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Mental strength is the key to improving your mental health and living your best life. When you grow mentally stronger, you'll be able to overcome self-doubt, manage your emotions, and feel confident in your ability to reach your goals. Join Webby award-winning host Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and international best-selling author to learn the tools, tips, and strategies that will help you think, feel, and do your best in life. On Mondays, she interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athl ...
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Acting "as if" is a therapy strategy that helps people change their habits, their emotions, and their lives. It's a simple but effective way to start creating positive change right now. And the good news is, it works for many different problems. Some of the things I share are how "acting as if" works, what issues you can target, and what sort of re…
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James Altucher interviews Amy about what it's like to be a therapist, her experience becoming an author, and her newest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do. Links & Resources The James Altucher Show 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do Offers From Our Sponsors Factor - Head to FACTORMEALS.com/mentallystronger50 and use code menta…
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Your career path and your mental strength are likely a two-way street. Creating a great career likely requires mental strength. But having a career that fits your lifestyle will also likely help you grow mentally stronger. That's why creating a career path that works for you is important. Scott Jeffrey Miller is the senior advisor on thought leader…
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Decision fatigue occurs when we become mentally exhausted from making numerous decisions throughout the day. As a result, we make poorer decisions because our brains are just too tired to think. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting mentally exhausted. Here are five simple strategies that can prevent decision fa…
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It's easy to tell other people to seek help or take charge of their mental health, but much harder to take those steps when you need to do so for yourself. But struggles with your mental health don't mean you're mentally weak. Accomplished singer and songwriter Madeline Merlo has made it her mission to remove the stigma associated with mental healt…
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Our emotions get the best of us sometimes. Whether your anxiety affects your decisions or your anger causes you to do things you later regret, emotion regulation skills can help you gain better control over your feelings. You don't have to be happy all the time. But you can develop strategies that can calm you down, cheer you up, or shift your emot…
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There's often pressure to develop a "passion" in life. But you can still still live a fulfilling life even if there's not an easily identifiable thing you feel passionate about. Instead, you can create a passionate lifestyle where you feel fulfilled and mentally strong, even if there's not one thing you really love to do. John Miles is the author o…
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Do you find the more you try to stop thinking about something unpleasant, the more those unwanted thoughts keep popping up in your brain? Whether you're trying to quit thinking about an ex after your breakup, or you want to quit rehashing that conversation that didn't go well earlier in the day, it's hard to get your brain to stop thinking about so…
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There's a lot of information about the mind/body connection and the ways exercise, in general, is good for mental health. But there's a lot less information about the specific exercises that can target certain aspects of emotional well-being. For example, running is just as effective in combating depression as antidepressants. And one of the best w…
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The fear of abandonment, difficulty managing emotions in relationships, and a need for reassurance are just a few signs you might have an anxious attachment. Attachment issues are on the rise, and they can cause a lot of pain. They often stem beyond just romantic relationships. Jessica Baum is a psychotherapist and the author of Anxiously Attached.…
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Studies consistently show that kids are telling us they're academically prepared for life beyond high school but not emotionally prepared. Fortunately, we can change that. A few shifts in the way we support kids can make a big difference in their ability to build mental strength. In this episode, I explain how to play an active role in helping your…
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Welcome to a preview of the 10th "Ask Me Anything (AMA)" episode, which is part of Mentally Stronger Premium. Today, I'm responding to a listener who finds himself in a sticky situation. He wasn't honest with his therapist, and now he's not sure how to come clean. Listeners who subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium get weekly bonus episodes, oppor…
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A quest is different from a goal. But a quest doesn't need to be lifelong. Instead, you could create lots of short, fun quests that add value to your life. Best-selling author James Altucher has created lots of quests for himself — from becoming a standup comedian to trying to buy a foreign country. Some of the things he talks about today are how t…
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While calming music and meditation may work for mild anxiety, these may not be effective for intense anxiety. Fortunately, there's a simple and fast strategy that can help you cope with serious anxiety. By utilizing the mammalian dive reflex, the body's panic response is halted right away, and you'll experience a calming effect. You can get the ref…
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Magnesium is being touted as a powerful solution to anxiety, depression, insomnia, memory problems, and attention span. But is the hype realistic? Dr. Jennifer Gu is a researcher who studies how Magnesium affects the brain and the body. She explains why so many people are magnesium deficient, how adding a supplement could benefit you, and why Magte…
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What do you say to a loved one who predicts the worst-case scenario? Or how do you help someone who is convinced everything is going to go wrong? Your response could either add fuel to the fire or help them extinguish their anxious thoughts. It's tough to know how to help someone deal with anxious thoughts. Some of the things I share today are how …
