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Mentally Strong People with Amy Morin
11 minutes | 6 hours ago
43 - Friday Fix: How to Stay Mentally Strong as the Pandemic Rages On
As the pandemic continues to rage on, everyone is tired. We are all tired of uncertainty, tired of anxiety-provoking headlines, and tired of social distancing.It can be easy to get caught up in some unhealthy habits that will drain you of mental strength right now. So today I'm talking about healthy coping skills.Some of the things I share include the two kinds of coping skills everyone needs, the best strategies for managing uncomfortable emotions, and how to recognize unhealthy coping skills that may be creating bigger problems in the long term.
59 minutes | 3 days ago
42 - Develop Self-Discipline with Professional Gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr.
“There's just always something that you can do that gets you 1% closer. “Amy talks to professional gymnast and former WWE star turned fitness trainer, Stacey Ervin, Jr. Some of the things Stacey shares include strategies for developing self-discipline, the tricks he uses to stay on track, and how to deal with negative self-talk.
14 minutes | 6 days ago
41 - Friday Fix: 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do
Are you struggling to raise mentally strong kids right now? Do you worry that your kids won’t have the emotional skills they need to succeed in life? Are you concerned that some of your parenting habits might be setting a bad example for your kids?If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re going to want to tune in to this episode. I’m sharing how to give up the unhealthy yet common parenting habits that are draining kids of the mental strength they need to reach their greatest potential.As a psychotherapist and a foster parent, I’ve seen firsthand how parenting habits directly affect the way kids think, feel, and behave. And while you might have a zillion healthy parenting habits you do already, you might also have a few unhealthy habits that could use a little tweaking--and you might not even recognize that they’re doing them.A few little changes could make a big difference to your child’s overall wellbeing. Based on my bestselling book, here are the 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do.
34 minutes | 10 days ago
40 - How to Change the Story You Tell Yourself with Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb
Amy interviews Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and author of The New York Times Best-Selling book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Lori also writes a regular column for The Atlantic called “Dear Therapist.”Some of the things Lori shares include the difference between pain and suffering, how to change the conversations you have with yourself, and how to make your emotional health a bigger priority in your life.
10 minutes | 13 days ago
39 - Friday Fix: How to Boost Your Mood Right Now
It’s normal to feel anxious, sad, nervous, scared, or disappointed — along with many other uncomfortable emotions. Sometimes it’s healthy to embrace these emotions. Experiencing them may help you heal.But it’s not healthy to stay stuck in a dark place. When your emotions aren’t serving you well, it’s important to have healthy coping skills that can help you regulate your emotions so you can feel better.And while going for a walk might help one person feel better after a rough day at the office, someone else might find reading a book is the perfect pick-me-up.In today’s episode, I’ll teach you how to identify your own personal mood boosters. These strategies will help you feel better when you need to cheer yourself up or calm yourself down.It’s an exercise I’ve used with many people in my therapy office over the years. It’s a simple but effective way to create a toolbox of strategies that you can try the next time you want to feel a little better.
52 minutes | 17 days ago
38 - Manage Life's Ups and Downs with Latin Music "Producer of the Year" Tony Succar
Tony Succar is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer. In 2019, he won two Latin GRAMMYs — one for “Best Salsa Album” and one for being “Producer of the Year.”Tony is well-known for a project he did called Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. And he’s gone on to create lots of great music since then, including his GRAMMY-winning album Mas De Mi.Like many people in the music world, Tony experiences pressure to work all the time. And even though he has experienced a lot of great things in the music industry, he acknowledges there are some tough times too. One of the many things I appreciated about my conversation with Tony is that he doesn’t pretend like he has everything all figured out. Even though he’s mentally strong, he acknowledges he’s a work in progress. He continues to struggle with being a “workaholic” — something I think a lot of people can relate to these days. Some of the things Tony shares include how to deal with guilty feelings, how to reach out for help when you need it, and why it's important to surround yourself with positive people.
