Coping with stress

"The Black Plague of the 21st Century"

According to Business Matters (Nov. 2012), 13 million employees in the UK (out of a total of 38m) are at risk of mental health problems caused by the stress of their jobs.


The regular practice of Transcendental Meditation has been shown to help remove the accumulated damage caused by stress, and develop resilience to future challenges. What is more, it's effortless and enjoyable.

TM allows the nervous system to naturally access a state of deeply restful alertness, and the compulsive "chatter" in the mind decreases. This also allows the brain to process information, learn, and be creative in a way that it can't when it's stuck in the stress mode.

Performance improves because the nervous system is simply better rested, fresher, and more stable. The mind is naturally clearer, decision making easier, and the emotions more balanced. Dependence on external props like alcohol is less.

What people say ...

"Feeling more rested, and feeling on top of my game all the time is the really key thing about it. I'm often dealing with stressful situations. Before I did TM, small things would go wrong and I'd have a panic! It was a terrible feeling. But now I feel like I'm in control, and I can assess the situation and make the best of it, and keep everyone calm at the same time. I feel really strong and level, emotionally."

- Amanda Leat, Digital Agency Director

"I think I'm able to give more, because somehow that clarity and vision has been given to me by TM, and I'm therefore able to feel do that much more without it ever feeling a burden, as it might have done in the years before TM."

- Michael Andrew, Financial Advisor

"Being able to resolve conflicts within a team - which there often are in the kind of work that we do - is extremely important. I've found Transcendental Meditation an extraordinarily important tool for doing that."

- James Scott, Corporate Finance

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TM and the brain
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The stress syndrome

Other published findings include improved ...

  • employee health
  • job performance, satisfaction
  • creativity, problem solving
  • leadership ability
  • work and personal relationships
  • … and reduced anxiety, depression

Stanford University study

This analysis of all 146 published studies on relaxation and anxiety showed that Transcendental Meditation was twice as effective in reducing anxiety as other techniques including the relaxation response, systematic muscular relaxation, and muscle biofeedback. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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How TM relieves stress

Bernadette van den Hout
Psychiatrist, NHS

"The profound relaxation, and the ease with which people adopt this technique – which is so simple to learn no matter what background, intellect or age – makes Transcendental Meditation stand out from other relaxation techniques. The special state of restful alertness that it produces accounts for the profound effects of Transcendental Meditation on physiology, mind, and emotions – including anxiety and depression."

Always take medical advice

If you feel that stress is seriously disrupting your life, you should consult your GP. While doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists do recommend Transcendental Meditation for coping with stress, results may vary from individual to individual, according to circumstances.

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Norman Rosenthal MD

"No other stress management technique has anywhere close to this amount of hard data in support of its claims to reduce stress."

Norman Rosenthal, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, author of Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation.

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40% of all work-related illness in the UK is due to stress.
The major cause is excessive workload, pressure and responsibility. The most common symptom is anxiety and depression.

- Labour Force Survey 2012

"Stress costs UK economy £3.7bn
Stress is among the biggest problems in British workplaces."

- Business Matters 20/11/2012