Inspirational Quotes For People With Depression
Today I wanted to share some of my the quotes that help inspire me when I’m depressed. I hope they help you if you’re feeling crappy. I also made them into backgrounds you can use on your computer. If you’d like to receive the free backgrounds just put your email below. I know how hard it is to be at the bottom of depression. I used affirmations and quotes to help me shift out of depression and to help motivate me on bad days. I know it can be difficult to live with and manage depression and I hope these quotes for depression help you start feeling a little better.
If you’re depressed you’re not alone. I receive emails and messages from women every day that are struggling with depression. I had clinical depression for ten years before I ever got help for it and it is something I still manage to this day. One of my biggest regrets is not getting help for my depression sooner. When I think of all the life experiences I missed out on because I didn’t get treatment for my depression I really wish I had gotten help sooner. Don’t be like me and wait until things are really bad to get help. If you’re struggling with your mental health try BetterHelp (online therapy) or find a therapist near you that can help you treat your depression.
Depression and Mindset
Changing your mindset can help you manage symptoms of depression. If you’re interested in the gratitude exercise I do everyday check out my podcast episode here. Inspirational quotes can help you shift your focus from the thoughts that are usually making you feel depressed to a message of hope or inspiration. Find as many ways as you can to interrupt your negative thought patterns to help you find some relief from depression. When I was suffering from clinical depression I would often beat myself up and play really negative thoughts like “you fail at everything you do” or “life is never going to get any better”. Thinking these thoughts over and over only made me feel worse and I had to find ways to interrupt my thought pattern. I used positive podcasts (check out my favorites here), audiobooks (click here for 30 days of free audiobooks) and affirmations to start reprograming my brain and training it to focus on positive things. Using these quotes for depression can help you start to shift your mindset if you’re struggling with depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression manifests itself differently for everyone. These are just a few of the more common symptoms of depression. If you are suffering I urge you to talk to a Doctor or Therapist. If you want more information about depression symptoms and types click here. You can also find all of my tips for coping with depression in my depression survival guide.
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Low energy
- Lack of interest in activities
- Difficulty starting or completing tasks
- Lack of appetite or eating too much
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Feeling sad, empty or anxious
- Suicidal ideation
- Feelings of hopelessness
Using Quotes For Depression
If you’re looking for inspirational quotes for depression you are probably trying to find something that can help you shift your mindset and give you a moment of relief. I use quotes, affirmations to interrupt my negative thought patterns. Inspirational quotes can give you a way to focus on something positive for a couple moments. When you’re struggling with depression you have to train your mind to think positive thoughts throughout the day. To use quotes to make an impact on your depression you need to look at them throughout the day and use them to help you feel hopeful and inspired in your body. I have a podcast episode about how I feel gratitude throughout the day you can check out on Podbean or iTunes. Here are some ways you can use these inspirational quotes to help with depression throughout the day.
Think about WHEN you need them
Identify when you most often feel crappy during the day. Is it during your lunch break? Before bed at night? What tasks and times of day are the most difficult for you? I used to really struggle at night because I would feel lonely and sad. When I got into bed I would trap myself into a negative thought spiral. Make a list of the times during the day that you usually struggle with and any other tasks that trigger negative thoughts.
Make a Plan
How can you use inspirational quotes and affirmations to interrupt your thought pattern when your negative thinking starts to take over? I started writing affirmations, gratitude and inspirational quotes in my journal every night when I get into bed. This helped me practice feeling good even though I was alone at night. Over time I got better and better at not allowing myself to spiral into a negative thought pattern and I was able to maintain my positive mindset for a longer and longer time at night. Here are some ideas you can try out to incorporate the inspirational quotes that you find in your day.
- Set them as alarms in your phone so they will pop up on your phone throughout the day
- Write them on post-it notes and stick them where you will see them often
- Put a whiteboard on your door and stand in front of it and read it everytime you leave the house
- Keep a list of inspirational quotes and ideas in the front of your journal
- Put all of your favorite quotes in a list in your phone and look at it throughout the day
- Include your favorite quote as your email signature so you see it everytime you send an email
- Change all of your computer passwords to something inspirational
- Put inspiring quotes on the door of your refrigerator
“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” — Susan Polis Schutz
“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers
“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” — Madeleine L’Engle
“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen
“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis
“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” – James R. Cook
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans
“If you’re going through Hell, keep going. ” -Winston Churchill
“Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past. ” – Brian Tracey
“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” -Napoleon Hill
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” -Chinese Proverb
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. ” -Mark Twain
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind.” -William James
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ” -Will Rogers
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
“Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.” – Meister Eckhart
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Author Unknown
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen
“It is never too late to live happily ever after.” – Anonymous
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope this post gives you some ideas to start using inspirational quotes to help you shift your mindset and start living a better life. I know how difficult positive thinking is when you’re feeling really depressed. I started by just trying to break my negative thought patterns and feel better for a few seconds at a time. As I practiced more and more I was able to break the negative thought spirals I would get in and stay focused on positive thoughts for a longer and longer period of time. This practice is really difficult at first but it gets easier with more time.
I am not a licensed therapist or mental health professional. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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