The 1 Question to Ask Yourself Every Day to Grow Mentally Stronger

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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 194

Many listeners and readers have reached out to me to ask how to know when they’re growing mentally stronger. 

It’s a good question because mental strength isn’t easily measured like physical strength. And it can look a little different in each person.

One person’s hallmark of mental strength might involve taking a little more time off to relax. Another person’s evidence of bigger mental muscles might involve pushing themselves to do more even though they don’t feel like it.

Our behavior doesn’t always reveal the battle we’re fighting inside our own minds. So, it’s important to remember that your actions are only part of the process. Mental strength also involves the way you think and the way you feel.

Fortunately, there is a strategy that can help you discover whether you’re growing mentally stronger, even if your behavior doesn’t change right away. 

On this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share the one question you should ask yourself every day to measure your mental strength and to determine the steps you can take to keep growing a little stronger each day.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
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.