Winter is notoriously one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year, from holiday stress and pressure to entertain family and friends to looming work deadlines that need to be completed before the new year to bouts of seasonal depression. With so much going on—and no break in sight—it’s understandable why so many of us start feeling so completely burned out right and overwhelmed around now. That’s why we all need some inspiring quotes to keep us motivated!
“Burnout” isn’t some make-yourself-feel-better-because-you’re-unmotivated sort of term, meant to give you comfort when you’re stuck in a rut or feeling down, stressed and unmotivated for weeks on end. Burnout is real. And if you’re one of the thousands of people who are feeling the strain of burnout, you’re not alone.
According to a report published in the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, “The term ‘burnout’ was coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. He used it to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals in ‘helping’ professions,” and nowadays, the term has evolved to apply to anyone consistently experiencing these three main symptoms: 1) constant emotional and physical exhaustion, 2) alienated and emotionally distant due to constant stress and frustration and, lastly, 3) reduced performance or ability to complete everyday tasks.
To help you beat burnout, overcome your so-called “winter blues” and get motivated, keep this big list of the best inspirational quotes nearby and turn to them whenever you need a little reminder that “this too, shall pass.”
Here are 30 of the best inspiring quotes that will help you stay motivated and encourage you to “keep calm, and carry on” this holiday season.
Best motivational quotes:
1. “Tough times never last. Tough people do.” —Robert Schuller
2. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” —Banksy
3. “If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.” —Chinese proverb
4. “Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.” —Unknown
5. “Whatever you’re feeling, be good to yourself. If you feel lost, be patient with yourself while you find your way. If you feel scared, be gentle with yourself while you find the strength to face your fear. If you feel hurt, be kind to yourself while you grieve and slowly heal. You can’t bully yourself into clarity, courage, or peace, and you can’t rush self-discovery or transformation. Some things simply take time, so take the pressure off and give yourself space to grow.” —Lori Deschene
6. “A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” –Christopher K. Germer
7. “Today I will not stress over things I can’t control.” —Unknown
8. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” —Bob Marley
9. “Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything.” —Jack Kornfield
10. “The strongest hearts have the most scars.” —Unknown
11. “Cut yourself some slack. You’re doing better than you think.” —Unknown
12. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” —Finding Nemo
13. “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” —Dale Carnegie
14. “Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.” —Unknown
15. “The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” ―
16. “Nobody’s perfect, so give yourself credit for everything you’re doing right, and be kind to yourself when you struggle.” —Lori Deschene
17. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” —Margaret Thatcher
18. “Sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you really stand.” —Hayley Williams
19. “The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” —Mignon McLaughlin
20. “Dear Stress, I would like a divorce. Please understand it is not you, it is me.” —Thomas E. Rojo
21. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
22. “Don’t get discouraged: it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” —John Wooden
23. “The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.” —Unknown
24. “Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” —David McCullough Jr.
25. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill
26. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” —Bernard M. Baruch
27. “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves—be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.” —Karen Salmansohn
28. “Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. Until then, breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough. You are enough.” —Daniell Koepke
29. “You can have it all, just not all at once.” —Oprah Winfrey
30. “You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.” —George Lucas
Next up: Here are three influential women on what they want girls everywhere to know!