13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

By Amy Morin

No matter what your goals are, you’ll be better equipped to reach your full potential when you’re feeling mentally strong.
— Amy Morin


Are you ready to take back your power, embrace change, face your fears and train your brain for happiness and success?

We thought so!

Everyone knows that regular exercise leads to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? Through her years counselling others and her own experiences of personal loss, psychotherapist Amy Morin realised it is often the habits we cannot break that hold us back from true success and happiness.

Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practise and hard work, but with Morin’s tips, exercises and troublsehooting advice, it is possible not only to fortify your mental muscle but also to improve drastically the quality of your life.


  1. Self-help books are great at telling us what to do, but here’s one that’s telling us what NOT to do. Which seems like a much gentler way to create some serious change for busy people.

  2. We all have mental health - from good to bad and everything in between depending on a whole host of variables - and I love the idea that whatever the state of that mental health we can all work to cultivate more strength and resilience to deal with whatever life throws at us.

  3. This is a straight-talking book packed with actionable advice for every type of person. Identify the areas you might need to look at using the checklists at the beginning of each chapter and then get to work…


Amy says: “I’m a psychotherapist turned ‘accidental’ author. I started my career as a psychotherapist thinking about how I was going to help other people become mentally strong. I never imagined how much I was going to need to build my own mental muscles.

“After losing my mother and my husband, my interest in mental strength became personal. I began studying people who came into my therapy office to learn why some of them were stronger than others. I wanted to know, what made some people able to turn their struggles into strength.

“I realized, the secret to mental strength wasn’t just about what people did—it was more about what they didn’t do. In 2013, during one of my lowest points, I wrote myself a letter about all the bad habits I wanted to avoid. When I was done, I had a list of 13 things that could rob me of mental strength if I let them. I found comfort in reading that letter. So a few days later, I published it online. I hoped someone else might find it helpful too.

“I never imagined it would resonate with so many people—but that letter was read over 50 million times. Within a matter of days, a literary agent called and suggested I write a book. And my life has never been the same.”

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  • We’ll be sharing quotes, exercises and questions for discussion throughout the month on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Author Amy Morin will be joining us LIVE on Instagram and Facebook over the month - watch this space for dates.

  • Come along to a real-life meetup, always held on the last Monday of the month (Mon 29th April 2019). And if there’s no meetup in your area yet and you want one, then let us know so we can try and include in our roll out plans.