Don’t Panic’s Way to Monday Motivation!

Author: Nancy Dykins, Don’t Panic


Keeping up, saving face, being great at stuff can take its toll.

Sometimes we can’t do all of these things. And not every day will be great. Thankfully, we are becoming more open about this and realising it’s OK to say, “Actually, I’m not coping.”

Many of us will experience periods of poor mental health at some time in our lives, so we owe it to ourselves to do all we can to look after our amazing minds. A major factor of good mental health is our surroundings and people. This is why an open, supportive, enjoyable and positive workplace is so important.

So, I asked the team for their words of encouragement or inspiration. The little internal mantra or self-talk that gets us through the tough times. Turns out we are a pretty wise bunch. Our Monday meeting was spent sharing these and we were so uplifted, we decided to get them all down and share.

Have a read, or bookmark this for a bit of inspiration if you need it. I’ve credited the team member who suggested each one and source where known, but please forgive any accidental plagiarism…


Let’s win today!


You’re only human.

Just a little reminder I tell myself when I make a mistake because sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves & it’s how you handle it that helps you grow and learn.


Action conquers fear.


An arrow can only be shot by being pulled backwards. When life pulls you back with difficulties, it means that you are going to be launched into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.


Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday, and all is well.


If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

– Confucious


“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


See good in all things.


“If it’s not poo… it’s probably okay”.

(We have to point out that James has a baby and this is a crucial motto in his house, but we can certainly extract the metaphorical from this!)


It’s so easy to be negative, it’s difficult to be positive, choose to be positive.


Keep your face turned to the sunshine and you’ll never see the shadow.


The 7 Lovely Logics
1 Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present

2 What others think of you is none of your business

3 Time heals almost everything. Give the time, some time

4 No one is the reason of your happiness except yourself

5 Don’t compare yourself with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about

6 Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know all the answers

7 Smile, you don’t own all the problems in the world.


There is always somebody somewhere, having a much s*****r day than you!


Be the reason someone smiles today.


Life might not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we may as well dance.

– Jeanne C Stein


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Sarah P

Life is amazing.

And then it’s awful.

And then it’s amazing again.

And in between the amazing and the awful,

it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through

the awful, and relax and exhale

during the ordinary. That’s just living.

Heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing,

awful, ordinary life. And it’s

breathtakingly beautiful.

  • L R Knost




Apprehension is worse than reality.

It’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be.

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