This study examined the effects of two stress-reducing wellness activities, meditation and aerobic exercise, on electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns of normal subjects. Ten nursing students completed the study five performed meditation daily and five performed aerobic exercise daily. Stress was determined using the Stanford University Self Assessment and Holmes-Rahe Social Adjustment Rating Scales prior to the stress-reducing activities and again following the six-week study. Although neither group demonstrated a significant increase in alpha waves, self-rating scores for both measures were improved at the end of the six-week study. Meditation and aerobic activity were associated with a perception of increased ability to cope and a generally positive feeling about the value of exercise and meditation in their lives.
Questions or comments regarding the article may be directed to the authors at: Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education. W 2917 Ft George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99204. Billie Severtsen is assistant professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Center, and Margaret Auld Bruya is associate professor.
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