Transcendental Meditation technique and Menopause
Practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique during midlife transition helps women dissolve fatigue and emotional stress that may trigger menopausal symptoms. At the same time, it enriches our inner life, bringing greater contentment, energy and clarity to help anchor us during this time of change.
Menopause’s unwanted symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep disturbance, and fatigue, are often treated with therapies such as hormone replacement. Yet, with increased risks of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots associated with hormone replacement therapy, many women are seeking natural remedies to smooth the transition.
Research has shown that the TM practice has lasting effects that greatly benefit women in their middle years:
Finding our selves
Often the most challenging aspect of menopause is finding new purpose in life. As many women near the end of child-rearing years or reach a pinnacle in their career, they may feel lost or disconnected. TM practice allows us to dive deep within and connect to our inner self, experiencing a well-spring of creativity, happiness and energy.
A spiritual time in life
Women in midlife who practice the TM technique report experiencing increased emotional strength, happiness, and self-sufficiency. Twice-daily TM practice renews enthusiasm for life while allowing them to enjoy inner peace and enriched personal relationships. They “live in the now,” experiencing increased control over their lives rather than feeling that the days and years are simply passing by. These benefits can belong to any woman who learns this easy technique.
Since stress is a trigger for common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep problems, helping the body handle stress better is likely to help. The Transcendental Meditation program has been shown to reduce anxiety twice as effectively as other relaxation and meditation techniques and is highly effective at reducing stress, a major contributor to menopausal symptoms. Practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique for twenty minutes twice a day has been shown to lower cortisol (a stress hormone), reduce stress, improve sleep and lift mood. Curbing excess cortisol production might also support the body’s production of helpful reproductive hormones such as progesterone, according to some researchers.
In addition, research has shown that the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces heart attack risk in postmenopausal women, as well as reducing metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes. The Transcendental Meditation technique has helped alleviate mood swings and menopausal symptoms in midlife, as well as helping smooth the transition through this time that can be challenging in many ways.
Educator, Writer, Lynn Lass on Meditating: Teen Years through Mid-Life (1:13)
Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program
- Reduces anxiety
- Improves memory
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Younger biological age