How can positive quotes and motivational messages can help improve our mental health?
I’ve always loved to read and write. I’d go so far as to say that I’m a ‘romantic‘ when it comes to words. I find that they’re a better way for me to express myself than any other form of media. Positive quotes and motivational messages have always been a particular passion of mine.
But my passion for words didn’t start with me, my grandmother was exactly the same. It’s only recently that I’ve realized the extent of her own love affair with words. When going through her cabinets earlier this year we came across several books filled with quotes and short poems, some of which she’d even written herself. It’s, therefore, no surprise that I too love quotes both motivational and otherwise.
“Tulips in the garden, Tulips in the park, But the tulips we like best, Are the two lips in the dark.” – From my grandmother’s poem and quote book.
When I was growing up I kept scrapbooks filled with quotes. Some were handwritten on post-its while others were printed or cut out from magazines. You can only imagine my bedroom wall and the shelves filled with anything from small notebooks to full-sized sketch pads alongside various ‘quote’ books.
But why do positive quotes affect us like this? Why do we love and even collect them?
One: Quotes can help us to maintain a positive and hopeful mindset.
It’s easier to maintain a positive and hopeful mindset if we’re consuming positive material. That includes the literature we read, much like listening to music and viewing art. We use positive quotes as a type of reinforcement and support system for keeping an optimistic outlook. And depending on the outlook you want to portray, quotes can be an excellent way to reinforce that particular mindset.
Two. Quotes can provide a level of comfort in troubling times.
They can help remind us that better times are ahead and that this too shall pass. An excellent example would be the positive postcards sent to those who are unwell or the sympathy cards sent to the loved ones of the deceased. While these quotes may not help to alleviate negative emotions, they can help show a sense of solidarity. I personally turn to The Alphabet of the Human Heart by Matthew Johnstone and James Kerr when I’m feeling blue. This book is also very helpful for displaying positive emotions!
Three. They can remind us that we aren’t alone.
Someone has felt how we now feel or have gone through what we’re going through. And they’ve managed to come out the other side reasonably unscathed. While the fact that others have been where you are doesn’t make your feelings any less valid, the knowledge of this can help show us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if it seems really, really far away.
How you can use quotes to inspire and motivate you every day!
Hang them in your office, workspace, and living spaces!
When I worked in an office I used to have small quotes hidden in my planner or written on post-it notes. Now that I have my home office I’ve got various books, including those above, for quick reference should I need it.
Hanging them around is a great way to encourage yourself on those days when even turning the page can be feel like the most difficult thing in the world.
Keep a scrapbook or notebook full of your favourite ones!
Like I mentioned above, my grandmother and I both had a love for keeping quote journals. I remember distinctly writing quotes of scraps of paper and cigarette packets and sticking them into cheap notebooks for easy reference. When clearing out my childhood room I’d so many books that I didn’t know what to do with them.
Why not dedicate a shelf on or space for all your quote books, bought or created!?
I’ve a space dedicated to books on my workbench, and at the moment these four quote books dominate that space. I can easily reach for these books if I ever need to add a quote to a handwritten letter, blog post or social media post!
I recently created a canvas inspired by recovery, and it sits proudly at my workstation. Every morning I’m reminded that recovery is the ONLY way forward. Returning to sickness is not an option.