40+ Quotes to Help Relieve Your Emotional Pain

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Quotes on How to Relieve Your Emotional Pain

Emotional pain is different for everyone.  We experience true bouts of emotional pain in some form during life.  Emotional pain is the mental anguish and despair one gets from suffering from common emotions such as sadness, loss, grief, heartbreak, and/or depression.  

Do you find yourself saying to others:  “You will never understand my pain”. 

Yes, I won’t minimize it… The reality is, dealing with emotional pain is extremely difficult. But you must be willing to learn how to cope and heal from this pain in a healthy way. You must learn to stay strong. Yes unfair things happen. But now is the time to heal and these quotes can help you with that.

Remember, emotions are what make us special and human.  Per Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt, Clinical Psychologist, Relationship Coach & Founder of the Loving Roots Project, she states:

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Emotions are useful. They help us adapt. We can’t control, stop, or get rid of them. You are doing the best you can to cope, but the emotional issue is still there.

Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt

Developing good coping skills is really essential to the process of healing. 

It is often difficult to find the silver lining and try to be happy However, you can become happier if you work to accept and explore your sadness, change your thinking patterns and take active and healthy steps to find yourself again and regain your happiness.  

Good coping skills include having compassion for yourself and surrounding yourself with loving and caring people. For Made You Smile Back, I humbly offer these inspiring and thought-provoking quotes to help you take a moment for yourself, reflect and begin the healing process for yourself… for your soul. Indeed these inspirational quotes will make you stronger.

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Pain Quotes About Grief

Unfortunately, the reality of life is that the death of a loved one and more importantly, the sadness and loss that follows is one of the hardest experiences we will ever go thru as human beings. “It hurts when people walk out of your life unexpectedly. It’s not something to easily move through.

How you deal with this emotional pain of grieving of sadness and loss may be different than another person who is also grieving. I present these grief quotes which can hopefully help you with your loss. They can also be a way to reach out to someone you know who may also be dealing with sadness as a result of losing a loved one.

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To live in the hearts of whom we leave behind is not to die…”

Thomas Campbell

At the blueness of the skies, and in the warmth of the summer, we remember them.

– Silvan Kemetis

“Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.”

– Sarah Dessen

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.

“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

– Helen Keller

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

–  Leo Tolstoy

 “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

– Jose N. Harris

“Perhaps they are not the stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”

– Unknown

“Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.”

Ranata Suzuki
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Self-Healing Quotes to Feel Stronger

When we are going thru a lot of stress, unhappiness, illness, depression or sadness in our lives, it is so important that we give ourselves self-compassion. To open our hearts in a way that can transform our lives. –

Self-care is the mindset, activities, practices and habits we bring to bear against these life difficulties and emotional pain we endure. Self-care allows you to take control of your life and make you happy both physically and mentally.

One of my favorite self-healing activities is maintaining a gratitude or happiness journal. By routinely writing in your journal it shall relieve undue stress and allows us to explore what you are grateful for despite what’s going on around you and a powerful reminder of the good in your life.

With that in mind, let me present these powerful self-healing quotes to help you in relieving your emotional pain. And if any should personally resonate with you, then by all means, be sure to write it down in your journal to go back to whenever you need to.

“We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”

– Brené Brown

“Your pain is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself.”

– Gary Zukov

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

– Kahlil Gibran

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”

Brennan Manning

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.

Marianne Williamson

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

Kenji Miyazawa

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.”

Akshay Dubey

“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.”

Haruki Murakami

“People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”

Jim Morrison
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Quotes for Getting Thru a Heartbreak

There’s not much that’s worse than a breakup—even if you’re the one who made the painful decision to end the relationship. There’s no escaping the residual feeling of finding yourself in emotional pain. A broken heart is one of the most painful emotions we can get through.

So first and foremost, although you feel depressed, sad and alone, you’re allowed to wallow and grieve. This is a major loss to you and although your mental side may agree, this event may have been the best thing for you. Do take the necessary time to miss that person, cry and allow yourself to do some self-healing.

Unfortunately, no matter how devastating breakups can be, sooner or later, it’s important to accept that the only person responsible for your healing is you and you alone.

I know it may feel like this destressing emotional pain will never go away, but it’s so important to make a proactive decision to move forward (instead of letting pain and fear take over).

These following quotes about moving on and getting beyond to a better place will help you in this process. Hopefully they shall make it clear that heartbreak is a normal and necessary part of everyone’s journey, and that ultimately, moving on is just that: a journey.

Personal growth and new opportunities are waiting for you at the end of the tunnel, I promise. So to encourage and inspire you for the times when you need extra motivation or inspiration to get through the day, here are some powerful heart-felt quotes to help you navigate through your feelings with a lost love.

“It is our wounds that create in us a desire to reach for miracles. The fulfillment of such miracles depends on whether we let our wounds pull us down or lift us up toward our dreams.”

– Jocelyn Soriano

“Tears are God’s heartshield wipers. They clear the ‘pain’ from our hearts so we can see the ‘path’ clearly.”

– Beth Elkassih

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

– Deborah Reber

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have — life itself.” Walter Anderson

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E.M. Forster

“One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a breakup.”

– Mandy Hale

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

– Steve Maraboli

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. What appear to be the END may really be a new BEGINNING.”

– Unknown

Sometimes a ‘goodbye’ simply means you’re that much closer to a new ‘hello’! Everything will change and it is going to be beautiful and better than ever before. Have faith.

