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Friday, March 17, 2006

Note to Self

I found this in some miscellaneous papers yesterday. It's a note I wrote to myself when I thought I was on the verge of a manic* episode:

To Hannah, Who May Become Manic:

You can't do everything. If it's not already on the list (or not already promised), you can't do it.

There's a 24-hour moratorium on purchases over $20.

You are not a genius. JT is not an idiot.

Slow down. Breathe. Take time to do nothing.

Stay in bed even if you're not sleepy; your body needs the rest.

Lower the volume.

This shall pass, and when it does, remember that it was all chemical; it's not a sign of weakness or personal failure.

Drink lots of water.

Try to get some exercise.

*Okay, okay, it was just a hypomanic episode. As it turned out to be a false alarm, we'll never know whether this would have made the least bit of difference once the hormones took over.


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