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87 Best Mental Health Quotes To Uplift & Inspire You

By 24/08/2023September 7th, 2023No Comments
A man walking through a parting in the ocean, symbolizing the journey through mental health challenges and finding a path to clarity.

Words have power. They can evoke emotions, incite action, and even change lives. When it comes to mental health, the right words can be a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope. And in this digital age, what better way to spread positivity than through mental health quotes that resonate with you? Welcome to our curated list of 87 mental health quotes designed to uplift and inspire you.

The Importance of Mental Health

Before we dive into our uplifting compilation, let’s talk about why mental health is crucial. Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. In our piece on how to reset, we discuss how the mind, body, and soul are interconnected and how you can “reset” them to achieve optimum wellness. The tools you’ll need to reset aren’t just physical; they’re mental as well.

“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is an essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”

Why Quotes?

Sometimes, all you need is a little nudge in the right direction. A well-placed quote can serve as a reminder that you are not alone, and there are many ways to improve your mental well-being. Mental health quotes serve as little packages of wisdom and inspiration. We also have a collection of positive quotes that aim to energise your mindset.

Categories of Quotes: A Treasure Trove for Every Mood

We’ve thoughtfully divided these 87 mental health quotes into various categories to cater to your different moods and needs. Here are some categories that you may find intriguing:

  • Affirmation Quotes: These are quotes that instil a sense of confidence. They remind you of your worth and your capabilities. For more, visit our collection of 47 affirmation quotes to inspire & encourage.
  • Self-Care Quotes: These quotes are your go-to if you’re feeling drained. Self-care is paramount, and these quotes aim to remind you of that. Explore over 100 self-care quotes that we’ve collected for you.
  • Kindness Quotes: A category for quotes that emphasise the importance of being kind, not just to others, but also to yourself. Find more about this in our piece featuring 94 quotes about kindness.


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And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for:

  1. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
  2. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman
  3. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde
  4. “The only way out is through.” – Robert Frost
  5. “She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus Poetry
  6. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “You are enough just as you are. Each emotion you feel, everything in your life, everything you do or do not do… it’s all okay. You are an incredible human being.” – Unknown
  8. “Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid
  9. “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage do.” – Unknown
  10. “Take your broken heart; make it into art.” – Carrie Fisher
  11. “She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” – E. Corona
  12. “Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay
  13. “Don’t let your mind bully your body.” – June Tomaso Wood
  14. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou
  15. “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, or anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” – Lori Deschene
  16. “Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.” – Maza Dohta
  17. “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the world but those who fight and win battles that others do not know anything about.” – Jonathan Harnisch
  18. “It’s okay to not be okay all the time.” – Unknown
  19. “You, yourself, are your own obstacle. Rise above yourself.” – Hafez
  20. “Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” – Unknown
  21. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown
  22. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
  23. “She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.” – Sylvester McNutt
  24. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung
  25. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale
  26. “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Unknown
  27. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  28. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy
  29. “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” – Steven Aitchison
  30. “Sometimes self-care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it’s spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes, it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul.” – Nanea Hoffman
  31. “I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown
  32. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli
  33. “It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” – Steve Maraboli
  34. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  35. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis
  36. “Be your own kind of beautiful.” – Unknown
  37. “Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.” – Joubert Botha
  38. “Ladies, you are not a rehabilitation center for badly raised men. It’s not your job to fix him, change him, parent him. You want a partner, not a project.” – Julia Roberts
  39. “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey
  40. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
  41. “Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” – Unknown
  42. “In case no one told you today, you’re beautiful. You’re loved. You’re needed. You’re alive for a reason. You’re stronger than you think.” – Unknown
  43. “Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.” – Unknown
  44. “It’s not the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
  45. “You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.” – Unknown
  46. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
  47. “Mental health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer
  48. “Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbara Kingsolver
  49. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  50. “Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.” – Jennifer Elisabeth
  51. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
  52. “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  53. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  54. “She needed a hero. So that’s what she became.” – Unknown
  55. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” – Unknown
  56. “Never apologise for taking care of YOU.” – Unknown
  57. “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.” – Unknown
  58. “I’ve found that growing up means being honest. About what I want. What I need. What I feel. Who I am.” – Epiphany
  59. “This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.” – Unknown
  60. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  61. “You are worth more than your darkness.” – Unknown
  62. “Your current situation is not your final destination.” – Unknown
  63. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
  64. “Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.” – Unknown
  65. “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  66. “The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  67. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  68. “You are under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, month, or even 15 minutes ago. You have the right to grow. No apologies.” – Unknown
  69. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
  70. “Sometimes, mental illness is terrifying because you feel like you’re completely alone in your head, and you want to escape it.” – Ella Greenwood
  71. “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” – Cheryl Richardson
  72. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  73. “You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.” – Ram Dass
  74. “The best project you’ll ever work on is you.” – Unknown
  75. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
  76. “Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.” – Unknown
  77. “Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is essential. Your self-care is a necessity.” – Unknown
  78. “Mental toughness is when you can find fuel in an empty tank.” – Unknown
  79. “Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’, illness becomes wellness.” – Shannon L. Alder
  80. “Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, notice more than you realize.” – Unknown
  81. “You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.” – Unknown
  82. “It’s okay to be a glow stick. Sometimes we have to break before we shine.” – Unknown
  83. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett
  84. “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” – Akshay Dubey
  85. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
  86. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banksy
  87. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” – Julian Seifter

More Than Just Words

The impact of these mental health quotes isn’t confined to mere words; they serve as guidelines for living a fulfilled life. Alongside quotes, it’s essential to have mottos to guide you. In our collection of 40 mottos to live by, we highlight key phrases that can act as pillars for your life.

Beware the Comparison Trap!

But as we shower ourselves with all these lovely quotes and affirmations, it’s crucial to avoid the “comparison trap.” Comparing yourself with others can undermine your mental well-being. Why? Because, as we discuss in our article, comparison is the thief of joy.

Striving for Authenticity

Last but not least, let’s touch on the theme of authenticity. Being true to yourself is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. In a world that often demands conformity, sticking to your true self can be challenging but rewarding. Find out if you’re on the right path with our 11 signs that indicate you’re an authentic person.

A Final Thought on Selflessness

While you’re working on your mental health, don’t forget about the power of giving and kindness. Being selfless not only uplifts others but can significantly contribute to your well-being. To know more about this, delve into our article on the importance of selflessness.

Words are powerful, and the right mental health quotes can serve as your emotional first aid kit. So go ahead, explore these quotes, share them, live by them, and most importantly, believe in them. Your journey to better mental health starts with a single, inspired thought.

Feel free to share your favourite mental health quotes with us and how they’ve impacted your life. We’re always here to support your wellness journey.


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