Changes to Your Environment That Will Help You Build Mental Strength

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 179

If you are stressed at work, you might think the solution is to build more mental strength so you can handle workplace issues better. If you’re struggling with anxiety, you might assume you need to meditate more often.

But sometimes, the solution to our problems isn’t about working on our inner strength. Instead, the best way to tackle some problems involves making a few changes to the environment.

There are some simple changes you can make to the environment to help you build mental strength and to preserve what strength you already have.

You only have so much mental energy. The last thing you want to do is put yourself in a position where all your energy is wasted combating an unhealthy environment.

Unfortunately, some people still believe that a harsh environment is the key to toughening up. But that’s not true. A nurturing environment goes a long way to helping you actually develop inner strength. 

On today’s episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I explain how to set yourself up for success. Everything around you affects your mental health and your mental health. And sometimes, the best way to feel better is about creating an environment that is conducive to being the strongest and best version of yourself. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.