We are living in uncertain and depressing times as the whole world is put on pause because of COVID-19. You may feel like never getting out of bed and ruminating on negative thoughts about how things will not get better. These motivational quotes can help get you through this pandemic and serve as a reminder that you are stronger than you believe and things will get better.
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” –Charlie Chaplin
It is important to remember that this pandemic is not going to last forever. Eventually, life will go on, the way it has always gone on. You will be able to go back to work and things will start to open up again. If you have lost your job as a result of the virus, look at this as an opportunity to work a better job or study for a new field.
Charlie Chaplin’s point was that even if it seems like the problems we are experiencing will never go away, there is always a chance those troubles will go away. It is important to think positively during this time, in hopes that a vaccine will be developed and that social distancing will pay off.
“Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” –Theodore Roosevelt
You may be feeling very down right now and believe there is no point in putting effort into anything if there is a pandemic forcing us to stay in our homes. The truth is that you can still make an effort to improve your life right from your home. Even if you are feeling sad, find the strength in yourself to keep going on with your normal routine.
This can mean continuing to do things like waking your kids up and giving them educational materials to work on at home, cleaning the house, finding a virtual job to make money for now, and going to the grocery store (or ordering them for delivery). Just because the world is on pause right now does not mean the way you run your household or raise your children has to be interrupted.
“It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety, and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.” –Prince Harry
While you are at home, it is important to use this opportunity to reach out to those who can help you with your mental health. If you ended up contracting an illness or hurt yourself, you would go to a doctor about it. The same can be said if you are struggling with your mental illness or addiction.
There are many mental health professionals you can speak to online, like on TalkSpace. Because of COVID-19, there are a lot of affordable deals occurring online. In addition to speaking to a professional, talk about your depression with family members who live with you—or give them a call, if you are living alone.
Never let your thoughts go unheard, as speaking to someone can make a world of difference. Since this is a pandemic that is affecting the whole world, there are more people who can relate to what you are going through than any other time.
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” –John Green
One symptom of depression or anxiety is having catastrophic thoughts. It may seem like we are living in a catastrophe right now, but there is hope that things could get better. Part of what makes anxiety or depression a mental illness is when your brain is telling you something that is not true. You may be developing thoughts that it will never get better.
The best thing you can do right now is limit how often you check into your social media feeds, which can help you avoid reading posts and articles about people’s predictions of how long this virus could go on or how bad it is. CDC.gov is the most trustworthy website to go on for accurate information pertaining to the virus. You need to tell yourself that there is hope things will get better; this pandemic is not going to go on forever.
“Remember the blue sky. It may at times be obscured by clouds, but it is always there.” –Andy Puddicombe
Andy Puddicombe made an observant point with this quote. The sky does not always look perfect—there may be many clouds blocking the sun or a lot of dark clouds taking away our sunshine. This pandemic is like a dark cloud covering the whole world. You need to believe that eventually, the sun will come out and that dark cloud will dissolve and fade away completely. After all, it is never always raining or always sunny. The weather has to change eventually.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” –Carl Jung
Carl Jung is saying we do not have to let our circumstances change or define us. We can still rise above our circumstances and make something of ourselves.
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