According to a recent study published in the Journal of American College Health, a randomized controlled trial of Koru Mindfulness revealed that participants found improvements in four areas:

  1. Perceived stress: the degree to which one feels like life has been unpredictable, uncontrollable, or overwhelming. Results: Whereas perceived stress scores for the control group did not change over time (t = 0.71, p = .48), perceived stress decreased significantly in the Koru group (t = 3.62, p = .001). A medium effect size on perceived stress was observed for Koru compared to the Waitlist control.
  2. Sleep problems: initiation (time to fall asleep), quantity (hours of sleep each night), maintenance, respiratory problems, perceived adequacy of sleep, and somnolence (daytime sleepiness). Results: Whereas sleep quality scores for the control group did not change over time (t =0.03, p = .98), overall sleep quality improved significantly in the Koru group (t = 3.04, p = .003). A medium effect size on sleep problems was observed for Koru compared to the Waitlist control.

  3. Mindfulness: includes attention, awareness, acceptance, and present-focus. Results: Whereas mindfulness scores for the control group did not change over time (t =0.59, p = .56), mindfulness increased significantly in the Koru group (t = −6.60, p < .001). A large effect size on mindfulness of thoughts and feelings was observed for Koru compared to the Waitlist control.

  4. Self compassion:  tendency to treat yourself with kindness and understanding rather than harsh judgment and criticism during difficult times, to perceive difficult experience as part of common humanity, and to consider difficult thoughts and experiences as separate from the core self. Results: Whereas self-compassion total scores for the control group did not change over time (t = −0.20, p = .84), they improved significantly in the Koru group (t=−6.38, p < .001). A large effect size on total self-compassion scores was observed for Koru compared to the Waitlist control.

If any of these issues are relevant for you, then it might be worth giving Koru Mindfulness a try!

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