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A few weeks ago I posted this meme on The Bipolar Bear’s Facebook page. One of my followers commented on it, and we got to talking. She was really struggling with the winter blues,¬†.and the more we spoke the more I realised two ¬†things:Winter is Coming Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

1) There are so many people who struggle with winter depression, not only Bipolar Bears who have seasonal cycles and struggle with the long dark months of winter, but also those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression in general.

2) Having struggled with winter depression for many, many years, and finally cracked how to manage it so I don’t actually get it anymore, I realised I should probably share this wisdom, such as it is.

The result of this was me putting together a brand new and completely free Bipolar Disorder survival guide specifically aimed at beating the winter blues and helping you to prevent and/or manage winter depression.

Unfortunately, the last couple of months have been unimaginably busy for me (this is in part due to my tactics for managing winter depression!) and I’ve only just managed to get it finished and up and running on the site… actually it’s been there for a week or so, but I’ve only just got around to writing the post, so , sorry about that!

Winter is Coming

There are a lot of reasons we struggle during winter. Part of it is the seemingly constant darkness, part of it is the cold and the prevalence of cold and flu viruses. Part of it is undoubtedly the holiday period. I’ve put together Winter is Coming, my top ten tips for surviving the cold and long dark, and actually making winter a time you can enjoy again!

It’s available for free here on The Bipolar Bear’s website, all you need to do is pop in your email address and it will be sent directly to your inbox, no muss, no fuss!

Winter Is Coming Bipolar Disorder and Winter Depression Survival Guide

Do be sure to come back and comment below to let me know what you think, or head on over to the Facebook page and comment on there!

2 thoughts on “BIPOLAR SURVIVAL GUIDE: WINTER IS COMING How to Beat the Winter Blues

  1. Omg I rely can’t believe you’ve overcome sad. I genuinely feel like I need to move country because I suffer with it so badly. It’s making me so depressed. Please help. Thankyou

    1. I truly and completely sympathise with you, it’s absolute hell. I used to be totally out of commission for at least three, sometimes four months out of the year. Just because of the insane effect the winter season had on my mood. The trouble one, once I was so deep in it, even when the weather brightened it took me an age to pull out of it. I’ve found the most effective method of overcoming it is to ensure you never fall into it in the first place. For me that means a good 2-3 hours of light therapy every day from mid to late September right through until the end of March or even into April. I have a lot of other methods of dealing with it, all of which are outlined in the free guide I did with this post, so if you haven’t already, do download it. And let me know how you get on!!! It might take you a year or two to get it down. I have been perfectly fine this year, and was good last year, but I was still figuring it all out so it was a bit hit and miss. And I do still have bad days – but they’re days, and infrequent, it’s not the permanent horror I used to endure. You can get the free download here if you haven’t already:

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