The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check In: Holiday Travel Edition

Hello! Welcome to The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check In: Holiday Travel Edition!

Are you going anywhere for the holidays? Do you want to go where you’re going? If you’re not traveling anywhere, and you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Would you take your kids with you, or would you like a vacation all by yourself? Let me know in the comments!

The Bipolar Parent's Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: Holiday Travel Edition - CassandraStout.com

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My Week

My week has been… productive. My husband took our toddler across the country by himself to visit his mother, so I’ve been left with our older son, who has school until Friday. We’ll be joining my husband this afternoon, so by the time you read this, I’m probably on a plane, haha.

I used the time I had this week to deep clean the house, write several blog posts, sleep, and make Christmas gifts for my extended family. My “Prep for [State] trip” had 60+ items on it, and I checked off 98% of them.

I’ve been taking the sleep aid almost every night, which made getting up at 6:30am to send my son to school very difficult. I’m worried that I might be a bit dependent on the sleep aid, which is not where I want to be. I’ve packed the pills in my carry-on luggage, but I’m going to try to get to sleep without medication tonight.

Wish me luck!

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Author: Cassandra Stout

Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs weekly at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. She also blogs monthly at the International Bipolar Foundation website (IPBF.org). Her work has been published in the anthology, How the Light Gets In. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for nine years, where her memoir, Committed, recently placed as a finalist. She balances her literary work with raising her children, feeding her cat, and managing her bipolar disorder.

4 thoughts on “The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check In: Holiday Travel Edition”

  1. Hope you were able to get sleep without the medication, sweet Cass!

    Sending you lots of love & a huge hug.

    XOXOXOXOX

    Dyane

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes, Dyane! I have been able to sleep without the medication so far on this trip, but it’s definitely been an uphill battle, with me lying in bed until late at night. It’s exhausting. But I’m glad I’m here and awake during the day, which the meds wouldn’t allow me to be.

      Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Take care, and I hope your holidays have been awesome.

      Love,
      Cass

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