Some days are brighter than others, some days frankly feel a little dark. It’s natural for all of us to need a positive reminder of the light within us and around us. So we’ve gathered some of the inspiring, healing words from our friends and favourite writers to help you in these moments. Whether you note them in your wellness journal, jot them on notecards or leave them around the house to happen upon in times of need, we hope you find these balms for the minds just as soothing as we do.
Remember, you are not your thoughts.
Be kind to yourself like you would be kind to a friend.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my answer.
~ Thich Nhet Hanh
Every act of kindness sows a seed of happiness.
Jot down something that meant a lot to you at the end of each day before bed, whether it’s a friend who supported you, fresh flowers or some new music that brought joy. This little act of gratitude means you’ll end every day on a good note, acknowledging the smaller things in life that you may have previously taken for granted.
Every day is a new beginning.
Taking care of yourself is productive.
Put pen to paper.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
~ Zora Neale Hurston
everything I need
already exists in me
there is no need
to look anywhere else
~ Rupi Kaur
What is meant for you won’t pass you by.
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: worry never fixes anything.
~ Ernest Hemingway
The darker the night, the brighter the stars.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Your best is good enough.
Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t dwell on the past. Enjoy the moment.
Feed your soul with the things that bring you joy.
When your mind’s ran a race, take a little sleep.
Be gentle with yourself.
When life feels a little too big, breathe in and breathe out.
Take some space from your screens.
If you'd like some more thoughts on how putting pen to paper can help you focus on your feelings, read our guide to keeping a wellness journal.