Motivation These 5 Questions Can Help You Emerge From the Pandemic Mentally Stronger Reflect on this year and learn from it. By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast.For media or public speaking inquiries, contact Amy here. Learn about our editorial process Published on May 07, 2021 Print 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. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 71 Whether you spent the pandemic in an apartment by yourself or you spent the last year in a home filled with kids who were attempting to learn remotely, almost everyone felt like they were in some sort of strange sci-fi movie at times. The circumstances were weird—even for those who enjoyed staying home. And everyday life was stressful and scary for many people. Whether you got sick or you didn’t get to see your extended family for months on end, your experience may have taken a serious toll on your well-being. While it was a bad year in so many ways, dwelling on how awful it was won’t help you now. On the flipside, you don’t want to minimize the tough realities. Fortunately, there are some ways to reflect on this year that can help you turn it into an opportunity for growth. So while you can’t control all the circumstances you encountered this year, you can control your attitude as you emerge from the pandemic. In today’s Friday Fix, I share five questions you can use to reflect on your time during the pandemic. Answering these questions and writing down your answers can help you grow from the adversity you encountered this year. More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram. Check out Amy’s books on mental strength. Caring for Your Mental Health in the Return to Normalcy 4 Ways to Boost Your Resilience for Tough Times How Resilience Helps When Coping With Challenges 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.For media or public speaking inquiries, contact Amy here. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.