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Single mindfulness and compassion session found to aid mental health

Single mindfulness + compassion session aids mental health

A single-session mindfulness and compassion intervention may lead to meaningful reductions in perceived stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to a study published online in PLOS ONE.

Mikael Rubin, Ph.D., from University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of a newly developed, manualized, mindfulness-based single-session on self-reported loneliness.

Analysis included 91 adults randomly assigned to a one-hour mindfulness-only telehealth intervention, a one-hour mindfulness and compassion telehealth intervention, or a one-week waitlist control (before random assignment to an active intervention).

The researchers found that compared to the control, the inclusion of a component led to meaningful reductions in perceived stress (b = −3.75), anxiety (b = −3.79), and depression (b = −3.01). No benefit was seen for loneliness at the one-week follow-up, but by the two-week follow-up, there was a moderate decrease in loneliness across both conditions.

"This was the first single session mindfulness intervention intended to specifically target symptoms of loneliness," the authors write. "Given the degree to which the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increases in and stress, it was important to consider ways to address this concern in a relatively accessible and brief way."

More information: Mikael Rubin et al, Efficacy of a single session mindfulness based intervention: A randomized clinical trial, PLOS ONE (2024). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299300

Journal information: PLoS ONE

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