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22 Calming Quotes for People with Anxiety

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1. “P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.” ~Danielle LaPorte
2. “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” ~Anais Nin
3. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult
4. “Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it.” ~Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
5. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra
6. “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” ~Brené Brown
7. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” ~Alain de Botton
8. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
9. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
10. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~Dan Millman
11. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~Steven Hayes
12. “The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ~Ernest Hemingway
13. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” ~George Bernard Shaw
14. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” ~Arthur Somers Roche
15. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” ~Walter Anderson
16. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~Charles Spurgeon
17. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” ~Grenville Kleiser
18. “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” ~Eckhart Tolle
19. “The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.” ~Daniel Goleman
20. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
21. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” ~Wayne Dyer
22. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever felt like something wrong is about to happen, even though everything seems fine and you have no actual real reasons to worry? A pressure on your chest that makes it hard to breathe and you can’t get rid of it? According to epidemiological surveys, one third of the population is affected by anxiety during their lifetime.

The experts at APA define anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure”. Of course, feeling some anxiety surrounding certain life events is absolutely normal. However, if your worries won’t go away and they keep you from enjoying your life, it might be a cause for concern.

People who haven’t experienced anxiety can’t understand how being against your own mind feels like and sometimes by trying to help, they can drag you down even more.

Only you have the power to overcome your anxiety, and to seek professional treatment.

Feeing anxious now? Take a deep breath, listen to your thoughts, try to figure them out, then take things one day at a time.

We hope these 21 anxiety quotes will help you calm your spirit, even if only for the moment.

Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.

– Robert Tew

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

— Pema Chodron

Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.

— Walter Anderson

Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.

— Dan Millman

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

— Grenville Kleiser

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

— Benjamin Franklin

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.

– Karen Salmansohn

No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here.

— John G. Whittier

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

— Arthur Somers Roche

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

— Dalai Lama

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

— Amit Ray

Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. — Astrid Alauda

Who’s not sat tense before his own heart’s curtain.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Never let life’s hardships disturb you … no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.

— Nichiren Daishonen

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

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.

— Charlie Chaplin

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

— William James

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

— Joseph Campbell

  1. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra
  2. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” — Steve Maraboli
  3. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” — Zig Ziglar
  4. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” — Proverb
  6. “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” — Brené Brown
  7. “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit
  8. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey
  9. “The way you tell your story to yourself matters.” — Amy Cuddy
  10. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”– Lao Tzu
  11. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” — Swedish Proverb
  12. “Act the way that you want to feel.” — Gretchen Rubin
  13. “What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” — Martha Graham
  14. “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” — Stephen R. Covey
  15. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  16. “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” — Wayne W. Dyer
  17. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” — Joyce Meyer
  18. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James
  19. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” — Hans Selye
  20. “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” — Winnie the Pooh
  21. “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” — Erma Bombeck
  22. “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers
  23. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

No matter how easygoing you are, life can get stressful. And when stress takes over, even for those who appear to have the calmest center, it can be a chore to find your Zen again.

The emotional demand of stress can build up over time, but if you learn to silence the outside world, if you find an unshakable peace, you’ll find a way to return to your happy place, no matter what.

Related: Stop Stressing About Stress

To help you get there faster, here are 19 calming quotes for peaceful vibes.

1. “There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” —James Carroll

2. “Breath is the power behind all things…. I breathe in and know that good things will happen.” —Tao Porchon-Lynch

3. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse

4. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh

5. “Calmness is the cradle of power.” —Josiah Gilbert Holland

6. “Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.” —Tsoknyi Rinpoche

7. “Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” —Osho

8. “Understand this and be free: we are not in our bodies; our bodies are inside us.” —Sean A. Mulvihill

9. “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” —Brian Tracy

10. “Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” —Mikhail Lermontov

11. “Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” —Ziggy Marley

12. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” —Robert Eliot

13. “Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” —Terri Guillemets

14. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” —William James.

15. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” —Katrina Mayer

16. “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” —Oprah Winfrey

18. “The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” —James Allen

19. “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” —Buddha

Related: 10 Ways Successful People Stay Calm

Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

11 Inspiring Quotes to Quell Anxiety

Sometimes it takes the words of others to soothe our own soul. If you’re feeling anxious or have an anxious child, write a few of these down or print them out and keep them handy.

1. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

2. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford

3. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” ~Tao Te Ching

4. “The past has no power over the present moment.” ~Eckhard Tolle

5. “Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” ~Renee Jain

6. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin

7. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something in spite of fear.” ~Unknown

8. “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~Winnie the Pooh

9. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” ~Christian D. Larson

10. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” ~Nicole Reed

11. “When you’re feeling anxious, remember that you’re still you. You are not your anxiety.” ~Deanne Repich

11 Inspiring Quotes to Quell Anxiety

40 Quotes That Help Me When I’m Feeling Anxious

I love inspirational quotes. They are especially useful if I’m feeling down, stuck, anxious or unmotivated.

