Preventing stress and its consequences for the health of Flight Attendants

“I have been astonished at the strength and scope of the research on TM – and of the technique’s potential for healing and transformation.”

– Dr. Norman Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

“The gains I’ve seen in my patients who took the TM instruction include increases in emotional stability, intuition, self-confidence, and mind-body integration.”

– Dr. Joanne Frankel, Psychiatrist

“Transcendental Meditation clears me for “take off”. This simple technique quiets my mind twenty minutes twice a day and gives me deep relaxation. It insures my ability to handle this demanding profession.
Some of the many benefits I’ve received from TM practice are stress and anxiety reduction, mental clarity and alertness, and an overall sense of well-being through many time zones and altitudes. TM transports me to a more fulfilling life in the air and on the ground”

– Cynthia Veglia, Flight Attendant for a major airline

The Problems

  • Flight attendants are a unique group of people, who, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, report symptoms consistent with probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Long time flight attendants experience chronic or recurring health problems that include measurable hearing loss, varicose veins, low backache, bunions, hearing loss, diminished pulmonary function, leg and joint fatigue, and early menopause.
  • The time-induced pattern of jet lag results in premature symptoms of aging.
  • Erratic time schedule and work demands can easily lead to drug and alcohol dependency.
  • Several studies dealing with fatigue and circadian factors in flight attendants show impaired memory performance, difficulty concentrating, and slower reaction time. There is also the possibility of chronic neurological and performance deterioration following disruption of biological daily rhythms due to constantly changing schedules that are unrelieved by adequate recovery time.
  • Increased fatigue and sleepiness results in mood disturbances, restlessness, and breakdown of social interactions. Sleepy people often report confusion, tension, anger, and depression as well as a decrease in vigor.

One practical solution

Thankfully, one can offset these problems with one solution in only twenty minutes twice each day. Over 600 research studies, including 360 peer-reviewed published studies, document benefits from the Transcendental Meditation practice in all fields of life. The TM® technique provides deep healing rest which decreases: 

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Relationship Problems
  • Addiction
  • and a myriad of health issues

What is the TM technique?

The TM practice spontaneously allows the mind and body to settle down (transcend) to a state of restful alertness. It is unique among meditation techniques, distinguished by its simplicity and profound, immediate results. It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle. It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, requiring no effort, concentration, or special skills. More Information about the Transcendental Meditation technique

What TM does

Brain and Mind: Stress dramatically interferes with the ability to maintain attention and focus. The part of the brain responsible for both developing coping strategies and handling stress is compromised. Chronic stress damages the brain and creates fatigue.
Reduction of stress results in improved brain function—increasing focus and attention, memory, ability to plan, and successful relationships.
Research shows that the TM practice uniquely enlivens the function of the prefrontal cortex, often called the “CEO” of the brain, allowing for more organized thought and better decision-making. The brain functions with greater coherence—associated with more integrated and effective thinking and behavior. Other benefits include improvements in analytical thinking, creativity, learning ability, I.Q., and memory.

Body: Stress also slows reaction time, reduces mind-body co-ordination and creates illness and can lead to unhealthy life choices such as the use of drugs and alcohol.
The deep physical rest gained during the TM practice restores balance in the physiology, reducing high blood pressure, improving sleep and increasing mind-body coordination. Transcendental Meditation technique reduces stress and stress-related disorders, including hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and metabolic syndrome. TM also improves health overall including, increased stamina, energy, flexibility, immunity & quality of life.

600 Scientific Research Studies

The TM program is by far the most extensively researched program for self-development. Scientists at over 250 independent research institutions including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA Medical School have conducted research on the TM program, finding practical benefits that are significant to all fields of life. More information

Doctors’ Comments

Sarina Grosswald

ED.D., Cognitive Learning Specialist, Research Investigator at National Institutes of Health

“Severe stress can shut down the prefrontal cortex, which is like the commander-in-chief of the brain. TM rebalances the brain chemistry. TM creates the brain waves associated with settledness. As you experience it over and over, these brain connections get stronger.”

Abraham Bornstein

M.D., Cardiology and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

“As a clinical cardiologist, I’ve found the Transcendental Meditation technique to be a simple, universally applicable technique. It significantly improves neurophysiological coordination and psychological balance, both of which have a major impact on the four major cardiovascular risk factors.

Norman Rosenthal

M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School

“If a pharmaceutical company had a pill which was capable of doing all these things, and they had all these studies to show all the help it could give, that pill would be a billion dollar blockbuster”

Gary Kaplan

M.D., Ph.D., Neurology and Associate Professor

“The TM technique simply and naturally allows the mind to settle down to experience a state of inner coherence and calm during which time the left and right hemispheres and the front and back of the brain begin to work in harmony with each other. This brain wave coherence has been correlated with improvements in memory, problem-solving and decision-making abilities. In fact, everything good about the brain depends on its orderly functioning. This change in brain functioning also affects the rest of the physiology, reducing high blood pressure, strengthening the heart, and overall improving health.”


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