I have mentioned before that I am self-employed. I care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes. A week ago I only had one client. I worked three days a week. Now I have two clients and am working six days a week, sometimes both clients on Saturday, and still going to school! This is a lot for anyone but especially for someone who has bipolar disorder where sleep is extremely important.
I have been perpetually tired since beginning this new client. I am hoping that I will get used to the extra workload. If I don’t, then I will have to quit for my health’s sake. I am working 5-6 hours a day (except Saturdays which could be 12 hours), for a total of six days a week. I am taking one class at a time at my local college, I am married, I have two kids and two cats.
Regardless of what needs to be done, I am very strict with my sleep schedule. I go down hill extremely fast with lack of sleep or interrupted sleep. My OCD symptoms come back in full force. It’s scary.
I am making sure that I get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Even if I haven’t completed an assignment all the way or the house is messy, I go to sleep. I take my medications exactly as prescribed. I am squeezing in time to see my psychologist as well. She is like my second brain; she helps me think through and understand what may be going on in my life.
Always take good care of yourself and try to take your medications as prescribed. I know a lot of people don’t like to take their medications. I would not be able to do what I am doing if it weren’t for the medications my doctor prescribes.
Remember, it does get better!
-More than Mental