10 Quotes That Might Be Exactly What You Need To Hear Today

10 Quotes That Might Be Exactly What You Need To Hear Today

No matter how you've been feeling, these are the quotes and related resources that might just help.

Sometimes it feels like every day can be a challenge for its own reasons. Some days are harder and some days you feel free from worries. No matter what kind of day you're having now, reflect on these quotes and use the connected resources to turn your day or week around.

1. If you're stressed...

“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

Resource: Try this stress relief website that lets your stressful thoughts disappear into space.

2. If you've been feeling insecure...

"The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." -Steven Furtick

Resource: Read this post about positive actions you can take to boost self-esteem.

3. If you're struggling to relate to others...

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Resource: Try some of the tactics in this article on how to connect deeply with others.

4. If you've been feeling down...

"The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy." -Jim Rohn

Resource: Try scrolling through this website filled with adorable pictures and stories about baby animals.

5. If you've been feeling extra joyful...

"To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with." -Mark Twain

Resource: Read about the science behind spreading joy or get some ideas for random acts of kindness.

6. If you're wanderlusting...

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." -Ibn Battuta

Resource: This list of websites to help you with various aspects of your next trip.

7. If you're overwhelmed by anxiety...

"I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear." -Steve Maraboli

Resource: Read more quotes on this topic here or try Pacifica, an app to help you track and reduce anxiety.

8. If you're looking for creative inspiration...

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” -Osho

Resource: Watch any or all of these ten videos on creativity and then just explore your world and find what makes you feel passionate.

9. If you need permission to relax...

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." -Bertrand Russell

Resource: Try some of these simple relaxation suggestions in your free time.

10. If you're focusing on the past...

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." -C.S. Lewis

Resource: Make a positive future plan to look forward to, or write yourself a letter for the future here.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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Celebrities Coming Out About Their Mental Health Makes Me Feel Like I'm Not Alone

No celebrity has a life where something isn't thrown at them.

Mental health can be a very tough subject. It is the spot of big controversy, and many people tend to get offended and/or defensive over these topics. However, there is one thing that I know to be true. Coming from someone with mental health issues themselves, I know that I am not alone.

It can be difficult to believe that rich and famous people suffer from mental health issues as well. You're probably thinking, 'What do they have to be worried about?' 'They don't have any problems to deal with.' 'They have their whole lives figured out.' This is not, in fact, true. In the past years, so many celebrities have been coming out with their issues, from Dwayne Johnson to Demi Lovato. Let's take her, for example. Demi has revealed that she has struggled with eating disorders, cutting, and depression, which led to alcoholism and drugs. That is a LOT for only one individual to go through.

She has also revealed that she wanted to take her life, at the young age of 7. SEVEN years old. How can a child that young feel so strongly about themselves that they want to leave this earth? Demi got the help she needed, and she has been sober for a while now. Today, she is a huge advocate for mental health. She still has those days where she may call herself fat, or ugly, but she knows to ignore it; those voices in our heads are false.

Personally, I live with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety, as well as body dysmorphia and OCD. My mind is a constant, ugly, gray storm of self-criticism and comparison to others. Sometimes, when I'm at my lowest, I truly believe that I am alone and that no one else will be able to understand my struggles. However, since the increase in advocation for mental health, I now know even the most perfect people (at least to me) struggle with the same things.

There are celebrities who don't like the way they look. There are celebrities who constantly worry. There are celebrities who spent days locked up inside, unable to leave their beds. They actually have more in common with us than we think. So, next time that you're in tears under your covers unable to leave the house, just remember that these celebrities have gone through the same thing. They aren't always as happy as you think, and deep inside, they are just like you.

Hey celebrities, keep doing what doing. You are so amazingly strong, and you all rock. Keep being your inspirational selves.

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