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Transcendental Meditation helps teachers overcome rising levels of burnout
by Linda Egenes
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26 March 2014
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Teacher burnout is on the rise, contributing to half of new teachers in the USA leaving the profession after only five years due to emotional exhaustion akin to PTSD. Writer Linda Egenes explores the economic and social health implications of this pressing issue, especially among women, in whom high stress levels can contribute to depression, anxiety, obesity, hypertension, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Ms Egenes also describes the relief being found by an increasing number of teachers who are reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction by practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique. A recent research study published in the Permanente Journal conducted at the Bennington School in Vermont, USA, a special in-residence school for students with behavioral problems, found that teachers' perceived levels of stress were significantly lowered after learning to meditate.
Reduced teacher burnout is not the only educational benefit of practicing meditation. Recent published studies have shown a positive impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique on student graduation rates, academic achievement, and psychological distress.
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