User Acceptance

When you are evaluating an online program for your organization, an important concern needs to be user acceptance. Do people like the offering, is it easy and pleasant to use?

We are happy to report, that the users of our evidence based mindfulness for stress reduction app have given the service excellent reviews in the domain of user acceptance and program usability. Below is feedback from users of the core Learn & Event sections of our EMB for Stress Relief app:

The program was easy to access. I think the mobile platform was a smart choice and designed beautifully.

The program was well structured. All guidance and instructions were clearly given.

The way it was done step by step learning new techniques everyday as you go.

That it was accessible 24/7 on demand and sessions weren’t particular long. It also seemed applicable in real life.

The training program helped me to calm my body and mind in stressful situations. In addition I liked the following 1) The tone of the instructor and the pace. 2) Lessons organized very well.

I liked the instructors relaxed and calm voice. I liked the fact that it took a few minutes in my day to relax and touch base with my body and emotions.

I liked the clear instructions given, and the examples explained that showed me how to apply it in my daily life. It was definitely easier easing into the program & the instructor was very encouraging & motivating.

The training program was engaging and I looked forward to daily participations. I had several stressful events over the summer and the program was beneficial in teaching skills to deal with the stressors and continue using what I have learned.

Behavior Change

User reviews of the Learn & Event sections of our EBM for Stress Relief app pertaining to lifestyle and behavior changes:

Have reduced smoking and my concentration power has increased.

I stopped drinking as much alcohol as before. More accepting to things/people around me.

Taking more timeouts in the day!

It has made it easier for me to detect when I am stressful, and the background focus/hits help me to apply in daily life.

Trying to relax more and think before I speak. I’m handling stressful situations much better.

I think the biggest take away from this program is the “stretch up and settle in” technique. I feel like I can do it anywhere and immediately feel calmer.

This program made me appreciate my thoughts and my body. I feel more relaxed and enthusiastic to think and do.

I have started getting up in the mornings and practicing it. Also, reduced smoking a bit.

I have been using the stretch up and settling in exercise quite often. It helps me relax and focus on important things in life.

I started meditating in morning.

Yes, I do better with focusing my attention and being more mindful of my body’s reaction to daily stressors. I set aside time to actually focus on tuning outside noise etc. out and actually just sitting quietly, closing my eyes and focusing.

More body awareness, using more “background focus.”

Simple techniques that built up and were pragmatic.

I liked the fact that some of the techniques did help me with some of my stress and that the instructor of the lessons seemed to be genuine.

User Reported Outcomes

In their own words, here is how EBM for Stress Relief app users describe the outcomes of the program as experienced by them.

It made me realize what I need to do when I am stressed or frustrated. Now, I can practice what the program taught me to relax.

Has made me much more calm and focused.
Relieved some stress from my life and gave me a method of acting for any future stress.

More accepting of things/people around me. Less stresses/better coping skills. Able to let past events go faster – instead of thinking about them all of the time

I appreciate the relationships I have with others. I appreciate that I want to know what I’m thinking/feeling at all times.

This training program has made me realize my strengths (I’m attentive to my body. Thoughts) but it has also made me realize I can put more effort into concentrating on a task

It has had a long lasting positive effect on my mind and body

I have been more aware of what goes on in my mind and in my body. It has helped me reduce stress to some extent but I believe practicing the techniques regularly will help me reduce stress further more.

Has helped me accept myself and made me more conscious of my body and surroundings.

By providing me with techniques and understanding of reducing or possible eliminating stress on a daily basis.

I think I don’t judge things much now. I try to accept the things as they are. I focus on my mind and body movements.

It has made me more accepting – I have noticed myself accepting situations I cannot control. I have mastered settling in. I just need to go it more often.

It has made me more calm and more importantly cope with any kind of body pain without the need of medicine.

I am more aware of sensations in my body, and really aware of the judging aspect. I never thought of judging my feelings, myself, or others in that context before. I do – reach up and settle in for a moment or so during my day.

Its helped me to relax when stressful things are going on, be more in tune with what I’m actually feeling and accept crappy situations even if they’re uncomfortable.

It made me realized how the negative energy of being judgmental (of myself or others) is detrimental to my well-being.

1) It has reduced my stress levels( at least immediately after each lesson) 2) I achieved a greater degree of sensory clarity. 3) It helped me to concentrate my thoughts more effectively.

Made me aware of how nice it is to “settle in.”
It has definitely helped me to be more self-aware, & to cope with my emotions better.

I think it has been a positive influence in my daily life, which can in turn contribute to a better quality of life. Overall, I enjoyed the program and feel it has a lot to offer.

More aware of different strategies to reduce stress.

Greater awareness of my body. Not sure if it changes stress, but it improved my mood. Feels like a good way of handling ups and downs of daily life without getting swept away in the feelings.