Transcendental meditation reduces caregiver stress



In the highly stressful field of healthcare, with high burnout rates, relief may be in sight. A recent study published in the JAMA Network reveals that healthcare professionals who practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) for three months experienced significant reductions in chronic stress, insomnia, anxiety, and emotional exhaustion.

Chronic job stress is the culprit of burnout, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms include feelings of exhaustion, increased mental distance from work or negativity, and reduced work effectiveness. Burnout not only severely affects healthcare workers, but also healthcare organizations and patients due to rapid staff turnover, limited patient access and care, and increased expenses health.

A recent national survey of 20,000 healthcare workers found that almost half suffered from burnout and 38% suffered from anxiety and depression. The survey found that stress scores were highest among nursing assistants, medical assistants and social workers.

How does transcendental meditation work?

Transcendental Meditation, also known as TM for short, involves using meditation and a single mantra, repeated silently, to maintain awareness while stilling the mind. In similar studies, the practice has been shown to be effective in minimizing anxiety, managing stress, and even lowering blood pressure for teachers, emergency medicine clinicians, and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. .

Training in mind-body techniques can counter the effects of employee stress and burnout as a tool to overcome the “fight or flight” response to chronic stressors. TM is one of the most studied meditation and relaxation programs in the United States. Performed seated in a comfortable position, ideally for 20 minutes twice a day, the technique involves the effortless use of a meaningless sound (mantra), which allows the mind to settle into higher levels of thought. calm and evoke deep relaxation.

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