Research Says It’s The Best Meditation App For Anxiety

Providence, Rhode Island, U.S—Research from Brown University suggests this could be the best meditation app for anxiety.

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, many people are searching for the best apps for anxiety. Mindfulness apps often come top of the bunch, with applications like Headspace and Calm pulling in millions of dollars last year, and rising.  

But the best meditation app for anxiety may not be one of the big names. Instead it may be a more moderately sized app called Unwinding Anxiety, which is available for smartphones on both iOS and Android platforms.

A fascinating study from Brown University has shown big benefits of the app for anxiety.

Specifically, the researchers were interested in investigating the effect that the app Unwinding Anxiety had on physicians.

The researchers worked with 34 physicians to determine how effective the Unwinding Anxiety app is for anxiety.

The current pandemic is putting incredible stress on doctors, nurses, an physicians, along with other health care professionals, including those in the mental health field.  

The research, published in the peer-review journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth, suggests that the app may indeed be highly effective at reducing physician burnout and anxiety. And the important thing to realise is this: anxiety is the same for most people. While the research specifically targeted physicians, it is reasonable to assume that the results of this study would be applicable for the majority of people.

So, what did the research show?  

Research revealed benefits of the Unwinding Anxiety app for Anxiety

The research highlighted that there are indeed benefits of the Unwinding Anxiety app for anxiety sufferers.

In order to test the efficacy of the application, researchers examined the levels of anxiety present in 34 physicians. In order to test the physicians’ anxiety the researchers used the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), which is a self-report scaled that is used for analysing levels of anxiety in clinical settings. This is actually the same test that I myself used when I suffered from anxiety, and from personal experience I did find it to be incredibly accurate.

The physicians were then given the app Unwinding Anxiety. The application is a mindfulness app that provides 10 minute daily training to help relieve anxiety.  The tools in the application are available to do whenever you want to.

Opening the app, you are given various mindfulness training sessions that are effective for reducing anxiety levels. The basis of the app is that it increases present-moment mindfulness, which in turn reduces anxiety [READ: Meditation For Anxiety].

The researched revealed that the training sessions used in Unwinding Anxiety significantly reduced the levels of anxiety in the physicians who were tested.

The researchers observes a 48% decrease in anxiety after just one month of using the app. After three months of using the app, anxiety levels had dropped by a staggering 57%. As well as helping reduce anxiety levels, the app also decreased cynicism and emotional exhaustion.

The researchers state, “This pilot study is the first to test an app-based mindfulness training program targeted at reducing anxiety with physicians and to demonstrate that in physicians, anxiety is correlated with burnout,” the findings declared.

Research Says It’s The Best Meditation App For Anxiety


Providence, Rhode Island, U.S—Research from Brown University suggests this could be the best meditation app for anxiety.

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, many people are searching for the best apps for anxiety. Mindfulness apps often come top of the bunch, with applications like Headspace and Calm pulling in millions of dollars last year, and rising.  

But the best meditation app for anxiety may not be one of the big names. Instead it may be a more moderately sized app called Unwinding Anxiety, which is available for smartphones on both iOS and Android platforms.

A fascinating study from Brown University has shown big benefits of the app for anxiety.

Specifically, the researchers were interested in investigating the effect that the app Unwinding Anxiety had on physicians.

The researchers worked with 34 physicians to determine how effective the Unwinding Anxiety app is for anxiety.

The current pandemic is putting incredible stress on doctors, nurses, an physicians, along with other health care professionals, including those in the mental health field.  

The research, published in the peer-review journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth, suggests that the app may indeed be highly effective at reducing physician burnout and anxiety. And the important thing to realise is this: anxiety is the same for most people. While the research specifically targeted physicians, it is reasonable to assume that the results of this study would be applicable for the majority of people.

So, what did the research show?  

Research revealed benefits of the Unwinding Anxiety app for Anxiety

The research highlighted that there are indeed benefits of the Unwinding Anxiety app for anxiety sufferers.

In order to test the efficacy of the application, researchers examined the levels of anxiety present in 34 physicians. In order to test the physicians’ anxiety the researchers used the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), which is a self-report scaled that is used for analysing levels of anxiety in clinical settings. This is actually the same test that I myself used when I suffered from anxiety, and from personal experience I did find it to be incredibly accurate.

The physicians were then given the app Unwinding Anxiety. The application is a mindfulness app that provides 10 minute daily training to help relieve anxiety.  The tools in the application are available to do whenever you want to.

Opening the app, you are given various mindfulness training sessions that are effective for reducing anxiety levels. The basis of the app is that it increases present-moment mindfulness, which in turn reduces anxiety [READ: Meditation For Anxiety]. This is one of the main reasons why mediation helps with anxiety

The researched revealed that the training sessions used in Unwinding Anxiety significantly reduced the levels of anxiety in the physicians who were tested.

The researchers observes a 48% decrease in anxiety after just one month of using the app. After three months of using the app, anxiety levels had dropped by a staggering 57%. As well as helping reduce anxiety levels, the app also decreased cynicism and emotional exhaustion.

The researchers state, “This pilot study is the first to test an app-based mindfulness training program targeted at reducing anxiety with physicians and to demonstrate that in physicians, anxiety is correlated with burnout,” the findings declared.

This is one of the most significant studies into the effect of a mindfulness app for anxiety. And it certainly appears as though the app works.


Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation. You can read his books on Amazon

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