Mindfulness Apps Help Boost Mental Health, Survey Finds

In Healthcare, In The Press, Mental Health by Paul Howell

New research shows that more than eight in 10 people (86%) find mindfulness apps beneficial for improving their overall mental wellbeing.

According to the research from Vitality, more than half (56%) of respondents said they use mindfulness apps to help relieve stress, while just under half (49%) use them to improve their mental health. More than a third (34%) of respondents use mindfulness apps to improve their mood and 11% take advantage of them to improve their productivity at work.

However, despite mindfulness app users being happy to laud the benefits they reap from using them, they aren’t as forthcoming when it comes to letting people know that they use them. Indeed, 18% of respondents said they feel embarrassed using mindfulness apps around other people and 19% said they worry about being judged by their friends.

A proportion of mindfulness app users (15%) admitted that their partners didn’t even know they use them.

Melissa Britton, a positive psychology practitioner and Vitality coach, said: “It is really concerning to see how many people are embarrassed to admit they use mindfulness apps. As this research shows, the popularity of these apps is growing rapidly and people who use them say they are seeing an improvement in their mental health. Good mental health brings benefits to our physical mental health and quality of life.”

More than just mental health benefits

Mindfulness apps help promote better mental health and that in turn benefits our physical health and overall quality of life. That’s why any initiatives that also promote better mental health should be considered by businesses.

After all, poor mental health impacts an employee’s ability to do their job. In the short term they may not be as productive as they usually are. In the long term they could be off work for an extended period of time – something which neither employees nor employers want.

Mindfulness habits revealed

The research also found that the most popular time to use mindfulness apps was just before bed (32%) – a reality that suggests they help improve sleep. And it’s women who are more likely to follow this routine than men (41% vs. 30% respectively).

The majority of mindfulness app users (33%) spend between six and 10 minutes practicing mindfulness per session, with 13 minutes being the average session time. Interestingly, men were found to be more likely to undertake extended mindfulness sessions of up to 30 minutes than women.

Many passing mindfulness on to their children

The Vitality research also revealed that many people are introducing the benefits of mindfulness to their children. In fact, over half (52%) of those surveyed said they regularly practice mindfulness with their kids, with just over one in 10 (11%) dedicating carrying out mindfulness activities as often as four to six days a week.

Mindfulness, parents say, helps their children feel calm (43%), boosts their mental health and wellbeing (35%) and reduce anxiety (31%). The stats speak for themselves and confirm that mindfulness really has a part to play in all our daily lives.

I joined Premier Choice Group as an SME/Corporate Consultant in 2017 and look after the Healthcare & Protection needs of a nationwide portfolio. I began my career in Healthcare and Protection in 1985 with BUPA, before moving on to  Royal & Sun Alliance. In 2002, I became an Intermediary and worked with Private Clients, SME’s and Corporate clients on a local, national and international basis.