With all the hype, it’s difficult for individuals and institutions to distinguish real data from wishful thinking. A recent study found that while scientific language is often used to describe all the thousands of mental health apps, less than 3 percent cite direct evidence associated with the app itself.
While many have found that evidence-based digital therapeutics using mindfulness can make real and lasting changes in people’s lives, it’s important that consumers carefully choose the program they engage with.
Too many of us deal with addictions or anxiety in silence, which is why it is so important to shine a light on legitimate solutions, especially those that are affordable and scalable. Evidence-based digital therapeutics are one such option.
Remember: You don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental illness to invest in your mental health. The vast majority of us can benefit from learning to more effectively interact with the world around us.
We have an opportunity to make a commitment to ourselves by investing time and resources into whatever mental health challenges we are experiencing, or simply improving our overall mental well-being.
We should all make an effort to prioritize and protect our mental health, and not be afraid to use mindfulness to help. When you start your mindfulness journey, whatever it may look like, be conscious about choosing a program that relies on science and empirical data to know that your endeavor will set you up for success.
Again, I’m not promising it will be a magic fix. To get the most out of mindfulness takes time and discipline. But I can promise that mindfulness is based on science.
Mindfulness is an extremely powerful and effective thing when it comes to taking care of your mental health. Mental health always comes first, and this is one of the best ways to make sure that you are happy, healthy and at peace.
If you want to know more about mindfulness, you can watch this video below:
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