9 minutes | 20 days ago
37 — Friday Fix: How to Trick Your Brain Into Giving Your Best Performance
What you think right before you make a sales call or the things that run through your head right before you walk into a party affect how you act. And these conversations you have with yourself can determine whether you close a deal, reach your goals, or have fun. Today I'm sharing how to have a conversation with yourself that will help you succeed. No matter what you’re doing, this little exercise will help you perform at your peak. It’s a trick elite athletes use. But you don’t have to be an NBA star to use it. It can help you do anything better—like negotiate a raise or give a presentation.
35 minutes | 24 days ago
36 - Turn Your Life Around with Former MLB player Darryl Strawberry
Darryl Strawberry spent 17 years playing major league baseball for the Mets and then Yankees. He was an 8-time all star and 4-time world series champion. But he got into some trouble over the years. He struggled with addiction and served time in prison. Fortunately, he turned his life around and he's doing well now. On today's episode, he talks about why he struggled with addiction, how he transformed his life, and the steps he's taking to stay mentally strong.
11 minutes | a month ago
35 - Friday Fix: 5 New Year's Resolutions That Will Make You Mentally Stronger
Most New Year's resolutions fail. Yet, most people continue to establish resolutions year after year hoping that somehow, this will be the year that they actually create change.Today, I'll explain why most resolutions don't work. And I'll give you the tools you need to make this year's resolution different.I’m sharing five resolutions that will help you build mental strength in 2021. You can perform these alongside other resolutions (like ones that will help you get healthier or improve your relationships) or you could make one (or more) of these as our stand-alone resolution.The good news is, all five are pretty quick, simple, and easy to do. And I bet, once you start doing them, you’ll actually like them. But more importantly, they'll help you grow stronger and become better.
46 minutes | a month ago
34 - Detox Your Thoughts with Psychologist and Best-Selling Author Andrea Bonior
Andrea Bonior is a clinical psychologist, college professor, and best-selling author. She also writes a weekly column for The Washington Post called “Baggage Check” where she offers great advice for her readers.She’s the author of an amazing book called Detox Your Thoughts. It’s full of helpful, actionable tips for dealing with unhelpful ways of thinking. Andrea is really good at taking complex scientific principles and breaking them down into helpful tips. I invited her on the show to share some of the strategies that can help us develop a healthier inner monologue. Some of the things we talk about in this episode include how to reach your goals without depending on willpower, strategies to deal with unhelpful thoughts, and coping skills that will help you deal with uncomfortable emotions.
39 minutes | a month ago
33 - Develop Your Purpose in Life with Former NFL Player Tim Hightower
While some professional athletes lose their purpose in life when their career ends, that wasn't the case for Tim Hightower. Since retiring from the NFL, he's living his purpose. And today he's sharing how other people can find their purpose too.Some of the things we talk about is how to discover your purpose, why it's important to have meaning in your life, and how to find a community of people who believe in you.
11 minutes | a month ago
32 - Friday Fix: How to Stay Strong When You're Feeling Lonely
While this time of year can be filled with happiness and love for some people, it can also be the loneliest, saddest time for others.When you don’t have family to spend the holidays with--and a lot of people are finding themselves in that situation this year because of the pandemic--it can be tough.Of course, it’s not just the holidays that are sparking increased feelings of loneliness. The year of social distancing has made for a lot of lonely people. Even people who are surrounded by their families all day long are feeling lonelier than ever.So I thought it would be a good idea to spend this episode tackling loneliness. Whether you’re feeling lonely right now in this stage of your life or it’s been an ongoing problem that you experienced long before the pandemic, this episode is for you.
