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Mental strength is the key to improving your mental health and living your best life. When you grow mentally stronger, you'll be able to overcome self-doubt, manage your emotions, and feel confident in your ability to reach your goals. Join Webby award-winning host Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and international best-selling author to learn the tools, tips, and strategies that will help you think, feel, and do your best in life. On Mondays, she interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athl ...
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Whether you're tempted to judge if someone is a good person based on whether they return their shopping cart or you judge music and movies, judgments aren't facts. And they're surprisingly bad for your mental health. This one simple shift in the way you word something makes a big difference to your psychological well-being. In fact, it's a common s…
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How much time do you spend in nature? Most of us spend far more time indoors than outdoors. And we're more likely to be surrounded by electronics than trees. Craig Foster, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind My Octopus Teacher, says we've lost touch with our wild side. Not only is that bad for our psychological well-being, but it's harmful t…
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There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be mentally stronger and how to know when you are gaining strength. Unfortunately, society often rewards us for acting tough while not actually being strong. This can lead to confusion and frustration about whether you are getting better and growing stronger. As a therapist, I want everyone t…
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Panic attacks and anxiety are common. But almost no one talks about how to deal with them. For years, Matt Gutman, the Chief National Correspondent for ABC News, kept his panic attacks secret. He worried what people would think if he revealed his mental health struggles. After years of suffering in silence, followed by years of searching for help, …
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It's probably second nature to get some physical distance from something stressing you out when you can. But what about those times when you can't? You can't run away from a traffic jam or physically escape bad news. Fortunately, you can always get psychological distance. Some things you'll learn are strategies for gaining psychological distance, w…
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Improving your communication skills could improve your life in many ways. From deeper relationships to healthier conflict resolution, your communication skills play a large part in the overall quality of your life. Bestselling author Charles Duhigg says we all have the ability to sharpen our communication skills and become what he calls "supercommu…
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What are some sentimental items you keep despite the fact that they really serve no practical purpose? Whether you keep clothes that no longer fit or you have a collection of birthday cards from childhood, the items you keep could reveal a lot about you. Here's what the research says about sentimental items, what your keepsakes reveal about you, an…
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The fear of the unknown can cause us to over-plan, micromanage, and worry about things that are beyond our control. But coping with uncertainty feels uncomfortable. According to author/professor Brian Klaas, many of the things that shape our lives aren't really within our control. A chance meeting at the grocery store might have a much more profoun…
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From job rejections to health problems, bad news is part of life. But the way you respond to bad news can make all the difference in how you feel as you move forward. Staying mentally strong in the face of bad news can help you solve a problem, cope better, and manage your stress. Here are seven strategies that can help you cope with whatever chall…
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Although everyone experiences grief sometimes, no one talks about how to grieve. Not knowing what to do when you're experiencing serious emotional pain can compound the hurt. And if you're not careful, you might unknowingly do things that worsen the pain. Fortunately, Meghan Jarvis has studied the concrete strategies that heal. She's a psychotherap…
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Mental strength is built with exercise, the same way physical strength is built. However, mental strength exercises don't have to be painful or complicated to be effective. There are many small things you can do every day to grow mentally stronger. Sometimes, slight shifts in the way you think, manage your emotions, or take action can make a huge d…
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Do you ever feel bored or stuck in a rut? If so, you're not alone. It's easy to go through life on autopilot. But inventor, author, and Harvard professor Jeff Karp says it doesn't have to be that way. Jeff is a biomedical engineer who has invented many interesting things. He's also the author of a new book called LIT: Life Ignition Tools. Some of t…
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It's tough to find a therapist sometimes. The last thing you want to do when you're stressed out or battling a mental health issue is research how to find someone you can talk to. But if you just go with the first therapist you find, you might find they're not the best match for you. Research shows the number one factor that determines the effectiv…
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Kindness isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. But too many people worry that they'll be taken advantage of or that they'll finish last if they're kind. James Rhee says kindness is what will help you succeed in life. James is a Harvard Law graduate, high school teacher, and private equity investor who was tasked with saving a women's c…
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Venting actually fuels anger and keeps you stuck in a negative mindset. But many people have bought into the idea that you have to vent your frustrations so you don't explode. Research shows there are much more effective ways to manage your anger. Some of the things I share are why venting is bad for your mental health, how to process your emotions…
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The way you think affects everything from the way you feel to the way you perform. It also affects your physical health. There's plenty of research that shows your thought patterns influence your body in some interesting ways. Dr. Josh Axe learned this firsthand when he was diagnosed with a serious illness. While he used to think nutrition could he…
