What is Stress?
Stress is caused by experience overload and undue pressure on the nervous system. During stress the levels of both cortisol and plasma-lactate – identified as ‘stress hormones' – increase. If our life-style subjects us to continual overload, these ‘stress hormones' are over-produced and this can lead to a variety of health problems, for example, headache, insomnia and high blood pressure.
How does TM help?
Research confirmed by Harvard Medical School in a study published in Scientific American found that during TM oxygen metabolism decreased by about twice as much as it did during deep sleep, creating a uniquely restful state of physiology.
This deep rest dissolves deep-rooted stress, tension and fatigue in the body leading to more energy in activity. At the same time it creates more orderly and coherent brain functioning which is experienced as increased clarity of thought, better mental focus and concentration, better memory and decision making throughout the day.
TM also increases the production of serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone' while also reducing the ‘stress hormones' of cortisol and adrenalin. This leads to significant reductions in stress and trait anxiety (worry and anxiety).
A meta-study by Stanford University of 146 separate studies of techniques to reduce trait anxiety published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology in 1989, found that TM was two times more effective at reducing anxiety than any other technique in the study: