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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

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Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

AMY MORIN

WHAT IS MENTAL STRENGTH?
THE BASIS OF MENTAL STRENGTH
CHOOSE BEHAVIOR BASED ON BALANCED EMOTIONS AND
RATIONAL THINKING
THE BENEFITS OF MENTAL STRENGTH
HOW TO DEVELOP MENTAL STRENGTH


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 220 p
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 ISBN
 EPUB Edition
 December 2014 
  
 9780062358318
Copyright©   
 2014 by Amy Morin 


Introduction
When I was twenty-three, my mother died suddenly from a brain aneurysm.
She’d always been a healthy, hardworking, vibrant woman who had loved life
right up until her last minute on earth. In fact, I saw her the night before she
died. We met at an auditorium to watch a high school basketball tournament.
She was laughing, talking, and enjoying life like she always did. But just twentyfour
hours later she was gone. The loss of my mother affected me deeply. I
couldn’t imagine going through the rest of my life without her advice, laughter, or love.

At the time, I was working as a therapist at a community mental health center,
and I took a few weeks off to privately deal with my grief. I knew I couldn’t be
effective at helping other people unless I was able to productively deal with my
own feelings. Becoming used to a life that no longer included my mother was a
process. It wasn’t easy, but I worked hard to get myself back on my feet. From
my training as a therapist, I knew that time doesn’t heal anything; it’s how we
deal with that time that determines the speed at which we heal. I understood that
grief was the necessary process that would eventually alleviate my pain, so I
allowed myself to feel sad, to get angry, and to fully accept what I’d truly lost
when my mother passed away. It wasn’t just that I missed her—it was also the
painful realization that she would never be there again during the important
events in my life and that she would never experience the things she’d looked
forward to—like retire from her job and become a grandmother. With supportive
friends and family, and my faith in God, I found a sense of peace; and as life
went on, I was able to remember my mother with a smile, rather than with pangs of sadness.

A few years later, as we approached the third anniversary of my mother’s
death, my husband, Lincoln, and I discussed how to best honor her memory that
weekend. Friends had invited us to watch a basketball game on Saturday
evening. Coincidentally, the game was being played in the same auditorium
where we’d last seen my mother. Lincoln and I talked about what it would be
like to go back to the place where we’d seen her, just three years ago, on the
night before she passed away.

We decided it could be a wonderful way to celebrate her life. After all, my
memories of her that night were very good. We’d laughed, had a chance to talk
about all kinds of things, and had an all-around great evening. My mother had
even predicted my sister would get married to her boyfriend at the time—and a
few years later that prediction came true.
So Lincoln and I returned to the auditorium and we enjoyed spending time
with our friends. We knew it was what my mother would have wanted. It felt
nice to go back and feel okay about being there. But just as I took a sigh of relief
about my progress in dealing with my mother’s death, my entire life was once
again turned upside down.

After returning home from the basketball game, Lincoln complained of back
pain. He’d broken several vertebrae in a car accident a few years prior, so back
pain wasn’t unusual for him. But just a few minutes later, he collapsed. I called
for paramedics and they arrived within minutes and transported him to the
hospital. I called his mother, and his family met me in the emergency room. I
had no idea what could possibly be wrong with him.
After a few minutes in the emergency room waiting area, we were called into
a private room. Before the doctor even said a word, I knew what he was going to
say. Lincoln had passed away. He’d had a heart attack.

On the same weekend that we honored the three-year anniversary of my
mother’s death, I now found myself a widow. It just didn’t make any sense.
Lincoln was only twenty-six and he didn’t have any history of heart problems.
How could he be here one minute and gone the next? I was still adjusting to life
without my mother, and now I’d have to learn how to deal with life without
Lincoln. I couldn’t imagine how I would get through this.
Dealing with the death of a spouse is such a surreal experience. There were so
many choices to be made at a time when I really wasn’t in any shape to decide
anything. Within a matter of hours, I had to start making decisions about
everything from the funeral arrangements to the wording of the obituary. There
wasn’t any time to let the reality of the situation really sink in; it was completely
overwhelming.

I was fortunate to have many people in my life who supported me. A journey
through grief is an individual process, but loving friends and family certainly
helped. There were times when it seemed to get a little easier and times when it
would get worse. Just when I’d think I was getting better, I’d turn another corner
to find overwhelming sadness waiting for me. Grief is an emotionally, mentally,
and physically exhausting process.
There were so many things to feel sad about too. I felt sad for my husband’s
family, knowing how much they’d loved Lincoln. I felt sad about all the things
Lincoln would never experience. And I was sad about all the things we’d never
get to do together, not to mention, how much I missed him.
I took as much time off from work as I could. Those months are mostly a blur
as I was focused on just putting one foot in front of the other every day. But I
couldn’t stay out of work forever. I was down to just one income and had to get
back into the office.

After a couple of months, my supervisor called and asked about my plans to
return to work. My clients had been told I would be out of the office indefinitely
while I dealt with a family emergency. They weren’t given any type of time
frame about how long I’d be out, since we weren’t really sure what was going to
happen. But now, they needed an answer. I certainly wasn’t done grieving, and I
definitely wasn’t “better,” but I needed to go back to work.
Just like when I’d lost my mother, I had to allow myself time to experience
the sorrow head-on. There was no ignoring it or pushing it away. I had to
experience the pain while also proactively helping myself heal. I couldn’t allow
myself to stay stuck in my negative emotions. Although it would have been easy
to pity myself or dwell on my past memories, I knew it wouldn’t be healthy. I
had to make a conscious choice to start down a long road to building a new life
for myself.

I had to decide whether some of the goals Lincoln and I shared together were
still going to be my goals. We’d been foster parents for a few years and had
planned to eventually adopt a child. But did I still want to adopt a child as a
single woman? I continued my work as a foster parent, providing mostly
emergency and respite placements, for the next few years, but I wasn’t sure I still
wanted to adopt a child without Lincoln.
I also had to create new goals for myself now that I was alone. I decided to
venture out and try new things. I got my motorcycle license and bought a
motorcycle. I also began writing. At first it was mostly a hobby, but eventually it
turned into a part-time job. I had to renegotiate new relationships with people as
well by figuring out which of Lincoln’s friends would remain my friends and
what my relationship with his family would be like without him. Fortunately for
me, many of his closest friends maintained friendships with me. And his family
continued to treat me like part of their family.

About four years later, I was fortunate enough to find love again. Or maybe I
should say love found me. I was sort of getting used to life as a single person.
But that all changed when I began dating Steve. We’d known each other for
years and slowly our friendship turned into a relationship. Eventually, we started
talking about a future together. Although I had never thought I’d get married
again, with Steve it just seemed right.
I didn’t want a formal wedding or a reception that parodied the ceremony I’d
had with Lincoln. Although I knew my guests would be thrilled to see me marry
again, I also knew it would conjure up pangs of sadness for people as they
remembered Lincoln. I didn’t want my wedding day to be a somber occasion, so
Steve and I decided to have a nontraditional wedding. We eloped to Las Vegas
and it was a completely joyous occasion that centered around our love and happiness.

About a year after we married, we decided to sell the house that Lincoln and I
had lived in, and we moved a few hours away. We’d be closer to my sister and
my nieces and it gave us an opportunity to have a fresh start. I got a job at a busy
medical practice and we were looking forward to enjoying our future together.
Just as life seemed to be going great, our road to happiness took another strange
twist when Steve’s father was diagnosed with cancer.
Initially, doctors predicted that his treatment could help keep the cancer at bay
for several years. But after a few months, it was clear that he wasn’t likely to
survive one year, let alone several. He’d tried a few different options but nothing
really worked. As time went on the doctors grew more perplexed by his lack of
response to treatment. After about seven months, he’d run out of treatment options.

The news hit me like a ton of bricks. Rob was so full of life. He was the kind
of guy who could always pull a quarter from behind a kid’s ear and he told some
of the funniest stories I have ever heard. Although he lived in Minnesota and we
lived in Maine, we saw him often. Since he was retired, he had the availability to
visit with us for weeks at a time and I’d always joked with him that he was my
favorite houseguest—because he was basically our only houseguest.
He was also one of my biggest fans when it came to my writing. He read
whatever I wrote, whether it was an article about parenting or a piece on
psychology. Quite often, he’d call me with story ideas and suggestions.
Even though Rob was seventy-two, it felt like he was too young to be so sick.
Right up until the previous summer he was motorcycling across the country,
sailing around Lake Superior, and cruising the countryside with the top down in
his convertible. But now he was too sick, and the doctors were clear—he was
only going to get worse.

This time I had a different experience dealing with death. My mother’s and
Lincoln’s deaths were completely unexpected and sudden. But this time, I had
warning. I knew what was coming, and it filled me with a sense of dread.
I found myself thinking, Here we go again. I didn’t want to go through such a
staggering loss all over again. It just didn’t seem right. I know plenty of people
my age who haven’t lost anyone, so why did I have to lose so many of my loved
ones? I sat at the table thinking about how unfair it was, how hard it was going
to be, and how much I wanted things to be different.
I also knew I couldn’t let myself go down that road. After all, I’d been
through this before and I’d be okay again. If I let myself fall into the trap of
thinking my situation was worse than anyone else’s, or if I convinced myself that
I couldn’t handle one more loss, it wasn’t going to help. Instead, it would only
hold me back from dealing with the reality of my situation.
It was at that moment that I sat down and wrote my list “13 Things Mentally
Strong People Don’t Do.” They were the habits I’d fought so hard against to
come out on the other side of my grief. They were the things that could hold me
back from getting better, if I allowed them to take hold of me.
Not surprisingly, they were the same skills I was giving to the clients who
entered my therapy office. But writing them down was something I needed to do
to help me stay on track. It was a reminder that I could choose to be mentally
strong. And I needed to be strong, because a few weeks after writing down that
list, Rob passed away.

Psychotherapists are known for helping others build on their strengths, doling
out tips on how they should act and what they can do to improve themselves. But
when I created my list on mental strength, I decided to stray for a moment from
what has become second nature to me. And focusing on what not to do has made
all the difference. Good habits are important, but it’s often our bad habits that
prevent us from reaching our full potential. You can have all the good habits in
the world, but if you keep doing the bad habits alongside the good ones, you’ll
struggle to reach your goals. Think of it this way: you’re only as good as your
worst habits.

Bad habits are like heavy weights that you drag around as you go about your
day. They’ll slow you down, tire you out, and frustrate you. Despite your hard
work and talent, you’ll struggle to reach your full potential when you’ve got
certain thoughts, behaviors, and feelings holding you back.
Picture a man who chooses to go to the gym every day. He works out for
almost two hours. He keeps a careful record of the exercises he performs so he
can track his progress. Over the course of six months, he isn’t noticing much of a
change. He feels frustrated that he’s not losing weight and gaining muscle. He
tells his friends and family that it just doesn’t make sense why he’s not looking
and feeling better. After all, he rarely ever misses a workout. What he leaves out
of the equation is the fact that he enjoys a treat on his drive home from the gym
every day. After all that exercise, he feels hungry and tells himself, “I’ve worked
hard. I deserve a treat!” So each day, he eats one dozen donuts on his drive home.

Seems ridiculous, right? But we all are guilty of this kind of behavior. We
work hard to do the things that we think will make us better, but we forget to
focus on the things that might be sabotaging our efforts.
Avoiding these thirteen habits isn’t just what will help you through grief.
Getting rid of them will help you develop mental strength, which is essential to
dealing with all life’s problems—big or small. No matter what your goals are,
you’ll be better equipped to reach your full potential when you’re feeling
mentally strong.
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Table of Contents
DEDICATION
INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS MENTAL STRENGTH?
CHAPTER 1
THEY DON’T WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR THEMSELVES
CHAPTER 2
THEY DON’T GIVE AWAY THEIR POWER
CHAPTER 3
THEY DON’T SHY AWAY FROM CHANGE
CHAPTER 4
THEY DON’T FOCUS ON THINGS THEY CAN’T CONTROL
CHAPTER 5
THEY DON’T WORRY ABOUT PLEASING EVERYONE
CHAPTER 6
THEY DON’T FEAR TAKING CALCULATED RISKS
CHAPTER 7
THEY DON’T DWELL ON THE PAST
CHAPTER 8
THEY DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES OVER AND OVER
CHAPTER 9
THEY DON’T RESENT OTHER PEOPLE’S SUCCESS
CHAPTER 10
THEY DON’T GIVE UP AFTER THE FIRST FAILURE
CHAPTER 11
THEY DON’T FEAR ALONE TIME
CHAPTER 12
THEY DON’T FEEL THE WORLD OWES THEM ANYTHING
CHAPTER 13
THEY DON’T EXPECT IMMEDIATE RESULTS
CONCLUSION:
MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH
REFERENCES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
COPYRIGHT
ABOUT THE PUBLISHERS


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