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Do you dwell on the negative? If so, you're not alone. Our brains are hardwired to look for negative things in life so we will be aware of danger. But it's important for your mental health to also notice good things in life. And it's possible to do so without crossing the line into toxic positivity. Some of the things I share are why it's hard to l…
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It's well known that physical activity can improve your mental health. But how much exercise do you really need? What exercise is best for your psychological well-being? Can going for a walk really combat depression? Those are just some of the questions we'll cover with neurophysiologist Louisa Nicola. Louisa founded Neuro Athletics, a consulting f…
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Mental health advice on social media can be downright dangerous. Research has shown that many of the tips and much of the advice on managing mental health just aren't credible, even though they are popular. So I decided to call out some of the most popular, yet awful advice I've seen being shared on social media lately. Here are 10 pieces of unheal…
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While there's a lot of information about improving your physical health, there's much less information about improving your brain health. Improving your brain health isn't just about doing puzzles to improve your memory. There are lots of other ways to improve your brain health. Dr. Austin Perlmutter is a physician who studies brain health and deci…
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Journaling provides a long list of mental health benefits. But staring at a blank page feels intimidating. Fortunately, the Three-Minute Mental Makeover prompts give you the structure you need. Research shows it's an effective, quick strategy that can reduce your stress fast. Some of the things I share are how this quick writing exercise helped doc…
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Narcissists are everywhere. And whether your boss is a narcissist, or you're in a relationship with one, their behavior can take a toll on you if you're not prepared. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to stay mentally strong when they're trying to manipulate you, they're blaming you, and they're acting out. Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a license…
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Mental toughness serves a purpose in some circumstances. A tough exterior can help you get through a crisis. But mental strength is what is really needed to grow, learn, and thrive in life. The two things are often confused. Some of the things I share today are the six key differences between mental strength and mental toughness, how to develop mor…
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Your memory and your mental health form a two-way street. Remembering only negative things can worsen your mental health. But poor mental health can also cause your brain to only focus on negative memories. Learning more about how your mind filters your memories could help you build mental strength. Dr. Charan Ranganath, a memory researcher at the …
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Whether you want to change an eating habit, or you're trying to change a relationship, there's a series of stages you're going to go through along the way. The stages don't necessarily happen in a nice, neat order, however. Progress rarely comes in a straight line. Understanding the stages of change can help you create and stick to change better. W…
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Narcissists and psychopaths are just a few examples of "pathological lovers." Their charm often lures people in and their partners often develop what's known as "trauma bonds." They're tough to escape, but once you do, the healing can begin. No one knows this better than Dr. Nadine Macaluso. She was married to the man known as "The Wolf of Wall Str…
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Acting "as if" is a therapy strategy that helps people change their habits, their emotions, and their lives. It's a simple but effective way to start creating positive change right now. And the good news is, it works for many different problems. Some of the things I share are how "acting as if" works, what issues you can target, and what sort of re…
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James Altucher interviews Amy about what it's like to be a therapist, her experience becoming an author, and her newest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do. Links & Resources The James Altucher Show 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do Offers From Our Sponsors Factor - Head to FACTORMEALS.com/mentallystronger50 and use code menta…
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Your career path and your mental strength are likely a two-way street. Creating a great career likely requires mental strength. But having a career that fits your lifestyle will also likely help you grow mentally stronger. That's why creating a career path that works for you is important. Scott Jeffrey Miller is the senior advisor on thought leader…
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Decision fatigue occurs when we become mentally exhausted from making numerous decisions throughout the day. As a result, we make poorer decisions because our brains are just too tired to think. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting mentally exhausted. Here are five simple strategies that can prevent decision fa…
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It's easy to tell other people to seek help or take charge of their mental health, but much harder to take those steps when you need to do so for yourself. But struggles with your mental health don't mean you're mentally weak. Accomplished singer and songwriter Madeline Merlo has made it her mission to remove the stigma associated with mental healt…
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Our emotions get the best of us sometimes. Whether your anxiety affects your decisions or your anger causes you to do things you later regret, emotion regulation skills can help you gain better control over your feelings. You don't have to be happy all the time. But you can develop strategies that can calm you down, cheer you up, or shift your emot…
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There's often pressure to develop a "passion" in life. But you can still still live a fulfilling life even if there's not an easily identifiable thing you feel passionate about. Instead, you can create a passionate lifestyle where you feel fulfilled and mentally strong, even if there's not one thing you really love to do. John Miles is the author o…
