111 Mental Wellness Quotes to Inspire Positive Change

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and a reminder of the importance of taking care of our mental health. Life can often feel overwhelming, leaving us stressed and anxious. But by building a positive mindset and prioritizing our mental well-being, we can navigate life’s challenges with resilience and grace. I was inspired to put together this list of mental wellness quotes to help you on your path.

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Whether you’re seeking motivation, encouragement, or simply a reminder of your inner strength, these quotes are here to support you on your journey towards greater mental wellness. I hope they uplift your spirit, inspire positive change if you're looking to upgrade things, and ignite a sense of hope within you.

111 Powerful Mental Wellness Quotes 

Since 111 quotes is a lot, I divided them into categories so you can skim and jump to the categories that feel most relevant to you right now. 

Mental Health & Wellness

If you’ve struggled at all with your mental health in your life, you know that there are good times and bad. It feels like being on a roller coaster. The important thing to remember when you’re currently in a rough patch is that the bad time will pass. Keep going and never give up. This list of quotes is a reminder to the importance of our mental wellness.

  1. “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, frustrated, scared, or anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” – Lori Deschene


  2. “Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is essential. Your self-care is a necessity.” – Unknown


  3. “It’s okay to not be okay; it’s not okay to stay that way.” – Unknown


  4. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” – Julian Seifte


  5. “Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer


  6. “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” – Unknown


  7. “Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.” – Matt Haig


  8. “You are stronger than you know, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne


  9. “You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.” – David Mitchell


  10. “Healing comes in waves, and maybe today the wave hits the rocks, and that’s okay, darling, you are still healing.” – Unknown


  11. “Your feelings are valid. You have the right to feel whatever you feel. You aren’t exaggerating. You’re not being dramatic. You’re struggling, and that’s okay.” – Unknown


  12. “You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breath. You are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.” – Morgan Harper Nichols


  13. “Mental health is not a joke or something to brush under the rug. It’s real and it’s important, just like physical health.” – Unknown


  14. “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Unknown


  15. “Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself.” – Unknown


  16. “You are allowed to take up space. You are allowed to make noise. You are allowed to exist unapologetically. You matter.” – Unknown


  17. “You are not alone, and you are not a burden. Your feelings are valid, and your struggles matter.” – Unknown


  18. “Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.” – Unknown

The Power of a Positive Mindset

Improving our mindset, how we think about things, helps us respond more resiliently to all life’s trials. As we work on our mindset, we get stronger and those things that used to really bother us somehow become more manageable. To me, the biggest shifts in working on my mindset has given me the ability to respond rather than react, believe in myself and know that I’m worthy of happiness and success, and the fortitude to stay the course and finish what I start. There really is power in positive thinking. Here are some quotes on the subject that I find inspiring and I hope you do too.

  1. “Your mindset is everything. What you think, you become.” – Unknown


  2. “Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, and more happiness.” – Unknown


  3. “A positive mindset brings positive outcomes.” – Unknown


  4. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller


  5. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera


  6. “Positive thoughts lead to positive actions, which lead to positive results.” – Willy Nywening


  7. “Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” – Unknown


  8. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


  9. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar


  10. “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” – Unknown


  11. “The difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” – Unknown


  12. “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler


  13. “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill


  14. “Positivity is contagious. Surround yourself with positive people and watch your life change.” – Unknown


  15. “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.” – Unknown


  16. “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” – Harvey Mackay


  17. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt


  18. “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” – Unknown


  19. “Focus on the good.” – Unknown


Practicing Self-Love

This topic is one area of personal growth I struggled with the most. I still have moments of weakness and I’ll probably always have to be mindful of how I think about myself and the things I say to myself or about myself to others. Practicing self-love is just that—it takes practice and it’s a muscle we can all build. Here are some of the best quotes I found on self-love.

