Never underestimate the power of a good quote. Sometimes a quote is all you need to hear to completely change your mindset and can be the push you need for whatever it is you might be battling. So in honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m giving you my top 10 favourite quotes that you need to hear. Read them, absorb them, save one as your phone wallpaper, write them on post-it notes and put them on your bathroom mirror. They’re guaranteed to get you into positive-thinking mode.
“It’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe”
The reason I love this one so much is because it reassures us that if we’re ever feeling unproductive or unable to even do anything that day, it’s okay. Sometimes we need days exactly like that when we’re feeling down just to tell us that not every day has to be the same, you don’t need to achieve something huge everyday - just breathing and being here is absolutely fine. Plus, it makes the days that you are productive seem all the more better!
“Get into the habit of asking yourself: does this support the life I’m trying to create?”
This is such an important question and it should be constantly asked. When you’re making a decision you’re unsure about or you’re experiencing something negative, really question whether it’s worth it. Is this feeling you’re having contributing to your future self? If not, time to make a change. Only do things that are going to support the life you want! You only have one life so you’re completely entitled to cater it to how you want, not letting anything get in the way of that.
“When you learn how much you’re worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts”
Every boss girl’s mantra. Self-worth is e v e r y t h i n g, and if you don’t know your own you’re gonna be letting people take advantage of you. If people know you’re not confident in yourself, they may use that to exploit something from you that they think they can get. Learn exactly what makes you, you. Learn the positive things about yourself, learn what you’re good at and if people want those things from you, make sure you’re holding your own and being true to yourself along the way.
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine”
Meaning exactly what it sounds like. You may not know it, but lots of the small things we do in our everyday lives contribute to our future. Just putting aside a bit of money every week will eventually lead to being able to afford something you’ve wanted for ages. Going to the gym one morning could lead you to feel that little bit more confident in yourself to wear that dress you’ve always wanted to get. Just having a search around on the web for possible job vacancies could lead you to find the dream job you’ve always wanted. The little things you decide to do will have an impact on how you are as a person, what you do and where you’ll go in the future. Make sure you’re being the best you can be now - your future self will thank you!
“Your comfort zone can be a lovely place, but nothing ever grows there”
Being in your comfort zone can feel so safe. Let’s not kid ourselves - if we could stay there forever we probably would. But unfortunately we can’t and at some point we’re gonna be pushed so far out of it that it’ll probably be absolutely terrifying at first. I don’t know about you, but I've always felt the best and learnt the most after being pushed into something I wasn't 100% comfortable with in that moment. You don’t learn anything new from being in an environment you know completely and to grow as a person you need to learn new things! Even though it’s daunting to push yourself further, you always get the best results from it.
"If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small”
Take some time to write a list of all your goals, big and small. The small ones can be anything from eating dairy free 4 days a week to putting a fiver aside every day for future savings - small adjustments that you know you can do, that way you feel really accomplished when you stick to them. Your big goals, however, should be what you actually want from life in any aspect. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Where do you want to be? What is your serious dream job? When do you see yourself getting your own place? How are you going to get there? The answers to these questions are supposed to be scary! Don’t be scared about writing down a goal that seems unrealistic right now. Research and plan how you can get there and then make it happen!
“Visualise your highest self. Start showing up as her”
The way other people see you is a reflection of how you feel inside. If you feel unconfident or upset, other people tend to notice it too. Visualise your best self. What does she walk like? What is her facial expression? How does she act? What are her personality traits? Show up as her, whether that’s just going for food with your friends or walking into work on a Monday morning. People will instantly notice the difference and it can help you view yourself in a really positive light. Your confidence can increase a lot when you start really believing in yourself and what you’re about.
“Direction is so much more important than speed. Some people are going nowhere, fast”
This really highlights the importance of not comparing yourself to other people. In our society, comparing ourselves to everyone else is part of a daily routine, but this is so wrong! Every single person is different, we’re all on different journeys with different goals, at different stages in our lives. What’s important is we stay in our own lanes, but supporting each other along the way. Progress is different for everyone and just because it looks like people are moving faster than you in life, it doesn’t always mean that’s what’s actually happening. Anything these days can be posted on social media to appear way better than the reality, so definitely don’t believe everything you see online. Focus on yourself and the rest will follow. As long as you know you’re doing your best, there’s not much else you could ask for!
"You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one”
Moving on is hard. It doesn’t matter how big or small the thing is you’re trying to move on from - it can be extremely hard. Obviously you’re going to worry about it and think about it and dwell on it - you’re allowed to do that. But don’t dwell on it so much that it consumes your mind and you can’t move forward. You can’t progress through life always looking back at the bad things because it’ll distract you from seeing what’s good in your life right now! Appreciate what you have right now, knowing what’s happened to you is staying in the past and has made you into the amazing woman you are right now.
“Take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come”
This is such a wholesome quote! This time last year where did you think you’d be? My guess is probably not where you are now. A lot can happen in such a short amount of time and it’s good to note how much you smashed it this year compared to last year! Be proud of everything you’ve done in the past 12 months and embrace every emotion you felt - ultimately it’s led you to where you are right now. With this mindset, every year you can better yourself and turn yourself into the dream woman you’ve always wanted to be as a little girl.
Let's keep the conversation going - it's Mental Health Awareness Month but mental health is every minute of every day. It's so important for us to keep talking about it and normalising it. Remember to reward yourself for accomplishing small things, set goals, remain positive and let things be that are in the past. Let's all support each other in this one life we've been given! 🤩
You can find more of these quotes on our Mental Health Awareness board on Pinterest!