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Women's health expert recommends Transcendental Meditation for chronic fatigue

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15 May 2011

A nationally renowned specialist in natural health and women's health issues brings deep insight, extensive clinical experience, and a broad perspective of integrative medicine to the concerns of many women trying to balance often-competing roles as professional, spouse, and parent.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., is the author of The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty After Forty. She has been featured frequently in the national media, including National Public Radio, CNN and The Phil Donahue Show.

Also featured on the website 'Ask the Doctors—Doctors and scientists talk about the Transcendental Meditation program and health', Dr Lonsdorf answers questions from women about how Transcendental Meditation helps alleviate common issues of chronic stress and fatigue.

One woman asks, 'I feel tired all the time. Between my job and my family, I don't have any time for myself. Even if the Transcendental Meditation technique could help me, how could I possibly fit it into my day?'

Dr. Lonsdorf replies with a clear analysis of the all-too-common problems faced by many women in this area, as well as a solution based on extensive scientific research on Transcendental Meditation:

''When we're tired, we don't think as clearly, are more distractible, and take longer to complete our tasks,'' she says. ''We also may stay up too late trying to finish off what didn't get done due to inefficiency during the day. All this ends up creating a vicious cycle of fatigue, lack of rest, too much activity, and more fatigue. If 20 minutes of TM twice a day can break that cycle, it is well worth doing and will end up creating more time than it takes.

''The Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to provide a deep state of rest that refreshes both the mind and body. This results in improved sleep, increased job productivity, creativity and intelligence, as well as reduced anxiety, another drain on energy.

''Many of my patients have reported that adding the Transcendental Meditation technique to their daily routine gives them greater clarity of mind and helps them get more done in less time.

''Most people find they spend 15-20 minutes here or there during the day just relaxing with the news or a magazine, chatting or otherwise trying to get themselves motivated.

''The Transcendental Meditation program is time taken truly for one's ''self,'' our quiet, blissful inner self that is the source of our creativity and energy. Coming out of meditation, the mind is more settled and clear, which in the morning leaves you ready to dive into your work and in the evening refreshes you to enjoy your family more fully.

''If you are like most of my patients,' she concludes, ''you will find your time investment in TM well worth it, and both you and your loved ones will enjoy a happier, less stressed you.''

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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