May’s group meeting will involve two mindfulness experts coming along and educating on how mindfulness can benefit individuals with bipolar.
Mindfulness is similar to meditation. It involves paying close and purposeful attention to thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Individuals are to notice whatever thoughts and feelings they are experiencing in a non-judgemental way.
It is reported that mindfulness can help individuals cope better with bipolar disorder in a number of ways:
- Enables people to become more sensitive to when their mood is switching and when symptoms of a high or a low are coming on.
- Can help someone be more accepting of their illness and deal better with changes in mental state.
- Recognize and reduce stress before it affects mental state.
- Can improve communication about someone’s bipolar with their family and friends.