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Trauma is not solely determined by the severity of an event but rather by its impact on an individual's perception of themselves and the world. "Tiny t" traumas are cumulative, low-grade traumas that build up over time and can have a profound effect on mental health. Dr. Meg Arroll, the author of Tiny Traumas: When You Don't Know What's Wrong, But …
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Whether you want to get in better shape or you want to spend less time watching TV, it's important to set an action-oriented, measurable goal. But if you really want to increase your chances of success, you should take this one step further and create a goal range for yourself. Here's how to establish a goal range, the science behind why it works s…
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Intergenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down through family lines, with both biological and psychological components. That means the hardships your grandparents endured or the stressful events your parents went through might impact you in some surprising ways. Dr. Mariel Buqué is a psychologist and the author of the book "Break the Cycle:…
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Whether you want your partner to eat healthier or you hope they'll quit smoking, trying to change your partner won't be effective. Listen to an audio excerpt from my new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do and I'll explain how to support positive change from your partner. Subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium — Get exclusive bonus epi…
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Most New Year's resolutions fail. But that doesn't mean you're a failure. You might just be approaching your goals wrong. New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff explains how to set and achieve goals. He's the author of several books including, "All It Takes Is a Goal," which explains how one goal could change your life. Some of the things he s…
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Breathing exercises that slow the breath down to 10 breaths per minute are effective in calming the nervous system. But many breathing exercises are complicated, and they're tough to remember when you're stressed out. This breathing exercise, however, is simple but effective. And I guarantee you'll remember it. The best news is you'll start to feel…
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Shame can lead to a negative spiral that keeps us trapped in a painful place. Whether you experienced childhood trauma or you feel shame about a mistake you made, shame often leads to secrecy, social isolation, and self-sabotage. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to heal from shame so we can live our best lives. Sheila Rubin is a licensed ma…
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Catastrophic thoughts involve imagining worst-case scenarios and predicting doom and gloom. If you're not careful, those thoughts can keep you stuck in a dark place. And the more often you entertain them, the more likely they are to happen again. Catastrophic thoughts are a common issue we tackle in therapy, and they often go hand-in-hand with issu…
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Healthy relationships are key to good mental health and building more mental strength. But sometimes it's tough to form deeper connections with people. We want to be authentic but also don't want to be an oversharer. Dr. Nick Morgan outlines some strategies for forming genuine connections without crossing the line into TMI. Dr. Morgan is an expert …
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Your brain and your body respond to your words. When you introduce positive affirmations into your day, you can rewire the neural pathways in your brain to change the way you think. But don't just take my word for it. Test out the quick experiment I share in this episode. Within 5 minutes, you'll see how it works for yourself. Some of the things I …
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What gets in your way of living a good life? Too often we think things like money, achievement, or popularity will lead to happiness. But those things often leave us feeling empty. Jonathan Fields, a speaker, author, and host of the podcast Good Life Project, is known for his work on living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Some of the things he ta…
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Negative people should get the least of our energy. But we often think about them, complain about them, and invest a lot of energy in them. Whether it's a difficult colleague or a family member who tries to drag you down, cutting these people out of your life isn't always an option. Fortunately, once you recognize you're giving someone more mental …
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Do you give up when an obstacle seems too big to overcome? Have you abandoned a dream because you thought it was impossible? If so, Mike Massimino has some strategies for perseverance that you might like. Mike is a former NASA astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. But his life as an astronaut almost …
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The holidays are stressful. Many people report worsening mental health. This time of year is far from the happiest time of year for many people. In fact, many people report they feel sad, lonely, and stressed during the holidays. If you're struggling, you're not alone. Here are five things you can do to manage your mental health during the holidays…
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Welcome to the preview of the first Ask Me Anything (AMA), which is part of Mentally Stronger Premium. A listener says an affair with a co-worker made her depression better. But she never considered herself someone who would "cheat." Now, she wants to know how it's possible that cheating made her feel better and how she should move forward. If you'…
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It's tough to talk to kids about things like sex, drugs, money, death, friends, and social media. It feels awkward and we often don't know what to say. Fortunately, Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to talk to kids about anything. Some of the things she talks about today are: The important conversations most parents ignore The crucial conversations you…
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Gratitude has the power to transform your mental health, physical health, and relationships. But saying what you feel thankful for shouldn't be a chore. There are ways to cultivate genuine gratitude. And when you do, you'll improve your life. Some of the things I talk about today are: What gratitude really is What research reveals about gratitude T…
