Case Study: Boulder Valley School District

Study shows stress down 20% in 4 weeks! In a study of teachers and administrators from the Boulder Valley School District, 90 participants filled out both before and after surveys. A total of 58 participants completed the core program of 28 days of practices using the app and 32 participants did not use the app.

The app users experienced an average reduction in stress level of 20% during the period while those who did not use the app had less than 6% reduction. About 43% of those who completed the DeStressify program had very dramatic improvement in stress levels (2 to 5 points better on a 10 point scale.) Additionally, those who did not use the app were 3.5 times more likely to have had increases in stress over the period.

Participants rated the app 7 out of 10 in both overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend to a friend and 7.5 out of 10 in ease of use.


What participants had to say about DeStressify:

  • The 5 to 10 minute exercises fit into anyone's schedule and take me away from a stressful state almost as soon as I start focusing on my breath.
  • I liked the pop up reminder at lunch. I liked the content, and it was an easy way to get a little therapeutic session in during a day.
  • easy to use anywhere
  • So nice to have a concrete relaxation/stress reduction tool at hand. It is at my fingertips, which make me far more likely to use it.
  • It's a great program. A wonderful resource of all different kinds of guided meditations.
  • Great app for your phone..helps with diet, mindfulness, relation, stress...great reminders...supportive, creative
  • I already have recommended it...that it is a wonderful way to learn from some of the best in the field.
  • I really like the daily reminders and the huge variety of programs -- from T'ai Ch'i to Yoga to seated guided meditation. There's something for everyone.
  • I'd say that it's an easy way to encourage yourself to just take a few minutes each day to de-stress and to remember what's important in life.
  • It put things into perspective and grounded me.
  • I have told 4 different people how much I love it and told them to download it.
  • This is an app that helps you to remember to take time each day for yourself. It's easy to use and it helps you to integrate new healthier patterns into daily living without making a big deal out of it.
  • There is a lot of very useful information here, research articles, health topics, different choices for meditations.
  • It made me more mindful of my habits, and reactions to difficulties in my life.
  • One of the benefits of DeStressify is the daily reminder that pops on my phone. The reminder, just by itself, often brings me back to the present moment.
  • I learned a lot from this app, the reminders helped me to stay committed to the schedule I set up for myself. The exercises were useful and I liked completing them each day. I have enjoyed adding the exercises to my daily routine.
  • DeStressify provided the structure for me to pay attention to and manage stress - I needed that structure
  • It has been a great way to focus on myself so I can be a better and less stressed person and it doesn't take a lot if time.
  • I would recommend this app to certain students.
  • Amazing meditations. I am SO glad to have this app. It is unique to any other. I like the variety of tools offered: spoken meditations, writing prompts, music, exercise. I have paid far more for stupid apps that have offered a lot less. Congrats!!
  • I liked getting the reminder every day to meditate. I really liked the days when a person's voice helped me to focus and walk through the journey. I liked having the stress levels to measure and keep data.
  • It helped me become more aware of what causes stress and how to help myself let go of stress.
  • I find that my perceived stress level has dropped from around 6 to between 3 and 4 after doing the exercises. I only use the practices at home and am looking forward to trying them at school.
  • I used the meditations at work and this lessened my stress and increased my focus.
  • I have been dealing with a lot of personal stress and loss of a family member this year, and it helped me refocus my thoughts and emotions in a positive way.
  • Habits to lower stress are continually improving how I approach others both professionally and personally.
  • I am more calm at work.
  • Calmed me in stressful situations
  • Helps me to unwind at the end of the work day.
  • Both (professionally and personally), it has helped me deal with difficult issues in both areas of my life. Helps me get to sleep or get back to sleep when my mind is very active.
  • It has added to my overall mindfulness in my everyday life.
  • It has helped me feel less stressed after a short session!
  • The practices are basics that every person on the planet should have access to and use often. I really enjoy the practices that had me write or practice forgiveness. I know I can go back to these when necessary to truly destress.
