Inspirational Quotes For Stress and Depression

Stress and depression can lead us down a dark path. It’s easy to forget how far we have come and how far we will go. When times of anxiety and depression happen, use these quotes to remind yourself that you are a healthy, beautiful, and influential person. We all need reminders. Find one that you connect with and put it somewhere you can see it regularly.


The struggle with depression isolates us from our loved ones. We don’t have energy or interest in people, places, or activities that once brought us happiness. Depression can decrease our ability to have meaningful relationships. We can isolate ourselves from others while fostering feelings of abandonment, low self-worth, and despair. There are times when words lift us out of our depression and guide us to seek others’ company. Seeking help for depression can seem overwhelming, but it is a step toward regaining our former selves.

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” 

— John Green

 “Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.”

— Brooke Davis

“I have endured pain and loss. I have felt broken. I have known hardship, and I have felt lost and alone. But here I stand, trying to move forward, one day at a time. I will remember the lessons in my life because they are making me who I am. Stronger. A warrior.” 

— Anonymous

 “In the middle of winter, I, at last, discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”

— Albert Camus from Return to Tipasa

 “Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” 

— Susan Polis Schutz

 “A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” 

— Stephan Hoeller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” 

— Helen Keller

 “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” 

— Fred Rogers

 “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” 

Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” 

— Matt Lucas


David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sang a song titled “Under Pressure.” The lyrics express a need to scream and get out when feeling lots of pressure. Don’t be afraid to step away from the situation or people and find a place of comfort even if it is a moment of calm. Stress, if left untreated, can cause various health issues. Finding healthy ways to release feelings of frustration or stress allows us to refocus. Even if you don’t have a significant amount of time to step away from a stressful situation remembering how others respond to stress can help.

 “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

— Sydney J. Harris

  “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, but if we do each thing calmly and carefully, we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”

—  Viggo Mortensen

 “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”

— David Allen

 “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” 

— Lee Iacocca

 “Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”

— Ziggy Marley

 “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

 William James

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”

—John Newton

 “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’”

— Eckhart Tolle

“Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” 

— Dan Millman

 “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” 

— Kahlil Gibran

Are you struggling with stress or depression? You’re not alone. Many people struggle with mental health disorders, such as stress and depression. There are ways to address these emotions healthily. Understanding how you respond to or react to stressful situations is essential. Learning how our brain reacts to environmental and emotional stress builds awareness. Creating awareness of triggers and responses opens up the opportunity to work on positive coping techniques—our understanding of how our brains react to stress extends to how our brains can be predisposed to depression. Stress can trigger depression. A combination of treatment and coping techniques build a path to healing. Comprehensive care is available for those who prefer standard treatment combined with stress-reducing techniques. SokyaHealth can help you find positive ways to learn how to cope with your feelings. Contact SokyaHealth today at 866-932-1767.

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