9: Stress, Relaxation, and Mindful Breathing: A Primer

Kevin E. Vowles, PhD

Educational objectives:

  • State the relation between stress and bodily responses
  • Summarize the rationale for relaxation and mindfulness in the clinic in relation to stress, pain, and distress
  • Describe to patients the clinical utility for relaxation and mindfulness
  • Demonstrate introductory-level knowledge in instructing these two techniques based on the scripts provided