PNF and Movement 2023; 21(2): 203-212
Effects of Stretching and Meditation on Anxiety, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Sequelae of COVID-19
Seung-Min Lee1⋅Jae-Cheol Park, P.T., Ph.D.2†
1Department of Student Counseling Center, Chunnam Techno University
2Department of Physical Therapy, Chunnam Techno University
Correspondence to: Jae-Cheol Park (
Received: June 5, 2023; Revised: June 24, 2023; Accepted: June 27, 2023; Published online: August 31, 2023.
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Purpose: This study aims to confirm the effects of stretching and meditation intervention on mental health-related anxiety, depression, and quality of life in college students in their 20s with sequelae of COVID-19.
Methods: 30 men and women were randomly assigned to the stretching and meditation intervention group (10 people), the stretching intervention group (10 people), and the meditation group (10 people), and the experiment was conducted for 4 weeks. As for the analysis method, a paired t-test was performed for intra-group changes after 4 weeks, and one-way analysis of variance was performed for between-group changes. In addition, the significance level was set at 0.05.
Results: Within-group changes in anxiety and depression were significantly different in all groups after 4 weeks (p < 0.05). There was a significant difference between SMG and SG and between SMG and MG in the change between groups after 4 weeks (p < 0.05). In the change in quality of life, there was a significant difference in all groups after 4 weeks (p < 0.05). There was also a significant difference between SMG and MG in the change between groups after 4 weeks.
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, the combined method of meditation and stretching intervention had a positive effect on the mental health of adults in their 20s and suggests the possibility of using it to improve mental health after recovering from COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19, Meditation, stretching

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