When Nazis attacked the U.K. during WWII, Sir Winston Churchill’s government came up with a campaign slogan that would strengthen the spirit of the British population.
Since then, the phrase “Keep Calm & Carry On” has not only uplifted the citizens of a war-torn country. It’s also been postered to many a college dorm wall!
This goes to show that, besides crossing vast oceans, motivational quotes can endure in the hearts and minds of those who choose to listen; that the right combination of words can illuminate even our darkest days.
At QWERTYdelight, besides referring to ourselves in the third person, we strive to keep your mental health and personal wellbeing a top priority.
To that end, we’ve been hard at work curating a list of mental health quotes and motivational phrases that aim to capture your imagination and help you slay another day!
You can check out our work-in-progress Pinterest board, QWERTYquotes, whenever you need a new dose of inspiration in your life.
‘Til then, we hope that the below top 10 mental health quotes will galvanize you into positive action and help you yield incandescent results against your wildest hopes and dream!
10 MENTAL HEALTH QUOTES TO SLAY ANOTHER DAY
1. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare
Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.
Nope. We stand corrected. A few things are rotten.
For starters, there’s this whole murder mess according to the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Secondly, our anti-hero, Hamlet himself, well, he just loses his shit across five acts, pondering whether to be or not to be, while poor, naive Ophelia prays for his man to come to his damn senses!
As the drama unfolds in “Hamlet,” we bear witness to how tormenting these thoughts become to our protagonist. He’s imprisoned by them, so to speak, burdened by the knowledge of his father’s murder.
The above quote shines a light on the notion that we are indeed what we think.
But according to one Roman Emperor (see below), it doesn’t have to be this way.
2. “You have the power over your mind… Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
Another oldie-but-goodie, Marcus Aurelius was lauded as Rome’s finest emperor. You know. Back in the day.
And it just so happens that he was a formidable wordsmith, too.
His philosophical musings have been dusted off the shelves of ancient history, compiled into a classic work titled “Meditations.”
Like Shakespeare’s words in “Hamlet,” this quote by Marcus Aurelius touches on what we choose to believe; how destructive thoughts can lead to destructive outcomes.
In other (indelicate) words, if we choose to think of ourselves as pieces of shit, then we’ll probably end up in a proverbial pile of cow dung.
On the other hand, if we think of ourselves as badass bitches, imagine the badassery we’ll be able to manifest from this bold thought pattern.
I’d bet my bottom dollar that the results would be much better than being submerged in a gooey pile of stinky shit.
3. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
Once upon a time, I took the road less traveled.
While my American peers were sucking on the cozy teats of Europe, I decided to “find myself” in Africa.
Because, like many writers, I was curious to discover what a challenging, far-away place would reveal about me — the person I was at age 21 and who I might become later in life.
After graduating college, I booked a flight to Cape Town and went from hostel to hostel over the next three months, riding on dilapidated buses (none of which had a working AC) bound for Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland, only to discover that I wasn’t really finding myself.
I was running away from myself.
You see, Africa forced me to come to grips with accepting my sexuality. (Yes, Africa of all places!)
Because when you’re thousands of miles away from the nearest friend or relative, you simultaneously feel a deep sense of anonymity and an overwhelming sense of freedom.
But I knew that upon my return to the States, I would have to bulldoze through the obstacles that kept me from living my best life as a fierce homosexual.
And, by God, I sure as hell did!
4. “At the very least, failing will prove that you did something.” – QWERTYdelight
Hold on a sec.
Sorry. I just had to go toot my own horn!
The above mental health quote is from the desk of QWERTYdelight, where fear is shot in the face and kicked in the groin (and not necessarily in that order.)
Look, fear is the #1 killer of dreams. (Period. And for realsies.)
How many of you are paralyzed by it?
This is no bueno, dear reader.
It’s time to move a muscle; time to shimmy your way out of the scary quicksand that threatens to swallow you whole.
5. “The best bridge between despair & hope is a good night’s sleep.” – Matthew Walker
If you haven’t noticed by now, QWERTYdelight’s big on catching some serious shut-eye.
