Mindfulness is a term used to describe a set of several strategies which are designed to change the way people think about everyday life. By helping to focus attention on present experience and away from potentially distressing thoughts about the past or future, mindfulness meditation helps to reduce tension and worry and improve coping. The Mindfulness Coach mobile app was created to introduce the concept of mindfully focusing attention and to facilitate the acquisition of the skill through practice. The Mindfulness Coach mobile app was developed by psychologists at the Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD in collaboration with DCoE’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).
The features of Mindfulness Coach include:
- Detailed walkthroughs for nine forms of mindfulness meditation, each including voice-guided sessions with captions and instructions for self-guided sessions
- A session log for tracking mindfulness practice
- Educational materials about the benefits of mindfulness
Mindfulness Coach was developed for people who may be experiencing emotional distress and for those wanting to maintain healthy coping practices. The app can be used on its own by those who would like mindfulness tools, or to augment face-to-face care with a health care professional. It is not intended to replace psychotherapy or other treatment for those who need it.