Hi there! This is a place for all the stay-at-homes out there who have bipolar, like me. If you’ve ever put off washing the dishes and cooking dinner because you’ve decided to write a novel in a new-to-you language, I so feel you. Let’s figure out, together, how to keep the house warm, dry, and homey even while we experience highs and lows and times of steadiness.
I’m a piano teacher and a stay-at-home mom. I have Bipolar II. I’m known for not finishing things, being wildly enthusiastic about new projects, becoming housebound and nearly immobile because of depression, and for having an endless stream of new ideas. When I finally got diagnosed, at first I felt shame. Bipolar is very stigmatized.
Once I researched bipolar, though, and got effective treatment, I felt much better. All of my mystifying actions suddenly had an explanation. Over time, I learned how to keep my house in good enough shape and how to keep meals on the table through depression or hypomania, and how to enjoy the stretches of steadiness along the way. I’m no longer ashamed of having bipolar II. It’s a medical condition that deserves treatment and support as much as any other.
Now I use my knowledge about bipolar to figure out the strategies, routines, and angles of approach that work best for me, and I feel capable, confident, and self-compassionate. I’m hoping that this site will help you do the same.
WHY I STARTED BIPOLAR DOMESTICITY
Now I want to help other people with bipolar (any type of bipolar!) figure out how to keep house in their own way – effectively and with a sense of pride and self-care. If you stay at home too, we’ll discuss dishes, laundry, garbage, cooking, and home organization. It can be done, and you don’t have to be (hypo)manic to be effective.
THE GOAL OF THIS SITE
Let’s find accommodations, resources, routines, tactics, points of view, and personalized methods together. Our homes can be lovely places, and we can absolutely be the ones to make them so. Let’s figure out how to build a contented, nurturing home life on our own terms.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to talk.
Founder of Bipolar Domesticity