Mental Strength How to Find Inner Strength When You Need it the Most A Science-Backed Strategy for Unleashing Your Inner Superhero By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on March 19, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 57 More About the Podcast 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. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 57 When you’re faced with a stressful situation, your brain might be quick to remind you of all the ways you’re not equipped to handle the challenge. Whether your bills are piling up or you’re worried about a loved one with a health issue, difficult experiences raise your stress levels. And the more stressed you feel, the less likely you are to cope with the situation in a healthy way. You may start thinking things like, “I can’t stand this!” or “I can’t do this anymore.” But believing thoughts like those will just drain you of the mental strength you need to get through the situation. Catastrophic thoughts about your situation and your ability to cope increases your distress. And the more distressed you feel, the more difficulty you’ll have taking productive action. It’s a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your distress no matter how difficult the situation. On today’s Friday Fix, I share a quick science-backed strategy that can help you unleash your inner superhero. The truth is, you have inner strength that you draw upon and knowing how to dig deep when you need it the most can help you get through life’s toughest challenges. 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 Amy's Books on Mental Strength 10 Ways to Build Your Resilience What Is Distress Tolerance? Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions 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. 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.