Lauren Polly was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 14. After her parents found a suicide note she’d written.
She took large amounts of pills to control the manias and depression, but some of them had horrible side effects. It took years, but with the help of doctors and self-empowerment skills, she is living a productive, drug-free life.
Now she wants to share those skills to help others.
“It just seemed like the outside noise started to become so loud that it felt like it was coming from inside of me.” Polly explained.
Those days are a lifetime ago for 37-year-old Lauren Polly. Years ago, she traded psychiatric meds for holistic treatment. As she mastered techniques to take care of herself, her doctors gradually eliminated drugs.
Polly said “Being able to actually have life tools and skills to be able to handle the ups and downs and really be present and accountable for what you’re doing. That’s the key.”
Polly said it wasn’t easy and is still a daily commitment. She wrote The Other Side of Bipolar to share her lessons with others. Number one is the hardest: stop judging yourself.
“We live in a world with judgment. So being able to come out of “there’s something wrong with me I need to fix” will actually start to give you a lot of space in your own world,” explained Polly.
Second, add positive things to your life.
“If you’re only trying to fix one thing and not using your energy to add things and really develop all of you, you come up short, and that leads to a sense to a lot of sense of dissatisfaction.” Polly shared.
She takes bars sessions, where a facilitator clears “bad energy.”
Gabrielle Vena, a Life Coach and Facilitator for Access Consciousness, said “There’s a set of 32 points on the head that when lightly touched will dissipate and release stuff that’s stored up that may not belong to you.”
Third, include your body in your plan with a good diet and exercise.
“It changed my self-esteem, my confidence there’s just a lot of wealth that can come when you’re working your body in a positive way.” Polly said.
Polly works every day to move beyond her diagnosis. Polly stresses that she learned life skills with professional help before eliminating any of her meds and worked with a doctor the whole time. Now, she works as a life coach, helping people to empower themselves.