  • It has helped support the Mindfulness/Stress reduction class that i just completed. The 2 go very well together. Has helped me to manage stress, relax, support my meditation practice.
  • It gets you to think about taking time for yourself to not think about work. It is a healthy reminder that if you take 10 minutes away from work to "destress" you may find that you actually are more productive and open minded while you are working.
  • I am recovering from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. One of the symptoms is a nervous system that's kind of haywire. I have really enjoyed using this app to get centered and calm.
  • Personally it helped me steer away from dealing with my stress with unhealthy methods like eating and realize that I already have all the tools I need to deal with the problems in my life.
  • DeStressify has helped to ground me after a long day. I have also used this with a social/emotional group and the kids have enjoyed it.
  • Has helped me personally get through a difficult time in my life...thank you VERY much!
  • It increased my awareness of what I can do to take control of myself and my reactions to what is going on around me. The last few weeks have been stressful, but I had a deeper sense of awareness and calm that gave me some distance from getting sucked into all the junk.
  • It made me more mindful of my habits, and reactions to difficulties in my life.
  • I have learned some new techniques to relax at the end of the day that I plan to continue using. I have found I looked forward to the practice each day. I really enjoyed the text exercise on "living with intention" I have brought that practice into my daily life
  • I think personally it has been great for me. I love that it reminds me daily to reflect and pause for a few moments to find my center again.
  • It has helped me better deal with the natural stresses that come and go with my job. I am able to disconnect these stresses from me more than before.
  • It is another tool to put in the toolbox for helping me with stress. I like how portable it is since it's in my phone.
  • I feel more in control
  • I feel like it had given me a quick and easy way to take a few minutes for myself each day and this has helped me feel less stressed out.
  • It has made me more mindful about eating and living.
  • reminding me to take time out to take care of myself. having everything I need on my phone so I can do a little practice even while waiting for my children to come out of school.
  • DeStressify gave me something to lean on after a hard day of work and a way to release each day's stress.
  • Many of the areas where underlying stress was coming from I wasn't really aware of before starting the program. Things like an inability to trust others or allow myself a very high level of happiness are things I never considered as sources of stress and I continue to use the app to work on.
  • I have utilized some of the meditations to myself during situations in which I needed a little mantra to get myself to shift out of the negative thought cycle- at work.
  • I have been wanting to learn how to meditate. This really came a good time. I was kind of seeking for something like this but didn't know where to look. I used the meditating for times outside just my scheduled times as well when I felt stress during the day. I will keep using it.
  • I've switched jobs, but continuing a piece of my current job. This has been a challenging transition, but I do not find myself overwhelmed. My sleeping has gotten better (real root of problems is aging female issues). I am calmer in my interactions with my teenaged sons.
  • It has given me the tools to de stress at anytime as things arise at work.
  • This is a really neat idea. DeStressify has helped to rejuvenate my practice.
  • Very cool idea, and I hope this developer does more and adds to it. Thanks!
  • Thank you so much!!! I use this app every day. I think the SMART class and this app complement each other well and those who take the class will get more out of the app.
  • Thank you for letting me be a part of this.
  • I've enjoyed the short activities that I can fit into a busy schedule. I also like the large collection of samples that I can try before I buy.
  • It's great to have this program as an App on my phone because it allowed me to use it whenever I had a few minutes free and I could find a quiet place.
  • Love this and want to keep doing it!
  • Most of the material I have seen or tried before - but having it all together with the daily reminders really helped me to actually do it!
  • It is a good idea which pulls a lot of resources together, but as with all things it requires discipline.
  • Thank you for this opportunity! I will continue to use the app myself and recommend it to friends and family
  • I love that there's an option to track activity and nutrition.
  • I realize that it takes a long time to change patterns in my life that have been with me for so long
  • This has been of great benefit
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