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In this post, Mental Health Bloggers share some of the best mental health quotes they’ve heard in their journeys so far!
As you may know, I’m BANANAS about quotes and affirmations! (Check out just a few of the quotes I’ve put into visuals over the course of last year below). I’ve even got a whole section of our Self Care Center dedicated to an endless inspirational quote stream. But, I’m not the only one who loves a good, encouraging quote. I have lots of blogger friends who find courage in the words of others.
So today, I’m going to share their best mental health quotes with YOU! Each blogger is so different, bringing amazing perspective to each quote they share. My hope is through this variety, you’ll find one that resonates deeply with you and your MH journey.
But first, let’s check out what it means to be a Mental Health Blogger!
What’s A Mental Health Blogger And Why Are They Important?
A Mental Health Blogger (or influencer) is anyone who writes on mental health, wellness, and/or personal growth (among many other topics). Some focus on their own journeys like my friend Tay Hagemman who writes a very personal blog and podcast about healing from domestic violence. Others lean towards mental health education or increasing awareness of certain mental health and wellness issues. And there are bloggers who provide a much needed safe space for people to express their feelings. Some even do it through the arts, like my friends over at Serene Life Consulting (check out the submission guidelines for the collaborative art project she’s running on her blog).
So a Mental Health Blogger really can be any content creator who’s talking publicly about mental health. Cool, but why is that important?
Well, as a Mental Health Blogger, I’m part of a community of amazing people who took their personal wellness journeys and made them public. And, like it or not, being public about your mental health struggles can be a risky thing. You never know how people will react because of the intense stigma placed on mental illness. But my friends and I, we do it anyway.
Because our visibility helps others realize they can “fight in the open” too. Which helps us all smash the stigma of mental illness by building connection, community, and awareness. The more we normalize talking about personal mental health, the better the world becomes!
Now, On To The 7 Best Mental Health Quotes
Sometimes, it can get pretty heavy being a mental health blogger or influencer. That’s because most (if not all) of us are fighting our own inner battles while trying to help others. You can imagine how exhausting that can be!! So sometimes the helpers need help and many of us turn to the quotes that inspire us to keep going.
So, just what are these quotes? And why do these bloggers say they are the very best mental health quotes for them to hear when they’re down and out?
Let’s find out!
Annalise Seger of Lotus Living Blog
According to Annalise, she created her blog, Lotus Living, out of a “need to tell people that we are not okay and it is not a shameful thing to say.” She writes because she wants more people to understand that just because someone seems happy on the outside, doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling on the inside. The quotes she’s submitted tell us about the courage and strength she uses every day to “fight like hell” against her depression and help others to live a better, more vulnerable life.
“It’s a simple quote, but I love the words “keep going” so much I had them tattooed on my wrist. To me these simple two words hold so much power. They remind me to keep going in moments where maybe I don’t feel like it or like I have the strength to.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have“
I also have the quote “you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” tattooed on me as well. The meaning for me is in the quote. It holds so much power and really resonates with me during hard times.
Andrea Segura Arceneaux of My Big Fat Bipolar Life Blog
Andrea is a blogger and mental health advocate who lives with Bipolar Disorder. She is tireless about making her website, My Big Fat Bipolar Life, an educational hub for those curious about living with (and living well with) Bipolar. She also provides a safe space for contributors to share their stories as well as what works for them in their mental health journeys. (Psst, you can check out the collaboration piece I did for Andrea on my struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder here)!
Andrea’s quotes give you some insight into her dauntless attitude when it comes to healing and living her best life! She’s teaching us all that it’s okay to feel your feelings but also it’s just as important to move on when the time is right!
“It’s okay not to be okay as long as you don’t unpack and live there.”
“Mental illness will knock you down, but it’s your choice whether or not to stay down or get back up. It is fine to take a moment to regroup, but then you must stand back up, dust yourself off, and move forward, even if it is just one step at a time.
“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
My other original quote is: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” Nobody has a perfect life, but when you live with mental illness, it adds another dimension of struggle. The trick to still finding the wonderful in your life is to make the choice to find your own piece of happiness in every day, even if it is just drinking the your favorite chai latte while you watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. If you look at the world through the lens of what is right instead of what is wrong, it changes your your worldview. Instead of only seeing the obstacles and challenges, you begin to see the hope and possibilities.“
While Andi isn’t a Mental Health Blogger, she’s a content creator with deep roots in the mental health social media community. As she works to heal herself, Andi shares virtually everything she’s learned with the world in a variety of online groups. I’ve learned so much from her, and not just about mental health content but about being a better person!
Her quote really speaks to her accepting heart, which often tells others “it’s okay not to be okay right now, your health doesn’t define you as a person or disqualify you from the good stuff in life”
“It’s ok not to be okay”
“It’s ok to not be ok” is my favorite mantra that keeps me going. I’ve spent so much of my life hiding the fact that I’m struggling, and I realize now that I’ve been hiding my strength that way too.”
Jenni Brennan of Changing Perspectives Blog
Through her blog and podcast, Jenni provides an amazing resource for those experiencing heavy emotions – especially those dealing with the topic of grief. Changing Perspectives is focused on educating the world on mental health following the four key principals of Authenticity, Connection, Fun and Thought Provoking Content.
The quotes Jenni submitted remind us all to hold on to hope, even when it seems like you’ll never see the sun again as well as reminding us that sometimes, we need to change our perspectives in order to live our truth.
And there you have it – the 7 best mental health quotes as told by Mental Health Bloggers! I hope these quotes (and the bloggers behind them) help you carry on through good times and bad. If you’ve ever thought about telling your mental health story or maybe even want to begin blogging yourself, there’s no better time than the present! Because every time you tell your truth, someone else is encouraged to tell theirs too…and that’s how we change the world.
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