WILD 5 Wellness: Impact of a Five-Pronged 30-Day Wellness Program on Individuals Taking Mental Health Psychotropic Medications and Community Dwellers Not Taking Psychotropic Medications
This study reports changes in global wellbeing, as well as improvements in each of these five elements. The study participants were divided into 'taking psychotropic medication' and 'not taking psychotropic medication' groups. Pre-post scores on the various psychometric instruments were analyzed using a computer statistical package (StatPlus). Each of the eight trackable components (mood, anxiety, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, emotional eating, and mental wellness) showed numeric improvements and all met statistical significance in pre-post scores (p<.05). We also showed a strong co-relationship between adherence to the program with positive outcomes on positive mental wellbeing. More specifically, the mean age of participants on psychotropics was 45.9 and those not on psychotropics was 38.3. There were 4 males and 14 females in both groups. Compliance with the five individual wellness interventions was approximately the same in both groups - in the psychotropic group, ranked from highest to lowest as follows: social connectedness, sleep, nutrition, exercise, mindfulness. In the non-psychotropic medication group, the compliance ranking of highest to lowest was exactly the same. The order of 'most helpful' interventions from highest to lowest in the 'on psychotropic medication group' was as follows: exercise, mindfulness, social connectedness, nutrition, and finally sleep. In the 'not on psychotropic medication' group, the order of most helpful to least helpful wellness interventions were: nutrition, exercise, sleep, mindfulness, and finally, social connectedness. In addition, in both groups, these five wellness interventions produced statistically significant improvements in objective measures on mood, anxiety, wellness, sleep, mindfulness and social connectivity.