The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mental health toll on many, but a new study suggests we may find some relief in online mindfulness practices.
Wake Forest School of Medicine researchers say mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment, non-judgement awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Among study participants that did a 15-minute online mindfulness meditation session, 89 percent said the session was helpful, 76 percent reported decreased anxiety, 80 percent reported decreased stress, and 55 percent had decreased COVID-19 concern.
Lead researcher, Dr. Rebecca Wells, says, “We found that online mindfulness interventions may improve psychological health at a time of uncertainty. We were also encouraged by the survey responses, which showed a sense of connectedness and a desire to help others.” (EurekAlert!)