Stress can cause inflammation and tension in the body, which can cause pain especially for those who live with a chronic illness or chronic pain. This can lead to a vicious cycle of stress, pain, anxiety and depression. Mindful stretching is focused on releasing tension in the body and using your breath to help relax and bring awareness to the body. This exercise can be done in a seated position in a chair, on a cushion on the floor, lying down on a mat or even standing. Start by choosing a breathing pattern that works for you and once you’ve established a few rounds of relaxing breaths move into the stretching portion of the exercise.