7. Hold on to your old talents and skills.
You are the only person in the world who can use your abilities. Having bipolar disorder doesn’t mean that you have to take your pot of talents off the stove. Your pilot light is still on. If you have put things on the back burner for the time being, you can still keep your skills sharpened.
The solution is to adapt how you utilize your pot of talents to accommodate your health. For example, if you formerly taught school, perhaps you can do some volunteer tutoring until you can return to the classroom. By keeping your teaching skills up, you’ll be ready when it’s time to put them back to use full time.