How to Become Mentally Stronger

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The Verywell Mind Podcast's “Friday Fix” is a short episode that features a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 148

While most people understand what it takes to become physically strong, there’s a lot of confusion about how to grow mentally strong.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to develop mental strength. You might even do some of them already without realizing that they’re helping you grow mentally stronger. 

There are always opportunities to grow mentally stronger. And no matter how strong you are already, there’s always room for growth. 

Mental strength isn’t the same as mental health. In fact, as a therapist, some of the strongest people I’ve ever met were battling mental health issues, like depression and anxiety.

Building mental strength can prevent some mental illnesses and it can decrease the symptoms of others. But, mental strength doesn’t make you immune to a mental health problem

In this episode, I share the three components of mental strength. I also talk about some specific exercises that can help you develop more mental strength. And I clear up some common misconceptions about what it means to be mentally strong.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a 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.