7 Best Mental Health Quotes To Get You Through Quarantine
Mental health: such an important topic. It’s important because it is a universal issue: everyone, at some point, experiences some type of mental health crisis.
Many people suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to depression, anxiety, or other so-called disorders. Shame is a silent killer. My heart hopes that shame around mental illness will soon be a thing of the past.
In our culture, we are so accustomed to being on the go that, when our soul nudges us for some healing, requiring reflection and solitude, it can feel like a death sentence! I know how daunting it can feel to have to take a step back from your routine or activities and actually spend some time working with yourself and your emotions.
The recent social isolation caused by the response to COVID has had a huge impact on communities across the world: anxiety, depression and suicide rates have tragically gone way up. It would only add insult to injury to exacerbate the mental health issues by adding shame and condemnation to the mix. It is time to end the shame and stigma and let the heart healing begin.
If you are one of the suffering, from this moment on, instead of seeing yourself as broken and in need of fixing, say to yourself: “I am healing and growing.” Then partner with God to watch the transformation happen!
7 Best Mental Health Quotes To Boost Your Faith
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!” – A.A. Milne
One of the most powerful means of healing starts with belief: believe you can change! And believe you can change for the better! Believe you will get better, and you will.
Change is slow, but everyday there is an opportunity for growth no matter how small. It could be smiling in the morning, saying one affirmation of gratitude, or appreciating the sun on your skin. Focussing on the positive and expressing gratitude changes the way your brain functions. Taking an active approach toward your wellbeing is the first step in the road to recovery.
There is strength in getting help: strength that is often needed for recovery. A lot of people don’t reach out and get help due to their fear of the stigmas: both the stigmas associated with mental illness and the stigmas associated with “being needy.”
It is important to let go of the fears and realize that getting help is actually a strength. It takes strength to be vulnerable, to move beyond the shame and self-blame, and to seek the support of those around you. And remember: seek progress, not perfection.
“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what can be!” – Unknown
We are not defined by events that happened to us. Our past does not determine what we are capable of in the future or who we can become.
Mental health recovery involves re-training the brain and creating new neural pathways. This can be with new thoughts of self-compassion and a new awareness about the voices that run our lives. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2b
Our Western society suggests a pill for every ill, but that doesn’t heal the root. While medical interventions may be useful for some, depending on where they are at, it is a last step and must never be seen as a “cure-all”. There is still healing to be done!
What we know about the brain is quite limited, but recent research on neuroplasticity has shown the brain is highly malleable. We once thought that an adult brain was fully done growing. But it’s not done: it can be rewired. Your brain is plastic!
But, like anything good in life, brain change doesn’t come for free! It takes work. But, the great news is: it’s possible! How incredible! All mental health issues can not only be treated, but you can reclaim your state of wholeness and feel even better than ever before. Literally, you can create the best version of yourself – more you than anything else.
“It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed. I am not limited by any past thinking. I choose my thoughts with care. I constantly have new insights and new ways of looking at my world. I am willing to change and grow.” — Louise Hay
This is such an important truth! In the West, there is a lot of emphasis on positive thinking, which can have a lot of us trying to control our thoughts. In the midst of a mental health crisis, a person will likely have many “negative” thoughts and emotions. This can make them believe a whole host of things about these thoughts. For example, they may conclude that, if they are having these thoughts, they must be true. Or worse – that because they have these types of thoughts, something is wrong with them! Doing a brain detox is hugely helpful and I highly recommend a book called “Switch on Your Brain” by Caroline Leaf to help guide you through that process.
While it is important to notice our thoughts and emotions, we need to have the awareness that we are not our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions pass through us. They are not a reflection of our character or who we are. Everyone has the power to tell intrusive thoughts to get lost! This is especially important for the voice of our Inner Critic which usually seems to perk up at the times we are feeling most low.
“Mindfulness is our ability to pay attention to the present moment. With curiosity and without judgement” – Unknown
Mindfulness can help with this detachment. Having a negative thought or negative emotion doesn’t mean you are negative. If you think a thought that says, “I am depressed” does not mean that YOU are depressed. Remember that “I am feeling depressed” simply means an emotion of depression is in you. It is just a thought, indicating a feeling or emotion.
While this can be hard to imagine when you are in the midst of depression, taking your thoughts captive by doing a brain detox can be a really good tool for clarifying your thoughts and ideas. Do seek out accountability and help though: during a mental health crisis, our amygdala may be working overtime because of a heightened fear response in our brain. The response of fear gives way to heightened anxiety and anxious thinking, which is why someone in a crisis is having trouble calming their brain down. So tread with kindness and support.
“You fill a bucket drop by drop. You clear your mind thought by thought. You heal yourself moment by moment. Today I make one drop, clear one thought, and get present to one moment. And then I do it again.” ― Lisa Wimberger
The best things for someone to do during a time like this will contradict how they are feeling. Be sure to keep a routine or keep busy. If you have to go slower, go slower. When something is going wrong inside, focus on the outside. Keeping focussed on our responsibilities and tasks will help keep our thinking healthier. Keeping busy gives our minds something to focus upon – rather than overthinking and overanalyzing. When our brain is in a state of panic, confusion, or depression, our thinking is not clear and is often unhelpful.
We have more control than we think about this. Avoidance is natural, but the only way to beat avoidance is through doing the things we are avoiding. You have a choice. Choose. Just put your best foot forward, one step at a time.
“Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head.” – Unknown
I know when we are experiencing a mental health crisis, we might feel tempted to define ourselves by our struggle. But remember that this is all happening inside our own minds. Who we are is beyond any of these stories, ideas, or beliefs about ourselves. We are truly amazing creatures, amazing beings, and children of God. Create a list of affirmations and keep it by you wherever you go. Read the list and remind yourself of these affirmations as often as you can. You are more than the stories in your mind, or the pain you have been through. You are a child of God who was created for eternal life.
“What you look at the longest will become the strongest in your life.” – Kimberley Milousis
If you’re constantly listening to sad music, reading scary and sad books, watching the news 24/7, your mind will revolve around these topics. I have a whole 1-hour lesson about this topic in my signature course, Life More Abundantly. ess
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