"Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress - which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once."
"If you’re struggling, you deserve to make self-care a priority. Whether that means lying in bed all day, eating comfort food, putting off homework, crying, sleeping, rescheduling plans, finding an escape through a good book, watching your favorite TV show, or doing nothing at all — give yourself permission to put your healing first. Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and today, whatever you do, let it be enough. Feel your feelings, breathe, and be gentle with yourself. Acknowledge that you’re doing the best you can to cope and survive. And trust that during this time of struggle, it’s enough."
Real Monsters by Toby Allen.
Illustrator Toby Allen has created a set of artwork that is intended to give intangible mental illnesses faces and make them appear more manageable as physical entities.
The artwork can also be purchased here.
"Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up 5 minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure."
"Who’s to say tomorrow won’t be the best day of your life?"
"Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening."