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Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps people to relate directly to their experiences. It is the effort to be continuously present in the moment, with the experience. Being able to control thoughts and feelings this way increases the ability to manage difficult situations, make wise choices and experience less stress. And, you can practice online.
New research reveals a 58% reduction in anxiety, 57% reduction in depression and a 40% reduction in perceived stress after completing a course online in mindfulness. A month after the course ended, further reductions were measured showing a lasting effect. The benefits were comparable to face-to-face mindfulness courses despite the expected benefits of group and therapist interaction for recovery.
It seems an individual’s ability to access the program on their own accord as well as practicing in familiar surroundings enable them to use the skills more effectively and recall them more easily. “The study shows great potential for the role of online technology in delivering mindfulness courses to decrease stress, anxiety and depression. This is the first known study to measure how much time spent practicing mindfulness online will bring about a positive change, with more mindfulness practice significantly improving stress, anxiety and depression,” said Adele Krusche of the University of Oxford’s School of Department of Psychiatry.
“The concept of mindfulness has really hit the headlines in the last few years. Not only is it seen as an accessible, non-stigmatizing way of protecting our well-being, but now even more evidence points to its ability to improve people’s mental health. We hope this is just the beginning of a range of online interventions which are convenient, appropriate and cost-effective in supporting those seeking mental health support.”
Source: MedicalNewsToday, BMJ Open
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