How to Find Inner Strength When You Need it the Most

A Science-Backed Strategy for Unleashing Your Inner Superhero

Friday Fix: How to find inner strength when you need it most

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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 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.  

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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.