The Verywell Mind Podcast How to Be Mentally Strong When You’re Experiencing Uncomfortable Emotions By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on March 25, 2022 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 154 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. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 154 Sometimes, people assume that experiencing an uncomfortable emotion, like sadness or anxiety, is a sign of weakness. That’s not true. In fact, allowing yourself to fully experience an uncomfortable emotion is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s easier to push your feelings aside or pretend they don’t exist, rather than work through them. There are lots of ways to work through tough feelings—some are healthier than others. Understanding how to work through emotions and when to shift your emotional state is key to mental strength. You can’t control all the things in your environment that may cause your anxiety to spike or that may cause you to experience sadness. But, you can control how you respond to those things. There are many things you can do to take care of yourself when you’re dealing with difficult feelings. Developing a better understanding of yourself and your emotions can allow you to embrace your feelings when it’s helpful to do so and shift your emotional state when those feelings are trying to keep you stuck in a place of pain. On today’s episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share how to stay mentally strong when you’re experiencing uncomfortable feelings. I explain how to recognize the difference between thoughts, feelings, and behavior (something people often get confused in my therapy office) and how to manage painful feelings in a healthy way. 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. Editor’s Note: Please be mindful that this transcript does not go through our standard editorial process and may contain inaccuracies and grammatical errors. Thank you. For media or public speaking inquiries, contact Amy here. Download the Transcript Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram Check out Amy’s books on mental strength 5 Things I Wish More People Knew About Mental Strength If You Liked This Episode You Might Also Like These Episodes: Friday Fix: How to Reduce Uncomfortable Emotions So You Can Think Clearly How to Face Uncomfortable Emotions With Comedian Paul Gilmartin Friday Fix: How to Become Mentally Stronger 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.