• Project Title: Meditations Effect on Short-term Stress Responses

  • BASIS Advisor: Dr. Nancy Fisher

  • Internship Location: UMD Baltimore Campus

  • Onsite Mentor: Dr. Adam Puche

In recent ages, companies and schools demand more and more output from the population, which causes immense pressure and stress to perform well. Eventually this constant pressure causes burnout, a state of emotional exhaustion. Prolonged stress has numerous and dangerous effects on the body, such as increased risk of heart attacks, hypertension, migraines, obesity, depression, anxiety, and a host of other conditions. As a sort of backlash to this recent phenomenon, “self-care” culture has become more prevalent and talked about in tandem with the increased awareness for mental health. However, do these self-care tips taken from blogs actually work? Can meditating or taking bubble baths decrease the harmful effects stress can have on the body?