Resilience is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands. (American Psychological Society)
Nurses often try to push through a grueling shift. Without resilience, one can be easily overwhelmed, leading to poor job performance and personal detrimental coping behavior.
Research at Sarasota Memorial Hospital published in 2019 in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development showed that the TM technique clearly demonstrated statistically significant increased resilience and decreased burnout and secondary traumatic stress among clinical nurses.
During each session of the TM practice, stress is systematically reduced, leaving the mind and body more flexible and adaptable. This repeatable recovery process creates the foundation for psychophysiological resilience.
Debbie Augenthaler, a New York City psychotherapist who specializes in trauma, grief and loss, explains, “Transcendental Meditation centers and calms the nervous system, which is a key player in the trauma response. Regular TM practice develops a capacity for increased resilience, faster recovery from stress, and helps to manage and reduce anxiety.”
“TM has provided a sense of calm and allowed me to focus, prioritize, create time for myself, feel less stressed and overwhelmed, and be more patient—somehow increasing the time I have to accomplish what I need and want.”