Introspection and learning how to be self aware of patterns has helped tremendously with my recovery. Picking up on the lack of sleep, barely eating, and slowly isolating myself let’s me know that an possible episode is coming. A lot of times they are inevitable, so I just have to ride the wave until it passes. Especially with seasonal changes.
Keeping track can be done personally or if you have a great support system, make them aware to look out for the signs.
Let me know what has worked for you because it could help someone else.