Are you feeling down and overwhelmed by life? Do you feel like there’s no point to doing anything anymore? You’re not alone. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental illnesses in the world, impacting millions of people. But it’s important to know that these conditions are highly treatable – all it takes is a little motivation, support, and patience.
This blog post is for those who have depression or anxiety and need a little pick me up to help them feel hopeful and motivated. It’s so easy to get caught up in negative thoughts about our lives when we’re struggling with these conditions. But sometimes, all it takes is reading an uplifting quote from someone else out there who has been through it too, to put things back into perspective.
So here are 23 depression and anxiety quotes to keep you feeling hopeful and motivated!
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” —John Green
“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.” —David Mitchell
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”—Parker Palmer
“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
“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.
“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” —Zig Ziglar
“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous
“I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.” — Anonymous
“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” — Pema Chodron
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
“No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” – Karen Salmansohn
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” — Amit Ray
“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.” – Paulo Coelho
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill
“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” – Roy T. Bennett
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” — Marcus Aurelius
“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” – Robert Tew
“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” — Carl Sandburg
“Worrying about outcomes over which I have no control is punishing myself before the universe has decided whether I ought to be punished.” —Sherry Thomas
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, she became a butterfly.” — Barbara Haines Howett
“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear (that results) from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller
“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.”
— Nicole Reed