How to Take Back Your Power

Strategies for Empowering Yourself

How to take your power back

Verywell / Julie Bang

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 61

It’s impossible to feel mentally strong when you’re giving away your power. But, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking traps that leave you feeling helpless. There may be several ways in which you give away your power without even realizing that you’re doing it. 

You might waste a lot of time thinking about someone you don’t like. That means you give that person power over your time. Or, you might let someone treat you poorly. Perhaps you don’t dare speak up because you don’t want to seem rude—but then you blame the other person for ruining your day. That means you give that person power over your life.

Even holding onto a grudge might give someone power over you. Perhaps you waste tons of mental and emotional energy staying angry at someone who hurt you.

But holding onto that grudge only affects you, not them. And ultimately, you give that person more power over you. Retaining your personal power requires you to take responsibility for the way you think, feel, and act. It’s about being proactive in how much time and energy you devote to the people and activities in your life.

In today’s episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I’ll share a simple but powerful exercise that can help you take back your power so you feel more in control. 

It’s an exercise I use often in my therapy office. And while it can feel a little scary at first, empowering yourself can also open the door to opportunities you never thought possible.

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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.