Feeling Good during the COVID19 Epidemic
Virtual Therapeutics Can Help Us to Overcome the Psychological Burden of Coronavirus
Below you can find an easy self-help validated virtual therapeutic experience in English, Español, Français, Português do Brasil, Italiano, 한국인, 日本語, فارسی, հայերեն, Deutsche, Català, Română and Türkçe that can be experienced with a smartphone, helping you both to cope with the psychological burden of Coronavirus (anxiety, depression and reduced social connectdness) 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.
More, the coronavirus is forcing a significant portion of students and workers to reorganize their daily activities to accommodate the needs of distance learning and agile work (smart working). The daily use of these technologies has a significant impact on many identity and cognitive processes, including social and professional identity, leadership, intuition, mentoring, and creativity.
An Easy and Free 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 FREE social self-help virtual therapeutic experience, requiring just twenty minutes daily, helping you in relieving anxiety and stress and improving well-being and social connectedness.
A first effectiveness study has been published in the "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health". The intervention was associated with significant clinical outcomes, low-to-no risks for the treatment, and no adverse effects or risks. Our international team is also completing a multicentric randomized clinical trial (ISRCTN63887521).
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, հայերեն, 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 Efficacy
A first effectiveness study has been published in the "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health". The participants exhibited clinically relevant improvements from baseline to post-intervention for depression levels, stress levels, general distress and perceived stress and social connectednes (all p < 0.05) that were maintained from post-intervention to the 2-week follow-up (p > 0.05).
Our international team has also started a multicentric randomized clinical trial (ISRCTN63887521) whose protocol has been recently described in Frontiers in Psychiatry - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.563319/full - that is currently under testing in different countries.
The data related to the European part of the trial (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain) are available as pre-print here: https://psyarxiv.com/r23sa/. Data show that "COVID Feel Good intervention was associated a decrease in the perceived general distress and with an increase the perceived social connection."
If you are interested in joining our multicentric trial please write to. giuseppe.riva @ unicatt.it