  1. “Self-love is not selfish; it’s essential for our well-being.” – Unknown


  2. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde


  3. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed


  4. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball


  5. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha


  6. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer


  7. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli


  8. “Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others.” – Unknown


  9. “When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.” – Harry Palmer


  10. “Self-love is the greatest medicine.” – Unknown


  11. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” – Brené Brown


  12. “You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.” – Unknown


  13. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” – Unknown


  14. “Self-love requires that we honor ourselves by staying true to our authentic selves and treating ourselves with kindness and respect.” – Unknown


  15. “Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” – Robert Holden


  16. “The more you love yourself, the less nonsense you’ll tolerate.” – Unknown


  17. “Loving yourself starts with liking yourself, which starts with respecting yourself, which starts with thinking of yourself in positive ways.” – Jerry Corsten


  18. “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” – Roy T. Bennett


  19. “Self-love is not a destination; it’s a journey of continuous growth and acceptance.” – Unknown


Overcoming Adversity

Life isn’t always easy and all we have to do is turn on a TV, get on social media, or even just go out in public to see that people are always struggling. It’s part of the human condition and we all struggle, whether it’s money, relationships, career, our health, grief and loss, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We can all expect to experience painful events. If you’re currently struggling, don’t give up. If you need some inspiration for manifesting during tough times, go here, and check out these quotes that I hope inspire you and push you to keep going.

  1. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela


  2. “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.” – Thomas Carlyle


  3. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein


  4. “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” – Morris Mandel


  5. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves


  6. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African Proverb


  7. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


  8. “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden


  9. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs


  10. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan


  11. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz


  12. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill


  13. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher


  14. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou


  15. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett


  16. “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.” – Unknown


  17. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford


  18. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon


  19. “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – Epictetus


Building Confidence & Self-Esteem

Confidence and self-esteem are foundational pillars upon which we build our lives. They shape how we perceive ourselves, interact with others, and pursue our aspirations. Without confidence and self-esteem, our journey towards success and fulfillment can be hindered. It’s essential to continuously nurture and strengthen these qualities, for they empower us to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and navigate life’s challenges with resilience. By cultivating a positive self-image and belief in our abilities, we lay the groundwork for achieving our goals and creating a life we love living. Here are some quotes to inspire you on your journey to building confidence and high self-esteem.

  1. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt


  1. “Self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.” – Unknown


  2. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne


  3. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


  4. “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. Mcintyre


  5. “The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.” – William Jennings Bryan


  6. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy


  7. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller


  8. “Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.” – Wayne Dyer


  9. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen


  10. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


  11. “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” – Zig Ziglar


  12. “Confidence is not ‘they will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’” – Christina Grimmie


  13. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson


  14. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey


  15. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt


  16. “Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.” – Louise Hart


Prioritizing Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish or just a luxury; it’s a fundamental necessity for our well-being. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to neglect our own needs amidst the demands of work, family, and other obligations. However, prioritizing self-care is essential for maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s about carving out time to recharge, rejuvenate, and nurture ourselves, so we can show up as the best versions of ourselves in every aspect of our lives.

Whether it’s taking a leisurely walk in nature, indulging in a favorite hobby, or simply practicing mindfulness, self-care rituals replenish our energy and restore our inner balance. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Here are some quotes to inspire you to prioritize self-care and make it an integral part of your daily routine.

  1. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed


  2. “Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.” – L.R. Knost


  3. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” – Unknown


  4. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia


  5. “Self-care is a divine responsibility.” – Danielle LaPorte


  6. “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day


  7. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn


  8. “Self-care is how we give ourselves the message that we are valuable and precious.” – Diane Dreher


  9. “Self-care is giving yourself permission to pause.” – Cecilia Tran


  10. “You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.” – Unknown


  11. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you.” – Unknown


  12. “Self-care is an investment in your mind, body, and soul.” – Unknown


  13. “Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” – Kristi Ling


  14. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia


  15. “The practice of self-care is learning to treat yourself as you would a good friend – with kindness, patience, and love.” – Kristin Neff


Common Questions:

Q: How can I improve my mental wellness on a daily basis?

A: Incorporating mindfulness practices, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and journaling, can help promote mental clarity, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Q: What role does self-care play in mental wellness?

A: Self-care is essential for maintaining mental wellness, as it involves prioritizing activities and practices that nourish and rejuvenate our mind, body, and spirit. This may include engaging in hobbies, spending time in nature, seeking social support, and setting healthy boundaries.

Q: How can I support a loved one who is struggling with their mental health?

A: Expressing empathy, offering a listening ear, and providing nonjudgmental support are crucial ways to support a loved one who is facing mental health challenges. Encouraging them to seek professional help and connecting them with resources in their community can also make a significant difference in their journey towards healing and recovery.

As we wrap up this collection of 111 mental wellness quotes, let’s remember the importance of prioritizing our mental health every day. Share these quotes with friends and family to spread awareness and inspire positive change. Together, we can promote mental wellness and support each other on our journey to a happier and healthier life.

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