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20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day

20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day

I love inspirational quotes. They are powerful nuggets of wisdom condensed into 1-2 lines. Whenever I read them, I get so inspired to take action. I remember when I was a high school student, I would decorate the cover of my foolscap pads with quotes because they were so meaningful. Today, I have quotes plastered on the noticeboard in front of my work desk, which I change regularly to whichever quote resonates most with me at the point in time. Whenever I raise my head, I’ll see them in front of me, sort of like a little nod of affirmation. :)

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Here, I’ll share 20 of my favorite inspirational quotes. I won’t include any commentary because the quotes speak for themselves. I hope they resonate with you as much as they have with me.

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

Albert Einstein

    The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

    Albert Ellis

      The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.

      Bill Copeland

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        If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.

        Celestine Chua

          The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

          Chinese Proverb

            It is never too late to be what you might have been.

            George Eliot

              All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

              Walt Disney

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                What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

                Napoleon Hill

                  It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

                  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

                    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

                    Eleanor Roosevelt

                      Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

                      Albert Einstein

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                        If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

                        Milton Berle

                          The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives.

                            Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

                            H. Jackson Brown Jr.

                              First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

                              Mahatma Gandhi

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                                When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails

                                H. Jackson Brown Jr.

                                  Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want.

                                  Richard Koch

                                    To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are

                                    Kurt Cobain

                                      Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.

                                      Peter McIntyre

                                        Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

                                        Steve Jobs

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                                          Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                                          Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                                          Today didn’t turn out as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It simply means that you’re human, and you’re not bad just because you had a bad day.

                                          “Not everyday is a good day but there is something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle

                                          It’s not the end of the world when you find yourself thinking “I had a bad day,” but it can feel like it. You may have had plans that fell apart, experiences that set you back, and interactions that only did harm.

                                          You may have started the day thinking you could take on it all, only to find you could hardly get out of bed. When you have a bad day, you can forget to look at the good.

                                          Sometimes, self-care helps us to remember why we are worth it. It helps us to recharge and reset our mindset. It helps us to know that there are still options and that the day isn’t over yet.

                                          Love yourself today, no matter how hard it’s been. That’s the way to find yourself amidst the hardships you have. That’s how you center yourself and regain focus and live a more meaningful life. Give yourself some credit and compassion.

                                          Here are 7 ways to rebound from a bad day using self-compassion as a tool. If you had a bad day, these are for you!

                                          1. Make a Gratitude List

                                          In a study on gratitude, psychologists Dr. Robert A Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough conducted an experiment where one group of people wrote out gratitude lists for ten weeks while another group wrote about irritations. The study found that the group that wrote about gratitude reported more optimistic mindsets in their lives[1].

                                          Overall, having a gratitude list improved well-being and made one truly grateful by counting the blessings in their lives.

                                          Write a list of what you are grateful for if you had a bad day. Make it as long as you like, but also remember to note why you’re grateful for each thing you write.

                                          What has given you the most joy? What has set you up for better days? Keep a tally of triumphs in mind, especially when you do have the bad days.

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                                          The day doesn’t define you, and you still have things of value that surround you. These could be material things, spiritual connections and experiences, relationships, basic needs, emotional and mental well-being, physical health, progress towards hopes and dreams, or simply being alive.

                                          Here are some other simple ways to practice gratitude.

                                          2. Write in a Journal

                                          Journaling affects your overall mental health, which also affects physical health and aids in the management of stress, depression, anxiety, and more[2].

                                          All you need is a pen and paper, or you could do an online, password-protected journal such as Penzu. The key is to get started and not pressure yourself on how polished or perfect it is. You don’t need to have prior experience to start journal writing. Just start.

                                          Write out everything that is bothering you for 15 minutes. This helps with rumination, processing problems, and can even aid with brainstorming solutions.

                                          However you approach it, you can find patterns of thinking that no longer serve you and start to transform your overall mental state. This will impact all areas of your life and is a great coping skill.

                                          3. Meditate

                                          Meditation can help you overcome negative thought patterns, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past, or struggling to overcome a bad day[3]. It shifts your mentality and helps you focus on the present or any one thing you truly want to focus on.

                                          Here is an example of a meditation you can do:

                                          Get into a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Rest your body, release tension, and unclench your jaw. Tighten and release each muscle group in a body scan for progressive muscle relaxation.

