The Verywell Mind Podcast with Amy Morin

The Verywell Mind Podcast with Amy Morin

Editor-in-chief of Verywell Mind, therapist, and international bestselling author Amy Morin shares actionable advice for developing the mental strength you need to reach your greatest potential. On Mondays, she interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other mentally strong people who explain the strategies they use to overcome the biggest battle we all face -- the battle within our own minds. Every Friday, she shares a quick exercise that will help you grow mentally stronger.

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June 24, 2022 13 min

If you are stressed at work, you might think the solution is to build more mental strength so you can handle workplace issues better. If you’re struggling with anxiety, you might assume you need to meditate more often.

But sometimes, the solution to our problems isn’t about working on our inner strength. Instead, the best way to tackle some problems involves making a few changes to the environment.

There are some simple changes you c...

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Dr. Myron Rolle is a former NFL player turned neurosurgeon. He’s also the author of a new book called The 2% Way. In it, he describes how striving to become two percent each day helped him achieve his goals on the athletic field, in college, and in life.

Some of the things he talks about today are how to stay motivated when you're tackling a tough challenge, how to break a big goal into smaller action steps, and how the 2% way c...

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Hope keeps us going through tough times. But we’ve all had times when we’ve felt utterly hopeless. It’s so hard to push through when you don’t have any hope that things will get better.

Maybe you have a health issue that causes you to feel utterly hopeless about the future. You might be convinced that no matter what you do or what medication you try, you’re never going to feel better.

Or, you might feel hopeless about your financial ...

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Brooke Shields has worked in Hollywood since 1978 as an actress and a model. She’s starred on magazine covers across the globe, appeared in movies like Blue Lagoon, and starred in the TV show Suddenly Susan.

She’s also a New York Times bestselling author. In 2005, her book Down Came the Rain talked about the debilitating postpartum depression she experienced after the birth of her daughter and this helped reduce the stigma associate...

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Whether you don’t feel like working out any longer or you don’t feel like cleaning the house, it’s tough to push yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing.

That’s because your brain will try to hijack your behavior. It might tell you that you’re too tired to keep going. Or it might distract you with catastrophic thoughts. 

But you don’t have to believe your brain when it tells you that you can’t stand to keep going. In fact, pu...

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Terry Crews is an NFL player turned actor and TV host. He has appeared on shows like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He’s also hosted shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and America’s Got Talent.

He’s the author of a new book called Tough. In it, he shares stories from his childhood, his experiences in the NFL, and how his idea of real toughness has evolved over the years. 

Some of the things he talks about in toda...

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Whether you want to lose weight or you want to get out of debt, change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process. And much of that process happens long before we even begin to create change.

Here are the six stages of change, how to identify which stage you're in, and what you can do to move through each stage.

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When your nervous system is activated and you feel complete panic, thinking calming thoughts might not cut it. Or, when you feel so angry you can’t think clearly, you won’t be able to have a productive problem-solving conversation. 

Sometimes, it’s helpful to calm your nervous system first. Changing your body’s physiology can calm both your brain and your body.

That’s where TIPP comes in. It involves four strategies that can change y...

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Eric Barker is the creator of a blog called Barking Up the Wrong Tree which presents scientific answers about how to "be awesome at life." He’s also the author of two best-selling books. Barking Up the Wrong Tree addressed the science of success. His new book, Plays Well With Others, discusses the science behind relationships. 

Some of the things Eric talks about are why friends might be more important than family when it co...

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Do you ever think you just don’t have any more to give? Are you emotionally exhausted? Do you feel cynical and hopeless? 

These are just a few signs that you might be experiencing burnout. High levels of chronic stress combined with a sense of feeling stuck can lead to burnout. 

You can’t always control all the factors that contribute to burnout. An unhealthy work environment may be to blame.

But there are steps you can take to improv...

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Lisa Bilyeu is co-founder of Quest Nutrition, a billion-dollar company. She’s also the president of Impact Theory, a weekly interview show that uncovers how achievers become successful.

She’s now the author of a book called Radical Confidence. In it, she describes how changing her mindset helped her create the life of her dreams.

Some of the things she talks about in today's episode are how gratitude was actually keeping her stuc...

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When someone is gaslighting you, you’ll likely second guess yourself. Gaslighters are good at convincing you that you’ve lost touch with reality.

Whether they lie about your behavior, insist your feelings are irrational, or say your thoughts are distorted, their goal is to cause you to feel as though you’re losing your mind.

While gaslighting is most often discussed in terms of romantic relationships, it can occur in other relationsh...

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Edith Eger was a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, a death camp. Dr. Eger and her sister survived, but their parents did not.

After the war, Dr. Eger got married and had a baby. She and her husband moved to the United States in 1949, and she got her degree in psychology. She began treating people with PTSD, which inspired her to continue working on healing herself.

Now, she’s w...

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Do you ever feel like your brain can’t possibly make one more decision? Do simple choices feel overwhelming sometimes? If so, you might be experiencing decision fatigue.

It’s a real problem that can affect all of us. Our decision-making mental muscles only have so much energy. And when those reserves are depleted, decision-making can go downhill fast.

For some people, decision fatigue causes them to make poor choices. For others, the...

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Chrissy Metz is an American actress and singer. She’s best known for her role as Kate Pearson on the TV series This Is Us. She’s been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and she’s won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Chrissy’s 2018 book, This Is Me, became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. In it, she describes her life growing up, the lessons she’s learned along the way, and her tips for living your best lif...

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Every week, my inbox is flooded with questions from podcast listeners and readers who want to know about mental health, mental strength, and therapy. As much as I’d love to be able to respond to each message, it’s no longer feasible to do so. 

So that’s where these "Ask Me Anything" episodes come in. Every month or so, I pick a few questions and address them on the podcast. 

On today’s show, I answer questions about recognizi...

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Jenn Mann is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is best known for being the host of VH1’s hit shows Couples Therapy and Family Therapy. 

She’s the author of several best-selling books including The Relationship Fix: Dr. Jenn’s 6-Step Guide to Improving Communication, Connection & Intimacy.

Some of the things she talks about today are common communication mistakes, how to reconnect with your partner, and how to improve y...

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Imposter syndrome is that uncomfortable feeling you experience when you think you’re unqualified and incompetent. You might look around and assume everyone knows what they’re doing except you. 

And if you achieve something good, you’ll chalk your accomplishments up to “good luck.” 

Almost everyone experiences imposter syndrome at one point or another. For some people, it’s a small problem. For others though, it can be debilitating.

If...

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Brooke is a television personality, author, fitness trainer, actress, and entrepreneur. 

She’s appeared on my shows over the years, including hosting Wild On!, a travel show that appeared on the E! network. She won the seventh season of Dancing With the Stars and then became a co-host of the show.

She’s the host of the Intimate Knowledge podcast. She’s appeared on the cover of many fitness, lifestyle, and fashion magazines. 

Despite h...

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Whether you carried on a whole conversation with spinach in your teeth or you slipped and fell in front of a whole room full of people, embarrassing moments are inevitable.

Although embarrassment feels uncomfortable, it won’t kill you. But the fear of embarrassment might actually be deadly. 

Fortunately, there’s help for people who fear being judged or who fear that they’ll experience embarrassment. It’s an issue we frequently addres...

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