Feeling Good during the COVID19 Epidemic
Virtual Reality Can Help Us to Overcome the Psychological Burden of Coronavirus
Here you can find an easy self-help virtual reality protocol in English, Español, Français, Português do Brasil, Italiano, 한국인, 日本語, فارسی, Deutsche, Català, Română and Türkçe that can be experienced with a smartphone, helping you both to cope with the psychological burden of Coronavirus and to exploit the opportunity for change this unique situation offers.
The Stress of Coronavirus
Crucially, lockdown and confinement measures isolate people who become the first and the only ones in charge of their own mental health.
People are left alone facing a novel and potentially lethal situation, and, at the same time, they need adaptive strategies to face it, at home.
An Easy and Free Self-help Solution
In this view, any strategy that aims to reduce the psychological burden of coronavirus is extremely necessary Crucially, given the mandatory loneliness resulting from lockdown measures, easy-to-use, inexpensive, and scientifically validated self-help solutions could be the key.
COVID Feel Good is a weekly social self-help protocol based on a virtual reality experience, requiring just twenty minutes daily, helping you in relieving anxiety and stress and improving well-being and social connectedness.
It is FREE and it requires just TWENTY MINUTES everyday for a week.
VR Video, Protocol and Instructions in English, Español, Français, Português do Brasil, Italiano, 한국인, 日本語, فارسی, Deutsche, Català, Română and Türkçe are available below.
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Using the Transformative Potential of Virtual Reality
The past 10 years have seen the development and maturation of several digital technologies that can have a critical role to enhancement of happiness and psychological well-being. In particular, the past decade has seen the emergence of a new paradigm: “Positive Technology,” the scientific and applied approach to the use of technology for improving the quality of our personal experience.
This VR protocol exploits the experiential power of our smartphones to feel you present in a digital place where you can relax and recover. In fact, what distinguishes VR from other media is the sense of "presence". The feeling of “being there” inside the virtual experience produced by the technology turns this technology into a powerful tool for supporting personal and clinical change.
More, as discussed recently by the Washington Post, different studies demonstrated that digital experiences of the natural world can impact health and well-being.
The Clinical Trial:
We are verifying the clinical efficacy of this protocol
Our international team has defined a research protocol recently published in Frontiers in Psychiatry - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.563319/full - that is currently under testing in different countries. The first results are available as Preprint here.
If you are interested in joining our multicentric pragmatic controlled trial please write to. giuseppe.riva @ unicatt.it