34 minutes | a month ago
31 - Heal a Broken Heart with Breakup Bootcamp Author Amy Chan
Have you struggled to deal with a breakup? Do you feel like your broken heart can't be repaired? If so, this episode is for you. Amy interviews Amy Chan, the author of Breakup Bootcamp, about the scientific ways to heal a broken heart. They discuss why we're attracted to certain people, the things you shouldn't do after a relationship ends, and the steps you can take to heal when your heart is broken.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
30 - Friday Fix: Stop Overthinking and Feel Better Fast
Do you ever get something stuck in your head and can’t stop thinking about it? When it’s something like a song, it might just feel a little annoying.But when it’s an unpleasant event that you keep rehashing or a catastrophic outcome that you keep imagining, overthinking will take a toll on your mental health.Thinking about negative things can cause you to feel bad. And the worse you feel, the more likely you are to keep dwelling on the negative. It’s a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.So in today’s Friday Fix, I’m sharing one of my favorite exercises from my therapy office that can help you stop overthinking. This quick exercise can help you stop ruminating, and it can improve your mental health.If you tend to replay conversations in your head over and over again or overthink an email to the point that it takes forever to hit send, this episode is for you.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
29 - How to Deal With Being Socially Awkward with Ty Tashiro
Amy interviews Ty Tashiro about how to deal with feeling socially awkward. Ty has a PHD in psychology, he gave a really popular TED talk and he’s the author of a great book called Awkward. Ty shares the science behind why some people are socially awkward. He also talks about how to deal with embarrassing moments, what to say to yourself when you're dreading a social event, and how to mentally prepare for a dreaded social situation.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
28 - Friday Fix: A Simple But Effective Way to Develop a Healthier Inner Dialogue
Negative thoughts aren’t always a bad thing. Recognizing that something may not turn out well or acknowledging that you made a mistake is healthy.But some negative thoughts are irrational and unrealistic. And they can cause you to feel bad and discourage you from taking any positive action.Fortunately, you don’t have to believe everything you think. You can learn to recognize when your thoughts aren’t helpful and then you can replace them with more realistic statements.In today’s Friday Fix, I explain some simple steps you can take when you have unrealistically negative (or BLUE) thoughts and replace them with true thoughts.It’s a really easy but effective exercise for developing a healthier inner monologue. Once you start using it, you’ll likely be surprised to learn how many of your thoughts just aren’t healthy.With practice, however, you can train your brain to work for you--rather than against you. So tune in to this short episode (it’s just 11 minutes long) and discover how to change your mindset.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
27 - Persist at Problems That Seem Insurmountable with Erin Brockovich
It’s been 20 years since the movie (starring Julia Roberts) that made Erin Brockovich a household name was in theaters. But in the meantime, she hasn’t relented in her environmental activism.Erin has some excellent advice regarding standing up for what’s right, taking care of yourself, and tackling things that seem impossible. Even if you don’t plan on becoming an environmental activist, her advice is likely to be helpful in your own life.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
26 - Friday Fix: Act Like the Person You Want to Become So You Can Create the Kind of Life You Want to Live
Have you ever thought about the kind of person you’d like to be? Maybe you want to be a nicer person, mentally stronger person, a healthier person, or happier person.Have you ever thought about the kind of person you’d like to be? Maybe you want to be a nicer person, mentally stronger person, a healthier person, or a happier person.But how do you get over that gap that stands between who you are now and the person you’d like to become? In today’s Friday Fix I share how to break through that barrier so you can become the person you’ve always wanted to be.Tune in to the show and I’ll give you some real life examples from my therapy office who have put this practice into place. I’ll share what they decided to do and how it worked for them.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
25 - Overcome Doubt and Doubters with Hint CEO Kara Goldin
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, the company that is best known for making unsweetened flavor water.But her path to creating a successful product wasn’t an easy one. She was turned down, discouraged, and outright rejected along the way. But, she persisted in creating a successful company.She’s now also a bestselling author. Her book, Undaunted, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. In it, she shares how she overcame people who doubted her as well as her own self-doubt.Amy talks to Kara about how to overcome self-doubt, how to deal with other people who doubt you, and the one question you should ask yourself when you're afraid to do something.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
24 - Friday Fix: A Quick Exercise That Calms Your Brain and Your Body
When you’re anxious, angry, or stressed out, your brain and body responds accordingly.Your brain automatically looks for the negative. It’s your brain’s way of helping you detect more danger so it can keep you safe. But the more you dwell on the negative and overlook the positive, the more your feelings will intensify.Your body will also attempt to help you respond to danger by ramping up. Your heart might beat faster. Your blood pressure might rise. And stress hormones get released throughout your body.As your body responds, it sends an even bigger signal to your brain that you must be on high alert for danger. Fortunately, there’s a simple but helpful exercise that can calm your brain and your body instantly. It takes less than 60 seconds and it can send signals to your brain that it’s OK to calm down.In today’s episode, I share the exercise and explain the science behind why it’s so effective.
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