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The Mind-Body Connection


Overview & Objectives

There is no separation between the mind and body, which means that every thought we have has a physiological response in the body. This module is a primer on the mind-body connection, how it works, the stress response, and mind-body techniques that can be used to reduce stress. Practice tips are highlighted throughout. Mind-body techniques include deep breathing, imagery, progressive relaxation, meditation, and biofeedback. Hospice aides who understand and manage their own stress are in a better position to support patients and families under stress. Completion of this inservice is recommended before the Everyday Relaxation Techniques module. The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Review the prevalence of stress in our daily lives
  • Examine the physiology of stress
  • Define the stress response/relaxation response
  • Identify mind-body techniques for managing stress
  • Discuss stress management in self-care


  • Learning Module
  • Activity Exercise: The Relaxation Response
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance