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"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." – Michael Jordan

Thank you to all who were so encouraging after I published my last blog. If you did not see the last one, read it on my website, The blog was about my issues with being bipolar and experiencing psychosis.

I was nervous about being so vulnerable, and many of you reassured me that publishing the blog was the right thing to do. I am an open book; some readers had questions about my illness, and it was my honor to answer them. My blogs are meant to be educational, so if you have questions, please feel free to ask.

My medications are being adjusted, and daily things are getting better. I feel more like myself and am starting to participate in life again. I am still struggling, but I am on the right road. I feel like I am on the road to sanity.

This cycle of my bipolar has been an obstacle in my life. I am thankful I have learned skills to navigate these scary times. As I have matured (a nice way of saying I am getting old!) I handle rough times with more finesse.

20 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

1. Recognize you are not a robot or machine.

2. Practice mindfulness. Be fully present in each moment.

3. Prioritize sleep.

4. Avoid self-medication.

5. Maintain a healthy diet.

6. Step it up – walk.

7. Use music as therapy.

8. Unleash your creativity.

9. Avoid social comparisons.

10. Practice self-compassion

11. Guard against technostress.

12. Spend time in green space and nature.

13. Let them see you sweat – have some trusted friends with whom you can share your struggles.

14. Laugh and play.

15. Volunteer.

16. Count your blessings.

17. Enlist a therapist or coach.

18. Adopt a sustainability mindset - Set a pace that allows you to reach goals and still breathe,

19. Align values to behavior.

20. Don't go it alone – remain in community.

Thank you again for all your kind words and encouragement.

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