Words aren’t always the easiest things to form, yet seem to have the biggest impact on our lives. Something that someone said years ago – without forethought and by chance – and promptly forgotten, could be a sentence that the person next to them clings onto for years to come.
When we’re fighting our way through the cloud of depression, words are one of the things that help make us feel whole again, and offer up a shred of faith that this will get better. Words of wisdom. Advice. Understanding. Words that roll round and round our terrified brain and sate the fires of worry with hope. There are certain quotes which help us through the toughest of days, we wanted to share a few of our favourites with you.
1. For when you feel weak
“You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. And that, my love, is bravery.” – Anonymous
2. For when those around you don’t understand
“Telling someone with a mental illness to ‘snap out of it’ is like telling someone who is deaf to listen harder.” – Unknown
3. For when you feel like you have to fight this alone
“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’, illness becomes wellness.” – Shannon L Alder
4. For when you feel like a burden on your friends
“My mind is my enemy so I need you on my side. Sometimes I even need you to fight alongside me.” – Erin Farmer-Perrine
5. For when bad thoughts have sent your mind reeling
“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis
6. For when depression makes you feel like a failure
“You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things even though they scare you and make you anxious. You are amazing for trying and holding on, no matter how hard life gets. So I hope you’re proud of yourself. You deserve it.” – Unknown
7. For when you’re learning to sit with your feelings
“The only thing we can be certain of is change.” – Jennifer Worth
8. For when depression makes you feel like a fraud for wearing a ‘mask’
“I think the saddest people always try their best to make people happy, because they know what it feels like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams
9. For when you wonder if you’re winning this battle
“One small crack does not mean you are broken. It means you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” – Linda Poindexter
10. For when all you feel you can do is survive
“You just keep living, until you feel alive again.” – Jennifer Worth
What quotes have seen you through your darkest times?
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