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50 Motivational Quotes for Bad Mental Health Days

If you are having a bad mental health day, it can help to say affirmations, or read motivational quotes to feed your brain with positivity. Saying something positive can help to counteract your mind's negative mental bias.

According to Scribbr,

Under negativity bias, we are inclined to internalize negative experiences more deeply, causing us to worry and dwell on small things. For example, we may obsess over a comment we made at a party and later regret or focus on the fact that someone cut in line in front of us. Even if the rest of our day was neutral or positive, these minor incidents can carry a disproportionately large weight and impact our mood.

When we are having a bad day, or our mood is down in the dumps, we are likely to fall into the trap of the negativity bias more than ever. So, it is the times we are struggling the most that we need to try to focus our minds back to something positive.

The more you focus on good outcomes and possibilities instead of on negative things that have happened or that might happen, it improves your outlook on life incredibly!

  1. Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'— Audrey Hepburn

  2. Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.— Walt Whitman

  3. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.- Winston Churchill

  4. Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others. - Stephen R. Covey

  5. We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim. - R.M. Drake

  6. First, accept sadness. Realize that without losing, winning isn't so great. - Alyssa Milano

  7. Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others. - Jasmine Warga

  8. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. - Jonathan Safran Foer

  9. Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. - Christopher Morley

  10. Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. - Yoko Ono

  11. A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat.– Paulo Coelho

  12. Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.– Misty Copeland

  13. True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” – Oprah Winfrey

  14. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain. - Vivian Greene

  15. Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. -Deepak Chopra

  16. No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. ― Heraclitus

  17. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.- Nelson Mandela

  18. The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.- John Maxwell

  19. A year from now you may wish you had started today.- Karen Lamb

  20. Nothing lasts forever. Not even your troubles.- Arnold H Glasgow

  21. Do, or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

  22. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. - Mother Teresa

  23. If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. - Dolly Parton

  24. Done is better than perfect. - Sheryl Sandberg

  25. Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow. - Helen Keller

  26. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

  27. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – Suzy Kassem

  28. The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.– Tony Robbins

  29. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Breault

  30. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

  31. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

  32. You do not find the happy life. You make it. – Camilla Eyring Kimball

  33. Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones. – Ralph Marston

  34. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.– Albert Einstein

  35. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

  36. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

  37. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle

  38. To live, to TRULY live, we must be willing to RISK. To be nothing in order to find everything. To leap before we look.― Mandy Hale

  39. We think that the things we are going to regret are the things that we didn't attain; but that's not what we're going to regret. We're going to regret the things we didn't give, the love we didn't show, the time we didn't spend on someone who mattered... what we didn't GIVE. That's what we're going to regret!― C. JoyBell

  40. We have to stop telling ourselves that everyone is watching, waiting for us to fail. They really aren’t.― Beth Kempton

  41. Time is so short that you should not waste it with people who do not share your love of life.― Germany Kent

  42. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.– Albert Einstein

  43. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

  44. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi

  45. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam

  46. You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. – Maya Angelou

  47. Love, friendship, laughter… Some of the best things in life really are free. – Bob Marley

  48. Don’t wait for the right opportunity. Create it. – George Bernard Shaw

  49. Don’t count the days. Make the days count. – Muhammad Ali

  50. You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.― Rumi

If you enjoy these quotes, you can write them down in your journal, hang them on your wall, or put them anywhere that you can look at them for when you need motivation throughout the day. This way, you can get the benefit of a lift of positive thinking anytime you are feeling down

The more motivation and positivity you have in your life, the more it can inspire you to move forward in life, and to make the best of the bad days. As you find quotes that you like on social media, or elsewhere in your studies, you can write them down in a journal so that you can revisit them later, too.

Pretty soon, you will have some of your favorite quotes committed to memory, so that you can easily think of them any time that you are struggling.

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