6. Don’t beat yourself up for not meeting the performance standards that you were once capable of achieving prior to the onset of your illness.
You have bipolar disorder: it may not define you, but it is a part of your life. Live one day at a time and set smaller goals at first. Establish realistic expectations based on the set of circumstances with which you are now dealing. In time, as you build more confidence and self-esteem, you will be able to aim even higher.
Also, do not fall prey to pressure from others who push for you to get back to your old self. Having an effective strategy for dealing with bipolar disorder includes acknowledging what, at a given time, you can and cannot do. Do not sabotage your treatment progress by meeting inflated expectations, whether you or others set them.