Stress is the most central component of everyone’s long-term mental and physical health.
Studies show chronic stress directly impacts productivity and happiness, and can exacerbate or even lead to chronic illness down the line. Yet, it’s possible to intervene in this cycle and alleviate its effects through an engaging mindfulness practice.
76% of employees say they are stressed.
Worse, 46% report a moderate to high level of stress and 52% identify as severely burnt out.
Offer an immersive, safe environment.
By engaging people in a daily practice of mindfulness, they can calm more easily, to better cope with stress — and conquer it.
66% believe their employer could be doing more for wellbeing.
Stress in the workplace is directly linked to negative impact on job satisfaction, which has poor effects on culture, morale, motivation, and focus.
Give people tools they will want to use.
Virtual Reality offers employees a stigma-free opportunity for building resilience against stress in their own way — in their own home, on their own time.
People working in the most stressful jobs rarely get the help they need.
45% of nurses and workers at the frontlines of COVID-19 say they are unlikely to have emotional support.
Support that's easy to adopt and roll out.
Our Virtual Reality experiences give hospital systems and other employee populations a moment of respite on the job, when stress can feel most acute, then continue to offer a support system at home.
How We Approach Stress Reduction.
Quick, modular meditation and mindfulness sessions that can be completed at one’s own pace.
A tailored experience that lets you pick from a range of meditation settings and track progress daily.
Interviews and patient narratives that help educate and encourage.
Improved stress response that rewires the brain in a natural way, reducing the impulse to turn to quick-fixes or despair.
How does stress affect me, and how does a mindfulness practice change the way my body reacts to it?
Stress in the body can be measured by levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When mindfulness practice is learned and maintained over time, research shows that cortisol production may be reduced, sometimes resulting in decreased inflammation, which has potential benefits for long-term health. Even the simplest tool of taking three mindful breaths with long exhalations can signal the body and mind to begin to relax during moments of stress.
Can anyone benefit from this program?
Yes. Mindfulness has been an established, effective practice for stress reduction in the west for over 40 years. There is a strong body of evidence to support its use in lowering stress, improving focus, and addressing anxiety and depression. The great thing about mindfulness is that it’s an internal resource everyone can cultivate. Once you’ve learned the skill, you can deploy it anytime, anywhere.
Why is mindfulness so important for managing our modern way of life?
So many work-place related ailments are associated with stress. So much of our time is spent thinking about the past and the future — and mindfulness brings your awareness to the present moment. In an increasingly stimulating and demanding world, this can translate into important benefits. Learning to anchor our attention in the present helps us meet the demands of everyday life and build resilience in the face of challenges, while also helping us find beauty in the moment. In the workplace, mindfulness has been shown to improve employee well-being and job satisfaction while reducing stress and burnout, issues that lead to absenteeism and loss of productivity in the workforce.
How long does the program take to “work”?
People who use CenteredVR have seen improvements in as little as four weeks. 85% of them reported significant stress reduction after 4 weeks and 89% said they wanted to see the program as an employee benefit long-term.
Are BehaVR’s stress reduction programs just for employees?
Nope — we believe anyone can benefit from CenteredVR. For example, when used with children, mindfulness has been shown to be effective in reducing depression and negative affect and improving psychological functioning. In the elderly population, mindfulness has been shown to have emotional and social benefits. Studies have shown that mindfulness is an effective tool to manage depression and anxiety, and even to manage pain.
Why use virtual reality (VR) to learn mindfulness?
Virtual reality is an immersive experience, which makes it easy to shut out the rest of the world, quickly calm the nervous system, and focus on building new tools and techniques. Emotional regulation and better management of our stress response is modulated by a part of our brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC). When we are under stress, we engage the primitive parts of our brains that cause us to react. However, mindfulness and VR activate the PFC, the “wise” part of our brain involved in making decisions and higher-order thinking. VR also helps deactivate the amygdala, a part of the brain which sets our stress response into motion. Essentially, mindfulness and VR can work with your brain to lower your stress level.
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