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How I Use Mindfulness to Help with Hypomania

I wrote in a post titled Using Meditation to Diagnose Your Mood that one of the benefits of meditation to a person with a mental illness is the ability to detect episodes early. Well, I’m in one.

It’s been hard to sit at all, let alone for the 30 minutes I meditate each day. I find myself agitated and fidgety. My thoughts are all over the place.

This is not unusual during meditation, but in taking note of the subjects of my thoughts, I can see hypomania creeping in. I’m thinking of buying stuff. I’m thinking of trading stocks. I’m thinking of another career change, discarding good ideas for more exciting, if undoable, ones.

All of my thoughts are about getting and doing. Anything. Right now I feel smarter, more creative, and more energetic than I usually do. That might be dangerous, but that’s what I’m feeling, and that’s what I encounter during meditation.

And here’s where mindfulness meditation really helps.

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How I Use Mindfulness to Help with Hypomania

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  1. I just wanted to say thank you so much for this article. I’m into my third week of the Headspace program and feeling REALLY GOOD about the whole thing – suspiciously really good, if you catch my drift.
    I think this two week rule may save me from making an ass of myself. Very useful.
    Namaste or whatever!


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