You can’t go far on social media without seeing an inspirational quote. Sometimes on top of a beautiful landscape photo, or alongside a portrait of a smiling person. Do you ever wonder why we seek out quotes and post them to our platforms so often? Psychologist Jonathan Fader was asked and it turns out a well-structured message with a strong image can appeal to our aspirational nature and be meaningful and powerful in changing our thinking and helping us see something in ourselves that we want to change or overcome.
We’ve compiled quotes by people who live with mental illness and/or believe in prioritizing mental health. We urge you to turn to these quotes in times you’re feeling down or hopeless. These quotes probably won’t cure your depression or turn your life around, but we hope they’ll resonate as a hopeful and inspiring message and pulls out optimism from within you.
Remember, you’re not alone.
Demi Lovato, an outspoken celebrity who shares her struggles with addiction, self-harm, and bipolar disorder encourages speaking up and reaching out.
Like Demi, Fred encourages speaking up to make the thoughts and feelings inside you feel a little less overwhelming.
Anxiety and other mental illnesses have this way of tricking us. In the depths of depression or hype of anxiety, it can feel inevitable you’ll live this way forever, or never feel good again. Your brain is wrong.
We love this quote by Emery Lord, sharing the strength it takes to overcome mental illness and tough times in life.
Whether you’re a Harry Potter fanatic or not, you have to admit the truth in this quote. There is always a “light” or silver lining, even if it’s hard to see.
We know, it’s easier said than done, but everything is temporary, you’ll see!
Yes, yes, yes! Therapy is an incredible way to work discover, work through, and recover.
And you deserve to heal.
Perhaps this isn’t a helpful quote when you’re feeling anxious, since you can’t simply “turn it off,” but we think it’s important to remind yourself. Try to remind that anxiety overwhelming you that you can only go forward.
Give yourself the love, affection, and understanding you so freely give others.
Mental illness can make the most “simple” task a chore.
Even in the hardest of times, something good will come out of it. You are going to grow and learn so much about yourself.
Like Winston Churchill said above, keep going.
Don’t focus on what you can’t control, focus on what you can.
Your story is personal. You don’t need to share it, but know you aren’t alone and others will see your story as a tale of courage, inspiration, and resilience.
Couldn’t have said it any better. Trust us, you have it in you to get through.
How about that for a reframe and change of perspective?
We all experience crushing disappointment or anxiety around the timing of our lives, but it all works out and you will receive what you’re looking for when the time is right!
There’s a lot in life we cant choose, but there’s just as much we can. Start today and make the future you will love.
You’re not better than another for putting up a front. Allow yourself to be “soft” that’s even braver.
As the psychologist said, reading a quote can resonate with us as we look inward for what we want to change or accomplish and picture it coming to fruition. When it comes to mental health, it can feel isolating to feel depressed, anxious, or down in any way, but these quotes remind you you’re not alone. There are people who have been there and have gotten through. Save these quotes for the future, or send it to a friend who needs some inspiration and hope!