– Beth Elkassih

Quotes to Relieve Your Pain of Depression & Give You Comfort

When writing this blog about powerful quotes to relieve your emotional pain, I definitely wanted to include a collection for those of us who suffer from depression. As I too tackle bouts of depression and anxiety from time to time.

It’s important to remember you’re not alone and that others feel your pain and care for you. That said, trying to relieving your emotional pain of depression is not always easy to do. So to help you, the following are thought-provoking quotes selected in order to express yourself and the moods you’re feeling.

I hope you’ll find relief, meaning, and perhaps inspiration from these amazing, quotes to help you get through your day to day battle, to help you find yourself again when facing everyday life struggles.

You are strong. You are beautiful. You are resilient. You are loved. You are capable. You are not weak. You are not defected. You are not weird. You are not a lost cause. You are not different. You’re just human…”

– The Anxiety Man

No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Depression lies. It tells you you’ve always felt this way, and you always will. But you haven’t, and you won’t.

– Halley Cornell

No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. The storm is just passing over.

Iyanla Vanzant

You are more than your thoughts. You are more than your fears and stronger than you give yourself credit for.

The Anxiety Man

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.

– Oprah Winfrey

You need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it. You must not silently suffer. You are all in this together. And, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. You will me continually amazed how life changes for the better. Prince Harry

“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” 

– Unknown

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; this too shall pass.”

– Andrew Soloman

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1. What are the 5 signs of emotional suffering?

There are 5 tell-tale signs of emotional pain and distress. If you are able to identify them you can provide the sufferers with much-needed help and guidance. 
   They are:
    * Personality changes
    * Unexpected anger, agitation, and irritability
    * Choosing to isolate themselves from loved ones
    * Self-neglect
    * Show despair and helplessness

For additional insight, please read this inspiring blog:
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2. What are the physical signs of emotional pain?

The body responds to distress with certain symptoms. Being aware of them is a first step to seeking help to deal with pain and trauma. 

A few of the symptoms of emotional anguish are: 
* Accelerated heartbeat
* Chest pain
* Headaches
* Dizziness
* Shortness of Breath

For additional insight, please read this inspiring blog:
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3. How do you comfort someone in emotional pain?

Active listening is key here. Listen to the pain they’re feeling rather than giving unwanted advice. Show empathy, compassion, and understanding by restating their feelings. Ask relevant questions to show your interest in their well-being. Show your willingness to support them by asking if they need you to help with errands or saying that you’re available to chat anytime.

For additional insight, please read this inspiring blog:
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4. What to text someone who is experiencing emotional distress?

It may not always be possible to spend one on one time with the person who is caught in the throes of trauma. But, a quick thoughtful text may help them cope. 

A few text messages you can send are:
“You’re my best friend. Helping you make it through this dark phase in your life is my priority. I’m here for you. Reach out to me anytime.”

“Remember what a saving grace you were to me last year? Now it’s my turn to prop you up.”

“This must be a tough time for you. What can I do to ease your load?”

For additional insight, please read this blog: Beyond Sadness – Helping Your Friends Smile Again.

5. What can you do to cope with your emotional pain?

Create an action plan of things to do every day to get you out and about and out of your ‘head’.

Some ideas are:
* Join a dance class to spark some joy in your life.
* Read a self-help book on how to cope with trauma and sadness.
* Go to a support group for help to work through the issue.
* Learn to meditate.
* Keep a journal.

For additional insight, please read this blog: The Awesome Power of Journaling.

Special Acknowledgment to Poovanesh Pather, Contributing Writer for FAQ.

40+ Quotes to Help Relieve Your Emotional Pain

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14 comments on “40+ Quotes to Help Relieve Your Emotional Pain”

  1. These are some wonderful quotes. Hard times and grief are very emotional times but these quotes are helpful to help cheer someone up. Depression is always a hush hush subject but I think it should be something that is discussed more often.

  2. These are some absolutely beautiful quotes. They really got me thinking. Thank you so much for taking the time to find them and share them with us.

  3. There are some incredible quotes on this list. I love the ones that you included to help you work through depression, as that’s an ongoing struggle in my life and I know that I can use quotes to help. I am going to write some of them down so that I can put them on my whiteboard in my office and in my planner as little reminders throughout the day.

  4. I love the one about darkness not lasting forever and there being stars. I always love reading positive quotes. Thanks for such an uplifting post.

  5. I am always a fan of quotes. Thanks for including these beautiful quotes about pain. They definitely brought a smile to my face. I especially liked the quote from Jose N. Morris.

    God bless you,

  6. What a unique collection of inspirational quotes! I love quotes. I write many of those that really stand out in my bullet journal. And I love that there is always some deeper truth associated with them. From your collection, I especially liked some of the quotes about self-healing, so I’m copying a few of them into my journal. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful compilation.

  7. This is SUCH a great post. There are so many meaningful quotes, and so many that can be applied to all different aspects of life. As someone who has treaded the waters of grief and loss, I find a lot of solace in some of these. THANK YOU so much for sharing!

  8. I love these quotes. It is important to feel our feelings, and these quotes show that it’s okay and necessary. There is wisdom in each of these.

  9. You have chosen some truly beautiful quotes to share! Grief is a a necessary emotion that we all go through, but it surely passes to happier days.

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