Preventing stress and its consequences in Flight Attendants

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 TM program reduces and prevents stress and its consequences.

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The Problems

  • 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.
  • Erratic time schedule and work demands can easily lead to drug and alcohol dependency.
  • The time-induced pattern of jet lag results in premature symptoms of aging.
  • 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, anyone can offset these problems with one solution in only twenty minutes twice each day.

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

The TM® technique provides deep healing rest which decreases:

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

More Benefits

“TM is an effective tool as part of living a heart-healthy life. Stress is such a critical aspect of the development of heart disease. Whether it is from stress itself, or how it affects your sleep and other lifestyle choices you make, such as food or alcohol, stress needs to be managed. Without stress management, an important component of cardiovascular health is being neglected. Whether it is preventing heart attacks, or even after a heart attack, TM can be an essential part of the daily recommendations for stress reduction, helping to stabilize blood pressure, and decrease inflammation.”

Suzanne Steinbaum 
M.D., D.O., Cardiologist
Director of Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City,  New York Times Super Doctor 

“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.”

Cynthia Veglia
Flight Attendant for a major airline

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.

Learn about the effects of TM on the:

Brain and Mind
Body

What Doctors Say


“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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