In addition to reducing stress and stress-related illness, the TM technique improves emotional well-being—including key reductions in anxiety and depression.
Effectiveness in Reducing Trait Anxiety
Meta-Analysis of 146 Studies
Trait anxiety is the level of unease that a person feels regardless of situation or circumstance. As such, trait anxiety levels play an important role in a person's overall mood. A meta-analysis of 146 studies comparing the effectiveness of different mental and physical relaxation techniques on reducing trait anxiety showed that the Transcendental Meditation technique was twice as effective by a statistically significant margin. Interestingly, the second most effective modality was placebo.
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