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Mental Health and Wellbeing Dictionary

A

Anxiety

A feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe and can have both psychological and physical symptoms.


B

Burnout

A state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress and overwhelm.


C

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

A form of psychotherapy that focuses on the way an individual's thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviors.


D

Depression

A mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in activities that were once enjoyable.


E

Emotional regulation

The ability to manage and control one's emotions, rather than being controlled by them.


F

Forgiveness

The act of letting go of anger, resentment, or blame towards oneself or others, which can improve emotional well-being.


G

Gratitude

A positive emotion that involves acknowledging and appreciating the good things in one's life.


H

Healthy boundaries

Setting limits for oneself and others in relationships to ensure emotional and physical safety, respect, and mutual understanding.


I

Inner child

The innermost part of oneself that represents childhood experiences and feelings, often used in psychotherapy to identify and heal past traumas.


J

Journaling

The act of writing down one's thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal or diary as a form of self-reflection and self-care.


K

Kindness

The act of showing empathy, compassion, and care towards oneself and others.


L

Laughter therapy

The use of humor and laughter as a therapeutic tool to reduce stress and improve mental and physical health.


M

Mindfulness

A mental state of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, often achieved through meditation or other mindfulness practices.


N

Nutrition

The food and drink consumed by an individual, which can have a significant impact on mental and physical health.


O

Overthinking

The act of excessively dwelling on a thought or situation, which can lead to anxiety and stress.


P

Psychotherapy

A form of talk therapy that involves exploring and understanding one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors with a trained mental health professional.


Q

Quality sleep

Adequate and restful sleep that supports physical and mental well-being.


R

Resilience

The ability to adapt and recover from challenging or stressful situations.


S

Self-care

The practice of taking intentional actions to improve one's physical, emotional, and mental well-being.


T

Time management

The process of organizing and prioritizing one's time to effectively achieve goals and reduce stress.


U

Understanding emotions

The ability to identify, label, and understand one's own and others' emotions, which can lead to better communication and relationships.


V

Validation

The act of acknowledging and accepting one's own and others' feelings and experiences as valid, which can improve emotional well-being and relationships.


W

Well-being

The overall state of physical, emotional, and mental health and happiness.


X

eXploration

The act of exploring one's thoughts, emotions, and experiences through therapy, self-reflection, or other means, which can lead to personal growth and self-awareness.


Y

Yoga

A mind-body practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation to improve mental and physical health.


Z

Zen

A term used to describe a state of calm and relaxation, often achieved through mindfulness practices or meditation.




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