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Your brain health is affected by everything from how much sleep you get to how much time you spend on your digital devices. However, most people don't spend much time thinking about improving their memory or accelerating learning. Instead, we attribute trouble learning to not being smart enough or blame memory gaps on the fact that we're aging. Jim…
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The way you talk to yourself greatly affects your mental health and your mental strength. If you call yourself names, put yourself down, or beat yourself up, you'll create a lot of extra hardship for yourself. Fortunately, you can learn to change your inner dialogue. When you do, you'll discover that self-compassion is a superpower that can help yo…
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Scott Tatum is a survivor of a chaotic and abusive childhood. He describes himself as a "high-functioning victim" who worked hard to suppress his emotions. But a transformative experience while hiking led him to embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Scott now shares his story and insights on social media to inspire others to find their…
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Your brain plays psychological tricks on you when you try to change your habits. It will try to talk you into indulging in a bad habit and convince you to abandon your good habits. Fortunately, there's a powerful strategy we use in the therapy office that can boost your willpower right when you need it most. Here are some things I share: Why our br…
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Burnout has become more prevalent than ever. But many people feel hopeless about addressing it. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your stress, energize yourself, and renew your passion for work. When Dr. Neha Sangwan experienced burnout, she realized there's a great lack of understanding about what it is and how to treat it. Some …
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Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships. Without them, you may feel resentment, or you may lose sight of your values. However, setting boundaries can be uncomfortable and confusing if you're not used to doing it. And you might make some mistakes that actually damage the relationship and create more stress for you. If you struggle with bo…
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Grief is something we'll all experience. But almost no one talks about it. That's one of the reasons why Luke Russert is sharing his story. Luke is a journalist, author, and former correspondent for NBC News. He is known for his work covering Capitol Hill and the 2008 presidential election. He's also the son of the late Tim Russert, a renowned jour…
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Toxic positivity is bad for your mental health. It could even cause depression. Toxic positivity can also cloud judgment, worsen mental health issues, and zap your motivation. Some of the things I share are how to recognize when you're being toxically positive, what the research says about the harm it can cause your mental health, and how you can s…
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Juicy J is a renowned rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia and has since achieved success as a solo artist. Juicy J also has recently written a book called Chronicles of the Juice Man where he opens up about his struggles with mental health, his experiences in the music industry, an…
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Radical acceptance is a skill that can benefit everyone. As Marsha Linnehan, the therapist who popularized the concept of radical suffering once said, " Rejecting reality turns pain into suffering." It's tough to accept painful situations that are unfair or circumstances that are beyond our control. But acknowledging reality is the key to healing a…
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We live in a world that creates anxiety. The pursuit of the American dream can lead to lives that our bodies cannot handle. From constant phone notifications to around-the-clock news stories, the stress of daily life can take a toll on your brain and your body. But best-selling author Dr. John Delony says we don't have to live in a constant state o…
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Visualization is a powerful tool for success, but only if you use it correctly. Many people make the mistake of visualizing themselves celebrating a victory or enjoying a reward because they think it will motivate them. However, research shows imagining a successful outcome actually decreases the chances that you'll achieve your goals. Fortunately,…
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Most of us go to great lengths to avoid uncomfortable emotions like anxiety or fear. But when we learn to question our fears and understand their origins, we can learn to use them to our advantage. On today's episode, we discuss facing fears head-on with a specific focus on how to cope with the fear of missing out. Farnoosh Torabi is a financial ex…
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There are a lot of misconceptions about therapy, mental health, and what to expect from treatment. Whether you're considering treatment or you know someone who could benefit from therapy, treatment won't feel as stressful when you understand how therapy works. Today, I'm clearing up some of these misconceptions and sharing what I wish everyone knew…
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Minimalism can help you grow mentally stronger. When you clear the clutter, you make room for things that really matter in life. But it's not just physical clutter. Financial clutter, calendar clutter, and relationship clutter can also stand between you and your best life. Knowing what to get rid of and how to simply your life can feel like an uphi…
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Life gets easier when you grow mentally stronger. Not only can mental strength help heal your emotional wounds, but it can also help you reach your greatest potential. But there are a lot of misconceptions about what mental strength is and how to build it. Some of the things I share today are the three parts to mental strength, the tools that can h…
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Working on your mental health is never convenient. But you may be forced to deal with a mental health crisis at the worst time if you don't practice self-care. Fortunately, there are small steps you can take to manage your mental health daily that can make a big difference to your overall well-being. And according to Hunter Hayes, 5-time GRAMMY-nom…
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