You don’t have to be strong all of the time. It is crucial to acknowledge your emotions and allow yourself to be human.
People benefit from different things when the going gets tough; under some circumstances, a person needs their pain validated, and in other situations, they need a reminder that things will be okay.
Sometimes, it’s both. It’s important to check in with yourself and see what you need. Do you need to feel your pain right now, or do you need a reminder that you can and will move forward?
The truth is that only you know and that need either of these things or both of these things, is valid. When you’re struggling and want a reminder to keep going, affirmations, quotes, and self-talk can be beneficial.
Whether you need courage, a push to ask for help, validation, or self-compassion, here are some quotes to help keep you going when you need it.
20 Mental Health Quotes To Keep You Going
1. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
2. “Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay
3. “If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain, in time, you will move through your pain.” – Bryant H. McGill
4. “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” – Lori Deschene
5. “Be patient and tough; someday, this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid
6. “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
7. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
8. “Mental health is just as important as physical health and deserves the same quality of support.” – Kate Middleton
9. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
10. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
11. “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” – Bernard Meltzer
12. “My friend, care for your psyche. Know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.” – Socrates
13. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.” – Emma Stone
14. “Asking for help is never a sign of weakness. It’s one of the bravest things you can do, and it can save your life.” – Lily Collins
15. “If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson
16. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
17. “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” – Vera Nazarian
18. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
19. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
20. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green
What To Do When Things Get Tough
Quotes like those above can give you a boost, but they cannot replace the support of a medical or mental health professional.
If you are struggling with a mental health condition, interpersonal relationships, familial issues, grief, stress, or something else, seeing a therapist can help.
To find a therapist, there are a number of paths you can take. You can ask your doctor for a referral, contact your insurance company to see who they cover if applicable, search the web, use an online therapist directory, or use a remote therapy platform like MyTherapist.
All of the providers on MyTherapist are licensed mental health professionals, and when you sign up, you’ll take a short questionnaire that’ll help you find a good fit.
You can switch providers or cancel services for free at any time, and it’s often more affordable than traditional in-person therapy or counseling.
Whether you see someone in person or online, you deserve to get the support that you need, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help.