Everyone needs some inspiration from time to time. You might watch Legally Blonde to get you motivated for your exams, or you may have started watching the “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” to encourage you to clean your house. Mental health recovery is no different. With the lack of resources for mental health recovery, I feel it is important to share some encouragement to let anyone out there struggling know that it will get better.
“For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen; a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth”
I adore this quote and the message it conveys. We often see a fall as a failure, but sometimes you need to go backwards before you can go forwards. Quotes that explain the cathartic process always stick out to me as they don’t dismiss the negative aspects of recovery, but instead they reinforce how important they are. If someone’s not broke you won’t fix it but sometimes you don’t realise that you have broken and consequently you need an obvious sign. Furthermore, this quote highlights how things will get better; sometimes bad things happen to allow good things to take place.
“She is tossed by the waves but does not sink”
This imagery explains that even though recovery from depression may be extremely difficult and you may struggle, you still manage to stay afloat. The most important thing is that no matter how hard it gets, you continue your fight. In the end, does it matter how hard it was or what the outcome was? Where there is no struggle there is no strength and anyone who has experienced depression has an infinite amount of strength.
“The poison leaves bit by bit. Be patient. You are healing”
This quote is great encouragement for those in the middle of their recovery – they aren’t as bad as they were but they have a long way to go. It can be extremely frustrating when you put everything you have into your recovery to gradually see tiny improvements, or even sometimes set-backs. However, remembering that recovery is never linear can really help as it makes you trust the process more and a lot of faith is needed to face your demons everyday.
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” – J.K. Rowling
“At least it can’t get any worse” is a common joke, however, it’s actually a great perspective. If your situation can’t deteriorate then why not try whatever you can to help yourself? The only way you can go is up and that is quite a freeing concept. And when you rebuild your life, because you can and you will, you will appreciate how far you have come and the strength you have demonstrated.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower”
This quote has an amazing message that you are not the problem and that the environment is the problem. Unhealthy lifestyles often trigger depression and this is reminiscent of this quote. You may not realise that it is even possible that your lifestyle has such a great impact on your health, but it does. Every aspect of your life is intertwined with your health, down to the food you eat to the friends you spend your time with. By improving your lifestyle, you improve your mental health and I really recommend doing everything you can to become healthy. Socialise with positive people, eat well and exercise – everything is much more related than you would imagine.
“And when you heal, you will understand why you broke”
This quote is specific to after you have recovered; during this period you will realise that even although you are back to normal, you aren’t the same person who entered the storm – but perhaps that was what the storm was all about. Reflecting upon your life can be enlightening, you may discover the trigger to your mental health struggles and you will experience a whole lot of self-growth. You’re now a better version of yourself – smarter, stronger and wiser. And for the first time, you will recognise why this had to happen and the positives such a horrendous situation brought.
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