Bipolar Treatment and Mindfulness

Articles and blog posts relating to the treatment of bipolar disorder through mindfulness.

Blogs and Articles

What to Do to Silence Your Inner Self-Defeating Critic

Melody Moezzi
January 4, 2019

Despite that nasty voice in our heads that’s always saying “You can’t,” we are eternally worthy and useful. We can, and do!   “You’re lazy. You’re useless. You’re better off giving up,” I said to no one ever. Except, of course, if you count me. I could never imagine saying any of this to another...

READ MORE

Finding Your Financial Balance After The Holidays

Julie A. Fast
January 4, 2019

Are you in shock over holiday spending? Use these strategies to take control of your finances now and over the long term.   Do you ever look back over the past year and wish you had made better financial decisions? I do. When it comes to holiday spending, you’re not alone if you’re wondering, What...

READ MORE
bipolar wellness rituals

Managing Bipolar with Our Sacred Daily Rituals

Christine Yu
October 3, 2018

Keep up your self-care by embracing the simple pleasures that soothe your soul and ground you.   Joan of Pennsylvania, brackets her work day by keying up her favorite Pandora playlists. “I have about an hour commute each direction in my car, so it really helps me gear up for what might be a draining...

READ MORE

My Bipolar Fantasies of Disappearance, And Why I Always Return

Carin Meyer
November 10, 2017

Disappearance is easy in Alaska, but after decades of wanting to escape into the wilderness, I know now why I always come home.    By Carin Meyer   He simply got up and walked into the wilderness. His name was Justin and he was teenager living with a mental health condition, an affliction that affects...

READ MORE

How Meditation Helped Me Regulate Stress and Anxiety

​Jess Melancholia
November 2, 2017

It’s hard enough for people without bipolar to manage stress and anxiety.  The act of meditating can be an enormous help in regulating our moods.  By Jess Melancholia   Unfortunately, I never learned how to deal with stress and anxiety when I was growing up. My parents would stress over everything, from finances to food. ...

READ MORE

Stress Relief: Yoga On-the-Go

bp Magazine
September 13, 2017

You don’t need to take classes, devote countless hours or spend a lot of your money to get the most out of this ancient practice. By Christine Yu   Several times a day, the alarm on Erica R.’s phone rings, prompting her to stop working and retreat to a corner of her home jewelry studio....

READ MORE

Staying Stable While Grieving

Brad Hoefs
July 20, 2017

 It is natural to feel emotional and sad while grieving, but also remember to be cognizant of your bipolar disorder to avoid the destabilization of your mood. This post is dedicated to my Dad, David J. Hoefs My dad passed away on May 12th of this year (2017). He was the first person I knew...

READ MORE

The Art of Letting Your Dog Stop and Smell the Roses

bp Magazine
June 20, 2017

On your next dog walk try an easy way to practice mindfulness. Get into the zone and in the moment with your pooch and let them lead the way! Put away your distractions You can only exist in the present moment when you’re not doing anything else—including looking at your cellphone and listening to a...

READ MORE

3 Ways to Handle Bipolar Flashbacks

April Michael
May 16, 2017

Bipolar flashbacks can take a toll on the mind and body; but there are ways to manage this symptom   The past year has been remarkable in the lifecycle of my bipolar disorder because it is the first time I have experienced a total lack of symptoms. I could describe it as stability, or as...

READ MORE

Acceptance and commitment therapy helps co-existing anxiety

bp Magazine
April 17, 2017

March 1, 2017, STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Acceptance and commitment therapy appears beneficial for people with bipolar disorder who have co-existing anxiety, a small pilot study suggests. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) involves psychological interventions that encourage mindfulness, learning to accept painful thoughts and feelings as they are, and working around them to pursue new behaviors. Swedish researchers,...

READ MORE

Bipolar & Change: Major Upheavals and Coping

Beth Brownsberger Mader
November 19, 2016

I am writing this a week after the US presidential election. No matter how Americans may have voted, to say it has been an upheaval is an understatement. For many across the country, it is a time of mourning, a sense of grief and deep confusion, even pain and fear. For lots of others, it...

READ MORE

When Living Well is in Jeopardy

Brad Hoefs
November 6, 2016

In the last 14 years, I have had no major mood swings, episodes nor interruptions to my life due to having bipolar disorder. Yes, I do have bipolar disorder. Four of us in my family have bipolar, and my mother-in-law died from suicide due to bipolar. And I understand that you might assume that I...

READ MORE

Trauma: There Is Hope, You Are Not Alone!

Brad Hoefs
September 11, 2016

This past Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  A day that forever changed the USA.  It is impossible to remember the anniversary of it without remembering the trauma of it.  That trauma is at the heart of what forever changed the thinking of America. Every victim and victim’s family members that survived that day...

READ MORE

Bipolar Anxiety – Finding Your Particular Coping Skill

April Michael
July 19, 2016

As a mental health patient, and now as a mental health counselor, talking and learning about coping skills is an ever-present reality. As a patient I was given many suggestions to deal with my anxiety, probably the same ones you’ve heard over and over. Things like taking a bath, taking a walk, calling a friend,...

READ MORE

Bipolar & Mindfulness: Bringing Back Balance

Robin L. Flanigan
June 20, 2016

There is no perfect mood for meditation. However you’re feeling, take a few moments to ground yourself in the present. By Robin Flanigan   There is no perfect mood for meditation. However you’re feeling, take a few moments to ground yourself in the present. Here are two options, adapted from The Tao of Bipolar: Using...

READ MORE

Mindful Multitasking: 3 Quick Steps to De-Stress

Robin L. Flanigan
June 20, 2016

William Marchand, MD , an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah, stresses the value of mindfulness interventions in his book Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery. His patients with bipolar often cite the stress that comes from multitasking at work, such as keeping up with emails and talking with colleagues...

READ MORE

The Best Parts of Bipolar Disorder

April Michael
June 7, 2016

I wouldn’t wish bipolar disorder on anyone. It makes for a harrowing journey through life that is rife with struggles that many people never have to face. For me it created a misery so dark, a pain so deep that feelings themselves became lost in the abyss of my mind, growing like gnarled branches into...

READ MORE

Using Resilience & Positive Thinking as Antidotes to Self-Pity

Brad Hoefs
June 5, 2016

You can live well in spite of bipolar disorder by getting yourself ‘unstuck’ from the clutches of self-pity.   A few years ago, my wife and I went to my 40th high school class reunion. I had not seen many of my classmates since graduation. So, you can imagine how strange it was to see...

READ MORE

12 Keys to Living Well in Spite of Having Bipolar Disorder

Brad Hoefs
April 24, 2016

  Here are 12 key things that I have done and still do to live well in spite of having bipolar disorder: 1. Developed a wellness plan and have stuck to it. 2. Decided what I would think about; not letting my brain be on automatic pilot. 3. Accepted that living well was going to...

READ MORE

Questions to Ask Yourself When Emotionally Stuck

Brad Hoefs
April 10, 2016

Now and then you and I will hit a “speed bump” in life. I define a “speed bump” as those times in which I am troubled by something that happens or by what someone has done that I continue to ruminate over and over in my mind. And due to the ruminating, I get emotionally...

READ MORE