Clinical application of the relaxation response in women's health

AWHONNS Clin Issues Perinat Womens Health Nurs. 1993;4(2):311-9.


Women are subject to multiple stressors and often get little recognition or support for their diverse roles. Although stress is a natural part of life, research indicates that prolonged or extreme stress can have a negative effect on a woman's health. Nurses, because of their holistic approach, are ideally suited to use interventions that empower women to deal effectively with stress. This article outlines the mind/body connection and describes the relaxation response as a counterbalance to the deleterious effects of stress. Instructions for several methods of using the relaxation response in a clinical setting are given.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Relaxation Therapy*
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / nursing*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Women's Health*