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Background: Medical Professional training is likely to encounter a variety of hassles and stress in relation to the developmental tasks associated with transition from school life to professional college life. The vast syllabus, peer competition for academic performance, continuous evaluation, and long duration of the training makes medical education stressful. Many students feel a need to relieve stress and it is a necessity to equip students with proven techniques to reduce stress and cope up with the situation. Proper cognitive functioning has been found to be an important factor for academic performance.
Methods: The present study is a cross sectional comparative study done for 60 medical students in the age group of 18-23 years. The subjects who were interested to practice relaxation techniques (JPMR, slow paced breathing and yoga nidra) for forty five days for 40 minutes were placed in the study group and 30 age and gender matched student were randomly selected for control group who were not willing to practice relaxation techniques. The stress level was assessed using stress questionnaires recommended by International stress management association UK before and after the relaxation intervention in the study group.
Results: The Study revealed that stress was significantly reduced in the study group and also showed improvement in cognitive skills after intervention.
Conclusions: The study concludes that progressive muscle relaxation technique is very effective in reducing stress among medical students.
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Stress, Progressive muscle relaxation technique, Cognitive skills
Sabu S, Kisan R, Swapnali ..
Effect Of Relaxation Intervention On Stress Levels And Cognitive Skills In Professional Students.
Digital Journal of Clinical Medicine.
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