Mental health is a crucial component of our overall well-being, yet it is often undervalued in our fast-paced modern world. Neglecting to care for our mental health can have serious consequences, not only for our own personal happiness and productivity but also for our relationships with others.
In recent years, there has been an uptick in recognition of the importance of taking care of our mental health, and a range of resources and support systems have emerged to help people do just that.
One of the main drivers behind Bookish Bakes is helping support your mental health. Whether that’s by encouraging you to take time away from screens and bake up a delicious treat or to get lost in the world of a book, our products help you maintain good mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.
Whether you are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health challenge, finding comfort in the stories of others can help you feel a little less lonely.
In this blog post, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational quotes from literature and poetry about mental health. We hope that here you’ll find some words of comfort and hope.
“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”
— Emery Lord, When We Collided
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places."
— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“I think we pass people in the street every day who feel the same as you and I, many of them just don't know what it is. Men and women going around for months having trouble breathing and seeing doctor after doctor because they think there's something wrong with their lungs. All because it's so damn difficult to admit that something else is… broken. That it's an ache in our soul, invisible lead weights in our blood, an indescribable pressure in our chest. Our brains are lying to us, telling us we're going to die. But there's nothing wrong with our lungs, Zara.”
— Fredrik Backman, Anxious People
"There are darknesses in life and there are lights; you are one of the lights."
— Bram Stoker, Dracula
"No need to hurry, no need to sparkle, no need to be anybody but oneself."
— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“You always say such lovely things to me, Red. Do you say them to yourself?”
— Talia Hibbert, Get a Life, Chloe Brown
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so."
— Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.”
— John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."
— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
"There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”
— Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
“The best way out is always through.”
— Robert Frost, A Servant to Servants
“We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That’s part of who we are, but we’re so much more than that.”
— Sam J. Miller, Destroy All Monsters
“Humanity is so weird. If we’re not laughing, we’re crying or running for our lives because monsters are trying to eat us. And they don’t even have to be real monsters. They could be the ones we make up in our heads. Don’t you think that’s weird?”
— T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea
"The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on."
— Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
“Feelings don't try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You're responsible for its consequences, you're responsible for treating it. But...you're not responsible for causing it. You're not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumor.”
— Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here
“you look at me and cry
i hold you and whisper
but everything can heal”
— Rupi Kaur, milk and honey
“I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me.”
— John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
“You have survived everything you have been through, and you will survive this too. Stay for the person you will become. You are more than a bad day, or week, or month, or year, or even a decade. You are a future of multifarious possibility. You are another self at a point in future time looking back in gratitude that this lost and former you held on. Stay.”
— Matt Haig, The Comfort Book
“Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able, - to dress and entertain, and order things.”
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wall-Paper
"Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
— A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
"And still, I rise.”
— Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise
Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up in just a couple of weeks, a cause close to our hearts.
From 15-21 May, Bookish Bakes will be hosting a week of FREE live talks and events to raise more awareness about mental health and spread the word about anxiety. You’ll discover ways to support yourself on your own mental health journey.
There will be promotions and sales on our website throughout the week so you can save and pick up a box to nurture your mental health. PLUS, we'll be making a £1 donation to the Mental Health Foundation for every order placed!
We’re very excited for this event. You can find out more information on our Instagram feed and find out how to RSVP for the events!