The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Worrying stems from a desire to be in control. Here are two things you can do the next time you catch yourself worrying about things you can't control.
Perhaps you have been feeling more down than usual since being confined to home. You suspect it will pass. But should you talk to someone now just in case?
Dwelling on the past will keep you stuck in a place of pain. Here are two exercises that can help you enjoy the present and make your future as good as it can be.
When I was given an assignment to test online therapy websites and document my findings, I was surprised by the results.
When you decide that no one will have the power to control how you feel about yourself, you'll empower yourself to create your best life.
If you want to lift heavier objects, you need more physical strength. The same can be said for your mental muscles. These exercises can help you build mental strength.
There are times when breaking the rules might be just what you need to live a better life.
You can conquer your fear of flying if you really want to. As a psychotherapist, here's how I help people conquer their fear of flying.
They're like helicopter parents—except worse. And they usually don't recognize the long-term damage they're doing.
The stronger you become, the more likely you are to create the life of your dreams. But you need mental strength to achieve big goals.
Acknowledging your fears and facing them head-on is key to reaching your goals.
You're only as good as your worst habits. When you give up something that's holding you back, your good habits become much more effective.
If cartoons and movies have been your sole source of information about therapy, you're not alone. Consequently, you may have a lot of questions about what therapists actually do and what to expect.
You don't need a formal training program to boost your own emotional intelligence.
Most people who walk into my therapy office tell me that they had thought about getting help for years. But they were afraid to reach out to a therapist.
Establishing a 30-day challenge can be a much more effective way to create positive change.
Most New Year's resolutions fail. But these exercises can help you build the mental strength you need to stick to your goals.
The truth is, most resolution failures don't stem from a lack of willpower. They fail because people shouldn't have started them on January 1st.
Your smartphone can actually be a great mental muscle building tool, but only if you know the strategies that will help you grow mentally stronger.
It’s important to know how to recognize when your anxiety is just a false alarm—those times when your heart races but you aren’t in any danger.
Quit trying to impress people. Not only is it costing you money, but it may be costing you your mental health.
Despite the concerns, research consistently shows that online treatment can be very effective for many mental health issues. Here's what you should know about online therapy.
It’s tough to watch someone you care about struggle. How do you help someone build the mental strength they need to reach their potential?
There's a cruel, ironic twist to your attempts to avoid pain—you're causing yourself more agony in the long run.
Most anxiety disorders go undiagnosed and untreated for 10 years.
Make mental strength a priority in your home and watch what everyone is able to accomplish this year.
Even a slight decline in mental health can affect your financial situation.
Everyone has the ability to build more mental muscle. It's all about the choices you make every day.
"Someday" doesn't appear on the calendar. If you want to reach your goals, you have to get intentional about the action you're going to take today.
Whether you're facing a medical emergency or a financial crisis, these strategies will help you stay strong when your world is falling apart.
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.