I love quotes. A lot can be conveyed in a simple quote. At the same time, they can be uplifting and inspiring hope. Inspirational mental health quotes are a perfect follow up on my previous article about the Importance of Mental Health. Luckily, awareness is increasing, but it isn’t enough yet. Mental health awareness is still lacking in many friends and acquaintances of people who suffer from mental health issues, and consequently they find themselves alone.
Being alone while surrounded by many is a horrible feeling. When your burnout or other mental health issue is misunderstood and waved off with a “you’ll get over it”, feelings of frustration can abound.
It is not advisable to judge without knowing all the facts, and in cases of mental health issues, those judgments and well-meant tough love advice should especially be avoided. They end up doing more harm than good.
Just be present, if they need you. Sometimes, a listening ear is all that is needed to help. When someone is going through burnout or any other mental health issue, even if it is hard to relate to what they’re going through, accept that not everything may be understood, but let them know that you are there for them.
“You don’t have to suffer in silence.” – Demi Lovato
“You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” – Lili Rhinehart
“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.” – Unknown
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau
“I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at.” – Louis C.K.
“And if today, all you did was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you.” – Unknown
“Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. How could they know how long it will take you to heal you.” – Anonymous
“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave ending.” – Brené Brown
And here is one from the Harry Potter book series, which I found to be rich in uplifting quotes:
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Most of us have more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” – Dale Carnegie
“Learn to … be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” – Henri Frédérick Amiel
“Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is within you.” – Rumi
The following quote is one of my favorites:
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Sometimes, all it takes is one quote, just one quote instead of a long essay or article. One or two lines of shared wisdom to show us understanding, give us a little push, or fill us with newfound hope; and more importantly, make us realize that we are not alone in this.
Which of these quotes do you find inspiring? Which is or are your favorite(s)?
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