OBJECTIVE: In the emergency context of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, mindfulness relaxation techniques can provide a safe and effective strategy to obtain in a reasonably short time some degree of relief from suffering and to guarantee a greater confidence with emotional reactions in the general population.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for coping with COVID-19 emergency was designed as an 8-week program during the early phase of lockdown consisting in practice meditation exercises at least once a day guided and structured by certified instructors entered on a free online platform. At the end of the program all participants completed a survey.
RESULTS: A total of 108 surveys were completed (67.6% male; 32.4% female). Despite the difficult moment of lockdown and the fear linked to the pandemic, 61.9% of interviewed subjects declared a state of general well-being from fair to good linked to the practice of mindfulness. Female subjects (p=0.001), married subjects (p=0.05) and people taking pharmacologic therapy demonstrated (p=0.009) significant improvement in daily management of emotions and practical requests during the early phase of the COVID-19 outbreak.
CONCLUSIONS: Mindfulness meditation may be effective in helping people to regulate emotions and to support their mental health during this period of worry and uncertainty.Free PDF Download
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S. Borghi, A. Nisticò, G. Marano, L. Janiri, G. Sani, M. Mazza
Beneficial effects of a program of Mindfulness by remote during COVID-19 lockdown
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 26 - N. 15