                                          Focus on your breath, taking a few deep breaths. Let your belly expand when you breathe in for diaphragmatic breathing. Empty yourself completely of air, then return to normal breathing.

                                          Next, focus on the idea of self-love and let it erase negative thoughts. Think about the ways you’ve been judging yourself, with the narratives coming up that your mind may create.

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                                          Give yourself unconditional love and release judgment. Take your time meditating on this because you matter. This is particularly important if you had a bad day.

                                          Check out this article for more on how to get started with a meditation practice.

                                          4. Do Child’s Pose

                                          Yoga Outlet says:

                                          “Child’s Pose is a simple way to calm your mind, slow your breath, and restore a feeling of peace and safety. Practicing the pose before bedtime can help to release the worries of the day. Practicing in the morning can you help transition from sleeping to waking.”[4]

                                          When you do Child’s Pose, it can be between difficult positions in yoga, or it can be anytime you feel you need a rest. It helps you recover from difficulties and relax the mind.

                                          It also has the physical health benefits of elongating your back, opening your hips, and helping with digestion[5].

                                          To do Child’s Pose, rest your buttocks back on your feet, knees on the floor. Elongate your body over your knees with both arms extended or tucked back, with head and neck resting on the floor[6].

                                          Had a bad day? Try Child's Pose.

                                             

                                            Do this pose as a gift to yourself. You are allowing yourself to heal, rest, get time for yourself, recover, and recharge. When you’ve had a bad day, it’s there waiting for you.

                                            5. Try Positive Self-Talk

                                            Engage in positive self-talk. This is essentially choosing your thoughts.

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                                            When you have a negative thought, such as “I can’t do this,” replace it consciously with the thought “I can do this.” Give yourself positive affirmations to help with this.

                                            Negative self-talk fits into four general categories: personalizing or blaming yourself, magnifying or only focusing on the negative, catastrophizing or expecting the worst to happen, and polarizing or only seeing back and white[7].

                                            When you stop blaming yourself for everything and start focusing on the positive, expecting things to work out, and seeing the areas of grey in life, you reverse these negative mindsets and engage in positive self-talk.

                                            When you speak words of kindness to yourself, your brain responds with a more positive attitude. That attitude will affect everything you do. It’s how you take care of yourself if you had a bad day.

                                            Check in with yourself to know when you are having negative self-talk. Are you seeing patterns? When did they start to become a problem? Are you able to turn these thoughts around?

                                            6. Use Coping Skills and Take a Break

                                            Use your coping skills. This means not letting your thoughts take control of yourself.

                                            You can distract yourself and escape a bit. Do things you love. You can exercise, listen to music, dance, volunteer or help someone, be in nature, or read a book.

                                            It isn’t about repression. It’s about redirection. You can’t stay in thoughts that are no longer working for you.

                                            Sometimes, it’s okay to get out of your own way. Give yourself a break from the things going on in your head. You can always come back to a problem later. This may even help you figure out the best course of action as sometimes stepping away is the only way to see the solution.

                                            If you had a bad day, you may not feel like addressing what went wrong. You may need a break, so take one.

                                            7. If a Bad Day Turns Into Bad Days

                                            “I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” –Jim Carrey

                                            If you’ve been feeling out of control, depressed, or unstable for more than a few weeks, it’s time to call a mental health professional. This is not because you have failed in any way. It’s because you are human, and you simply need help.

                                            You may not be able to quickly rebound from a bad day, and that’s fine. Feel what you feel, but don’t let it consume you.

                                            When you talk to a professional, share the techniques that you have already tried here and whether they were helpful. They may tell you additional ideas or gain insights from your struggles of not being able to rebound from a series of bad days.

                                            If you’re having more than just a bad day, they will want to know. If you don’t have the answers, that’s okay, too. You just need to try these tools and figure out how you’re feeling. That’s all that’s required of you.

                                            Keep taking care of yourself. Any progress is progress, no matter how small. Give yourself a chance to get better by reaching out.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            If you had a bad day, don’t let it stop you.

                                            Know this: It’s okay not to be okay. You have a right to feel what you feel. But there is something you can do about it.

                                            You can invest in yourself via self-care.

                                            You are not alone in this. Everyone has bad days from time to time. You just need to know that you are the positive things you tell yourself.

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