January 5, 2016 • Volume 10, Issue 1 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
Progress is the difference between staying stuck or starting again no matter how many times you’ve failed before. And when it comes to starting again, it always helps to have a special occasion to mark as a launch date. Thus the idea of New Year’s resolutions—and also the Monday Campaigns.
The Monday Campaigns (including Move It Mondays and Meatless Mondays) is a nonprofit health initiative that encourages committing—and recommitting—to lifestyle changes on a weekly basis.
According to organizers, research conducted by Johns Hopkins University shows that people are more likely to starts diet and exercise regimes, quit smoking, and schedule doctor’s appointments on Monday than any other day. That’s because there’s a cultural association between the start of a new week and a clean slate, just as there is with New Year’s Day.
January 1 comes once a year, though. Monday rolls around every seven days. So if you cheated on your calorie count or skipped a few workouts, you can take the opportunity to begin again. And again. And again, because the alternative is to stall out on your path to better well-being.
But resolutions to live better aren’t limited to behaviors. At a milestone in his life, blogger Brad Hoefs came up with 10 pledges addressing his attitudes about living with bipolar.
It’s an inspiring list that may spur you to think about your aspirations. For example, Number 8: “I refuse to wallow in self-pity or self-loathing. Nor will I allow toxic remorse or regret to swallow me whole.”
Coolness and the body clock
It’s well established that regulating daily rhythms—when you sleep and wake, when you eat, and various activities—helps enormously in managing bipolar disorder. That’s because keeping to a consistent schedule helps keep the body’s internal clock in balance. It appears that following a natural temperature cycle—not overly warm at night, for example—may matter as well.
In nature, the daily rise and fall in temperature closely follows the light-dark cycle. Researchers from University College London found that introducing a significant lag between the two cycles resulted in major disruptions to clock-controlled molecular signals in the fruit flies they studied. “As mammals, including humans, are subject to similar evolutionary constraints, it is likely that similar systems apply to our clocks,” said lead author Ross Harper. Read more >>
VIDEO: Bipolar and Strength-Based Approaches
Many of the challenges associated with bipolar disorder can be addressed by using a strength-based approach. Focusing on one’s strengths can help create a better way of life. Watch Karl Shallowhorn’s video blog >>
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