Different people, different problems. But no matter what problems you encounter, there’s always something within control: your thoughts and feelings.

The way you approach setbacks in life is a reflection of your mental health, according to psychologist and clinical mental health counsellor Maria Micha. “If you’re emotionally resilient, you can go through anything and still have a good time,” she says in an enlightening podcast with Her World Editor Ng Yi Lian and co-host Charmaine Yee.

That doesn’t mean that you’ve to be happy always. “Allow yourself to find happiness in the difficult moments. It’s a different type of happiness, but it’s a good practice, because that’s real life. And when true joy comes, allow yourself to be immersed in it,” says Maria.

During the 37-minute podcast, Maria also shared some strategies for cognitive reframing, which helps you see things from a broader and more helpful perspective. For instance, when faced with challenges, think about them as things that are happening for you, not to you.

For more uplifting advice and tips to stay mentally healthy, tune in to the Her World Pow Wow podcast on Spotify.

Her World Pow Wow is a women-empowering podcast series in which Editor Ng Yi Lian and #HerWorldTribe member/host Charmaine Yee dive deep into heart-to-heart conversations with trailblazing women to learn about their struggles and wins and how they navigate through them all.