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Mind-body, mind and body, stress management, wellness, healthy living (part of), emotional health, social-emotional, coping, psychosocial, integrative, etc. are terms for health practices and programs that overlap a lot or are synonymous. What practices or strategies do you use? (go to CONTACT and FEEDBACK).
I’ve collected various definitions and articles here. Their sources include several major organizations’ and institutions’ websites and complete research journal articles available online (e.g. Pubmed).

Mind body practice “combines mental focus, controlled breathing, and body movements to help relax the body and mind. It may be used to help control pain, stress, anxiety, and depression, and for overall health... A mind-body practice is a type of complementary and alternative medicine...” - NCI
Mind-Body Practices Examples: Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga, Qi Gong, Spirituality, Mindful movements (eating, walking, dish-washing, teeth-brushing, etc, Biofeedback, Progressive muscle relaxation, Deep breathing, Visualization, Guided Imagery, Listening to music, Use of drawings, journal, or movement to express thoughts/feelings, and Enjoying nature - Mind-Body Medicine, Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP

Mind and body practices "are a large and diverse group of procedures or techniques that are administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher [or some can be self-taught]..." - NCCIH 1

Mind-body approaches "should be part of a multidisciplinary approach and aimed at reducing anxiety, mood disturbance, pain and improving QOL…" (Mind-Body Therapies: Evidence and Implications in Advanced Oncology Practice. J Adv Pract Oncol. 2012 Nov-Dec; 3(6): 357–373. Online)
Mind and Body Approaches for Stress and Anxiety: What the Science Says (e.g. relaxation techniques, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and Mindfulness- based Stress Reduction - MBSR) - NCCIH 2

Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name? " This fact sheet looks into these terms to help you understand them better and gives you a brief picture of the mission and role of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in this area of research..." - NCCIH 3
Other related info and links...

VHL Canada also presents excellent strategies and articles for psychosocial health. See Blogs/Group Emails and Informational Support on website. –
“Coping with the risk of kidney cancer” video’s first 30 mins. is about "Problem-focused and Emotion-focused Coping” with the emotional aspects of tumour “risk”, especially kidney cancer; however, I think it also  applies to having VHL and to experiencing stress in general. (They also have a Mind Body group program for their clinic’s patients). - Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma and von Hippel-Lindau Disease Clinic, Mass General Cancer Center

Healthy living: “There are three factors that can be controlled and can impact one’s health… 1. How much one moves; 2. What one eats; How one cares for their emotional health” - VHLA Patient Handbook*
Practicing stress management techniques may bring some relief from anxiety and symptoms of depression; however, it is important to seek advice from a licensed social worker or medical professional, including your primary care physician. They may be able to recommend a combination of medications and counseling, as well as a mind-body program or other stress management approaches. - VHLA Patient Handbook *
The Wellness Coaching program from VHLA has 11 modules that includes: “videos and practical tools to use along with supplemental learning suggestions if you want to dive a bit deeper. In addition, you get four coaching sessions with a certified coach, who is very experienced in working with VHL patients and caregivers, and is also a patient and caregiver herself, to support you and whatever you might be struggling with …” –
All of these terms for health practices and programs that overlap a lot or are synonymous. What practices or strategies do you use?


 *What You Need to Know About VHL: A reference handbook for people with von Hippel-Lindau, their families, and their medical teams - VHL Alliance, Edition 6, Revised 2020
 ** The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

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