We can all observe that fear, anxiety and stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on mental health over the last 15months. So it is good news that a new study suggests these symptoms may be alleviated through convenient online mindfulness practices.
Here is a neat trail involving 233 participants from across the world. The trail comprised a pre-session survey, a single 15-minute online mindfulness meditation session and a post-session survey. The surveys evaluated momentary stress, anxiety and COVID-19 concern. (Here)
The results were very positive:
- 89% of participants said the session was helpful
- 76% of participants reported decreased anxiety
- 80% reported decreased stress,
- and 55% had decreased COVID-19 concern
It is worth noting that a fifth participants were retired; suggesting that age did not prevent accessibility or effectiveness.
Online (or app based) self-help is “on demand” and so it is accessible to subjects wherever and whenever they prefer to use it. We have received many similar such comments for users of our own Rezl app. If you are someone you know is anxious about the impact of the pandemic or are worrying about the future then please contact us.