We even have a collection of sleep articles that’ll help you drift into a peaceful slumber, whether you’re in bed, on the couch, or in a tent somewhere in bumblefuck-Utah.
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This should help ease you into the evening like a mother-effing champ.
This also means no excuse for getting less than eight hours of sleep each night.
Unless you’re a new parent, or, like, a cyborg, or something.
6. “Filling my mind with pleasant thoughts is the quickest road to health.” – Louise Hay
Ah, the late Louise Hay: the queen of affirmations.
According to Hay, you not only have the power to invoke positive change in your life. You can set the intention to manifest a pathway towards healing that drop-kicks illnesses, impediments and other annoying things that begin with the letter “I” in the chest.
This mental health quote affirms the first two of this article: that we are what we think.
So, think positively, dear reader, and know that when a thought threatens to derail your life, you can change it at any time, thereby making it your “bitch.”
7. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Perhaps one of the most self-explanatory mental health quotes on this list, these words by ice hockey all-star, Wayne Gretzky, speak volumes on the fear of taking risks.
So often in Life we mitigate risk by withholding (from ourselves) what could be a lucrative opportunity or a rewarding experience.
Why? Because we fear epic failure as much as we fear the Candyman.
Rather than taking a big risk, even though it might lead to a big payoff, we choose to remain in our safety spheres. We’re comfortable inhabiting these spheres because we know them. And we often tend to fear what we don’t know.
As a result, we choose to not “put ourselves out there,” or “take a swing,” or “dive into the deep end.”
And that’s too bad.
Because a risk might be worth the payoff.
You just won’t know it until you try.
8. “Mental illness is real. And like everything else in life, it operates on a spectrum.” – Oprah Winfrey
This mental health quote by Oprah Winfrey points an accusatory finger at the stigma associated with mental illness.
In American culture, we lionize the “strong type” — the tenacious, unrelenting, confident person who simply can’t afford to come undone.
It’s no wonder that poor mental health is perceived as a sign of weakness, or a character flaw, or both.
Instead of acknowledging that our mental health is gradually deteriorating like an abandoned, 16th-century villa in bucolic Tuscany, we’d rather push this “weakness” to the darkest pits of our subconscious and allow it to fester there until, sadly, we implode with rage and despair.
Why not admit that mental illness is real (like Oprah said) and take pride in the incontrovertible truth that human beings are vulnerable creatures?
Take it from my friends over at AA: admitting that you have a problem is the first step in clotheslining and then elbow-dropping said problem on this wrestling mat we call Life.
(Have I gone overboard with WWE references in this article? Methinks not.)
9. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals, but their families as well.” – Glenn Close
I think we can all agree that the bat-shit crazy character Glenn Close played in 1987’s “Fatal Attraction” wasn’t quite the personification of “Good Mental Health.”
Thankfully, this seven-time Academy Award nominee seems to have a good head on her shoulders when it comes to prioritizing mental health (and wise words to boot.)
Inspired by her sister’s life-long struggle with bipolar disorder — a disease that she and her family never spoke about while growing up in a conservative cult in Switzerland — Close launched “Bring Change 2 Mind” in 2010, “a U.S.-based nonprofit organization working to change attitudes about mental illness through public education and partnerships.”1
This is the kind of advocacy needed to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness. And it’s a perfect mental health quote to inspire others to show more compassion and empathy towards those suffering from mental diseases.
10. “It’s okay not to be okay.” – Unknown
Perhaps the mental health quote to end all mental health quotes:
“It’s okay not to be okay.”
If we are indeed what we think, then think of the splendors of life that can be yours through hard work and determination.
Moreover, if you’re plagued with a negative thought, do me a favor: don’t freak the f*ck out.
Listen to my girl, Louise Hay: “It’s only a thought. And a thought can be changed.”
Finally, if you know someone who’s suffering from a mental illness, offer them your unconditional support; coax the words from the pits of their subconscious that need to be released to begin the healing process.
And don’t forget to be delightful, dear reader, because that’s what you’re here for.