People who meditate regularly say they are better focused, sleep better, and love life too!
NEW YORK – More than three-quarters of Americans have increased their use of digital tools that support their mental health during the pandemic. In a recent survey of 2,003 adults polled, 76% said the stress of the public health crisis made them self-care more than they had before. Meditation, in particular, is found to be quite beneficial for people who practice it regularly.
Some of the tools respondents find most effective in improving their mental well-being include self-care videos and channels on streaming services (42%), leisure-related programs like online yoga classes or artistic tools (33%) and the use of mental health. applications (33%).
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Kaiser Permanente, the survey also found that 48% of people who practice self-care are looking for ways to positively cope with emotional distress related to anxiety, depression and anger.
Meditation helps people deal with stress
Forty percent said financial challenges were the concern they wanted to address. Some 39 percent cited health concerns and 37 percent indicated that difficulties with family and friends were a cause for concern. Other concerns identified by respondents include loneliness and social challenges (35%), intimate relationship issues (33%), concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic (33%), and other current events (29 %), and worries about work and school (26%).
To help manage their mental load, 57% meditate regularly as part of their self-care routine, on average two hours per week. That works out to about 18 minutes a day – or 109 hours a year.
Respondents cited many benefits of these meditation sessions, including better focus (60%), better sleep (57%), better emotional control (51%), and better sexuality (42%). About half of those polled say they have looked for ways to deal with substance abuse issues in the past two years. The self-care tools they found most helpful in doing this included meditation apps (52%), in-person therapy (45%), and virtual therapy (43%).
“The events of the past few years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have clearly had an impact on our emotional well-being,” said Cosette Taillac, LCSW, vice president for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente, in a statement. “Digital self-care tools for mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help build resilience and provide useful and accessible self-help tools for those in emotional distress. “
Is there a ‘wrong way’ to approach mental health?
Although more than half of those surveyed expressed interest in improving their mental health with new digital tools, some are still hesitant to do so. Forty-two percent think these tools look complicated, while 41 percent worry about their online privacy or don’t think digital tools will be as effective as real tools. A quarter of those surveyed are afraid of “doing things wrong”.
“Digital self-care tools are not intended to replace the care of a trained mental health clinician,” explains Taillac. “But evidence-based applications can complement this care and promote overall emotional well-being. This is especially true when the app has been approved and recommended by a trusted healthcare provider, increasing the chances that patients will feel comfortable using the resource.