The Bouncy Red Ball – a visualization for mood swings

I’m a writer, and I have bipolar disorder. Big surprise, eh? Lol. Not exactly. Bipolar disorder seems to go with the territory of being a writer.

Anyway, I am happy to say haven’t had a severe depression in many, many years, and I credit that to creative visualizations, which is a light form of self-hypnosis.

I was originally diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, and for years, I tried every medication under the sun, but nothing worked. I still kept having manic episodes, followed by depressions.

Then, back in 2004, after one particularly severe manic episode, where I checked myself into the hospital (again) and they changed my medication (again)…a few days after I got out of the hospital, I felt another big depression coming. And I didn’t think I could take it another one. Not again.

I called my psychiatrist, but she couldn’t get me in for 2 more weeks. I started to panic…what was I going to do for 2 weeks? I desperately didn’t want to crash into another depression. Then, I remembered a book I had read in college called “Creative Visualizations” by Shakti Gawain.

Well, I decided it was worth a shot. So, I came up with this creative visualization called “The Bouncy Red Ball,” and I did it 2 or 3 times a day, every day for about 2 weeks. And this time, instead of crashing down hard into a severe depression, and staying there, I sort of had a light depression that just lasted a few days…and then I sort of just bounced out of it…just like I did in my visualization.

Will it work for you? I have no idea, but it worked so well for me, that I wanted to pass it along.

(Just don’t stop taking your medication, even if it works great….please don’t stop your medication.)

Visualization #1 – The bouncy red ball

First, imagine a mood chart. This is your mood chart.

 It can be two dimensional or three dimensional. It can be in color, or black and white.

It can look however you want it to look. 

Now, imagine the top third of the chart is you feeling happy, the middle third is you feeling normal, and the bottom third is you feeling depressed.

Now, ask yourself, where are on this chart now? Are you too high and manic? Are you too low, and depressed?

Now, imagine yourself turning into a bouncy red ball, and place yourself wherever you are right now, at this moment, on that chart.

Now, ask yourself where you want to be on this mood chart? Are you too depressed? Do you want to be happier? 

Are you too manic? Do you want to be more normal? 

Now, do whatever you have to do to get from where you are now, to where you want to be. For example if you are too high, imagine that red ball growing heavy, and falling lower.

If you are too low or depressed, imagine that you are bouncing your way out of depression. As many times as it takes, bounce your way out of depression…bouncing out of depression. Bouncing…bouncing…bouncing out of depression…..and bouncing into happiness…bouncing into happiness….

If you’re feeling anxious, imagine that the ball is vibrating, like it’s being dribbled way too fast. Now, just imagine slowing down that vibration, so it’s nice and calm. Nice and calm. Perfect.

Once you are in the place where you want to be, and the vibration is gone….just imagine rolling forward into time, all the way out into the future.

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