There are several areas of behavior mania I am working on: yelling less, healthy eating, more exercise, gossiping less. I have added one more behavior: talking less, listening more. As a bipolar, I can get a motor mouth fairly easily, unfortunately for my wife, as I tend to do this w/her. Concomitantly, I get irritated because she so so quiet and does not respond verbally to me as often as I want. This sometimes results in a spat, and ends up frustrating me.
The most interesting thing is that I think I am learning that the complex of bhaviors I am focusing on are interlinked; porgress in one area can elicit progress in another, and alternately, going backwards in one area can stimulate regression in the others.
I am glad that I have added talking less, listening more to this list of behaviors. Even when you have been through recovery from bipolar, usually residual symptoms hang around, like talking nonstop at times. Bipolars must manage their behavior with care, for example, in the areas of driving, over-spending, sexual indiscretions, crazy sleep patterns, temper, flight of thoughts, grandiosity, etc. Also, being a motor mouth. Medication is a big help, but as I said, residual symptoms remain, though in many areas I have achieved stable positive patterns. Recovery continues.