night doing this.  But it keeps my mind focused and not all over the place and I feel more calm.

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   Posted 11/21/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks :) It's actually good, the whole cleaning thing, because it benefits both you and if you're living with someone (my roommates, I'm sure, are quite pleased). I think it's the repetitiveness of it and the fact that you don't have to actually think deep about something that makes the whole chore thing work. I tried practicing my instruments when manic and that didn't work out because it takes lots of concentration.
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   Posted 11/22/2009 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm just learning about the whole manic thing. I'm BP2 so I thought I never got manic- but lately ooooh- how do I get out????
I have just spent 5 hours making 3 1/2 dozen PERFECT cupcakes for my daughter's 9th birthday party tomorrow. Each one has a mini cupcake positioned on top and held in place with a toothpick that looks like a candle on top. Each cupcake combo is original (all 3 1/2 dozen) between the diffrent types of cake used, frosting colors or sprinkle types. (I know that it is classic BP after I am done, but at the time I was just going at it) I should do housework, but how do you get yourself to finish? I go from chore to chore through the house, work all day at it- but don't have anything finished to show my husband as he walks in.
I don't have any good advice... I just hope it will go away before I have to learn ways to deal with it.
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   Posted 11/22/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   

I bet your daughter is gonna Luv Luv Luv those cupcakes!!!  They sound AWESOME!!! turn

Yeh, I answered your other post.  You should call your pdoc.

Wishing you wellness.

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