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Do you find the more you try to stop thinking about something unpleasant, the more those unwanted thoughts keep popping up in your brain? Whether you're trying to quit thinking about an ex after your breakup, or you want to quit rehashing that conversation that didn't go well earlier in the day, it's hard to get your brain to stop thinking about so…
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There's a lot of information about the mind/body connection and the ways exercise, in general, is good for mental health. But there's a lot less information about the specific exercises that can target certain aspects of emotional well-being. For example, running is just as effective in combating depression as antidepressants. And one of the best w…
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The fear of abandonment, difficulty managing emotions in relationships, and a need for reassurance are just a few signs you might have an anxious attachment. Attachment issues are on the rise, and they can cause a lot of pain. They often stem beyond just romantic relationships. Jessica Baum is a psychotherapist and the author of Anxiously Attached.…
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Studies consistently show that kids are telling us they're academically prepared for life beyond high school but not emotionally prepared. Fortunately, we can change that. A few shifts in the way we support kids can make a big difference in their ability to build mental strength. In this episode, I explain how to play an active role in helping your…
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Welcome to a preview of the 10th "Ask Me Anything (AMA)" episode, which is part of Mentally Stronger Premium. Today, I'm responding to a listener who finds himself in a sticky situation. He wasn't honest with his therapist, and now he's not sure how to come clean. Listeners who subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium get weekly bonus episodes, oppor…
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A quest is different from a goal. But a quest doesn't need to be lifelong. Instead, you could create lots of short, fun quests that add value to your life. Best-selling author James Altucher has created lots of quests for himself — from becoming a standup comedian to trying to buy a foreign country. Some of the things he talks about today are how t…
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While calming music and meditation may work for mild anxiety, these may not be effective for intense anxiety. Fortunately, there's a simple and fast strategy that can help you cope with serious anxiety. By utilizing the mammalian dive reflex, the body's panic response is halted right away, and you'll experience a calming effect. You can get the ref…
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Magnesium is being touted as a powerful solution to anxiety, depression, insomnia, memory problems, and attention span. But is the hype realistic? Dr. Jennifer Gu is a researcher who studies how Magnesium affects the brain and the body. She explains why so many people are magnesium deficient, how adding a supplement could benefit you, and why Magte…
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What do you say to a loved one who predicts the worst-case scenario? Or how do you help someone who is convinced everything is going to go wrong? Your response could either add fuel to the fire or help them extinguish their anxious thoughts. It's tough to know how to help someone deal with anxious thoughts. Some of the things I share today are how …
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Trauma is not solely determined by the severity of an event but rather by its impact on an individual's perception of themselves and the world. "Tiny t" traumas are cumulative, low-grade traumas that build up over time and can have a profound effect on mental health. Dr. Meg Arroll, the author of Tiny Traumas: When You Don't Know What's Wrong, But …
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Whether you want to get in better shape or you want to spend less time watching TV, it's important to set an action-oriented, measurable goal. But if you really want to increase your chances of success, you should take this one step further and create a goal range for yourself. Here's how to establish a goal range, the science behind why it works s…
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Intergenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down through family lines, with both biological and psychological components. That means the hardships your grandparents endured or the stressful events your parents went through might impact you in some surprising ways. Dr. Mariel Buqué is a psychologist and the author of the book "Break the Cycle:…
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Whether you want your partner to eat healthier or you hope they'll quit smoking, trying to change your partner won't be effective. Listen to an audio excerpt from my new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do and I'll explain how to support positive change from your partner. Subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium — Get exclusive bonus epi…
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Most New Year's resolutions fail. But that doesn't mean you're a failure. You might just be approaching your goals wrong. New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff explains how to set and achieve goals. He's the author of several books including, "All It Takes Is a Goal," which explains how one goal could change your life. Some of the things he s…
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Breathing exercises that slow the breath down to 10 breaths per minute are effective in calming the nervous system. But many breathing exercises are complicated, and they're tough to remember when you're stressed out. This breathing exercise, however, is simple but effective. And I guarantee you'll remember it. The best news is you'll start to feel…
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Shame can lead to a negative spiral that keeps us trapped in a painful place. Whether you experienced childhood trauma or you feel shame about a mistake you made, shame often leads to secrecy, social isolation, and self-sabotage. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to heal from shame so we can live our best lives. Sheila Rubin is a licensed ma…
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Catastrophic thoughts involve imagining worst-case scenarios and predicting doom and gloom. If you're not careful, those thoughts can keep you stuck in a dark place. And the more often you entertain them, the more likely they are to happen again. Catastrophic thoughts are a common issue we tackle in therapy, and they often go hand-in-hand with issu…
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