School for Social Work
Psychotherapists-Mental health, Yoga-Psychological aspects, Meditation, Mindfulness (Psychology), Health self-care, Burnout (Psychology), Secondary traumatic stress, Yoga, Self-care relaxation, Strees, Occupational stress, Vicarious trauma, Compassion fatigue
Workplace stress is a prevalent problem among mental health professionals, which has been shown to lead to absenteeism, fatigue, and burnout. This pilot study explored the effects of a yoga nidra relaxation practice on stress levels in clinicians working in a community mental health setting. Thirteen clinicians completed the trial, which involved one guided 20-minute yoga nidra practice per week during the workday. Participants were assessed for perceived stress before and after the eight-week trial. Participants reported significantly lowered perceived stress at the end of the study, indicating that yoga nidra may be a useful intervention in managing and preventing workplace stress.
Ferguson, Kyla L., "The effects of a yoga nidra practice on mental health clinicians' perceived stress" (2016). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.