When i graduated from vet school a billion years ago one of the speakers used the premise of serendipity in her speech. I haven’t thought of the word much since then until recently. I actually got a much needed job offer from this woman [most of my classmates already had jobs lined up by graduation] and i took her up on her offer and worked happily for/with her for 13 years.
Anyway, serendipity popped back into my head because i discovered by accident that burning myself in the oven helped put the brakes on a uncomfortably manic day. I happened to sizzle my hand on the broiler about a week ago and immediately felt the vibration and electricity ease in my head and body.
A couple of days ago when i felt too much energy again, i purposely preheated the oven to 425,, put a pizza pan in to heat and used that to burn myself, resulting in a 2nd degree burn on my forearm. Today my T looked at the bandage on my arm and asked me if i had cut too deep. “No, it’s a burn, it helps slow me down.” He frowned inside and moved on.
I did a little reading about self harm and bipolar disorder and it seems that some people use self harm during depressed and/or manic phases. I’m certainly not advocating this behavior for anyone else, but for me it’s good to find a non-medicinal approach to slowing things down to a manageable level.