Inspirational quotes have also help guide me through the darkest days of my depression and the peaks and troughs of my anxiety, like a guiding light, holding my hand until I came out the other side.

Here are some of my favorites (40 to be precise):

1. “Life is not a dress rehearsal. Every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment.
” — Sally Karioth

2. “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” — Carl Jung

3. “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone… can be our teacher.” — Pema Chodron

4. “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” — Jack Kornfield

5. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” — Steve Maraboli

6. “If you’re going through hell keep going.” — Winston Churchill

7. “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” — Henry Miller

8. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” –Proverb

9. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” — Mother Teresa

10. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

11. “Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

12. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

13. “At the end of the day, tell yourself gently: ‘I love you. You did the best you could today, and even if you didn’t accomplish all you had planned, I love you anyway.’” — Anonymous

14. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

15. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

16. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

17. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius

18. “Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” — Chris Brogan

19. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

20. “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” — Edwin Elliot

21. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney

22. “I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” — Carl Sandburg

23. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” — William James

24. “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti

25. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey

26. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha

27. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” — Christian D Larson

28. “You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” — Eckhart Tolle

29. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou

30. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Henry S. Haskins

31. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.” — Nicole Reed

32. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James

33. “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” — A.A. Milne

34. “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” — Wayne W. Dyer

35. “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” — Sylvia Plath

36. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

37. “For fast acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin

‎‎38. “If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit

39. “A pleasure a day keeps stress away.” — Ethel Roskies

40. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S. Eliot

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  1. “Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” —Susan Polis Schutz
  2. “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” —Christopher Reeve
  3. “A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” —Stephan Hoeller
  4. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Helen Keller
  5. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” —Joyce Meyer, Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies To Win the Battle of the Mind
  6. “Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” —Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground
  7. “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” —Fred Rogers
  8. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” —Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
  9. “Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” —Matt Lucas
  10. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
  11. “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” —Madeleine L’Engle, A Ringless End of Light
  12. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” —Grenville Kleiser
  13. “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen
  14. “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” —C.S. Lewis
  15. “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” —Tenzin Gyatso

15 Living With Anxiety Quotes: Relax and Cope With Anxiety Disorder

These living with anxiety quotes will help you to relax and cope with Anxiety Disorders of all kinds.

If you’re feeling stressed about the future, or resentful about the past, then tse 15 quotes for anxiety will calm your mind and ease your emotions.

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I’m a best selling author, award winning designer, recovered stress sufferer, and founder of The Anxiety Cure.

I personally wrote and designed each of these living with anxiety quote image posters – because I personally know what it’s like to live with anxiety.

Yep, I know what it’s like to feel stressed on a daily basis.

And exhausted.

Distracted.

Discouraged.

Don’t get me started! 🙂

Thankfully, I also know it’s possible to stop a moving train of negative thoughts. And even turn around a difficult day – so you feel calmer and more optimistic.

In fact, I’m a recovered anxiety sufferer. You can read my full story here!

I hope these living with anxiety quotes will inspire you to relax and face life one day at a time – and/or even 10 minutes at a time!

Scroll through these living with anxiety quotes. Find your favorite calming saying! Use this anxiety quote for relaxation as your mobile wallpaper! Share these quotes about living with anxiety with someone you love who has an anxiety disorder. Help them to beat anxiety.

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day. – Karen Salmansohn

Each day you only have a limited amount of time and energy. Don’t waste it stressing about things you cannot control. – Karen Salmansohn

Life is too short to stress out over people who don’t deserve room in your heart. – Karen Salmansohn

No amount of regret can change the past. No amount of anxiety can change the future.

  • Print out these anxiety quotes and place them all around your home or office: on your refrigerator, mirror, doors, etc…

Stop living in the land of why. There are no happy answers to “why me?” “Why didn’t I?” “Why did I?” If you must ask any questions, ponder: “How can I grow?” “What’s in my control to change?” “What’s a gain in my pain?” – Karen Salmansohn

Dear Whoever is reading this: I hope you discover lots of reasons to smile today.

Spend time with people who bring out the best in you. Not the stress in you.

  • Email these anxiety quotes to someone you feel might benefit from these inspirational reminders!

They say don’t burn bridges you may have to cross later. I say I don’t mind swimming if the bridge was messed up to begin with.

No matter where you are in life, celebrate it. It’s either a product of your growth or a place that will help you to grow. Cheers to today!

If a door closes, quit banging on it. Whatever was behind it was not meant for you. Consider than perhaps the door was closed because you’re worth so much more than what was on the other side.

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Life is short. Stop worrying about what might happen. Live in the moment. Follow your heart. Be with good people. Forget what hurt you – but never forget what it taught you. – Karen Salmansohn

Don’t let the little things get to you or you’ll spend your life being annoyed and upset.

You are more than the mistakes you’ve made. You are the wisdom, love, strength and compassion you’ve gained from all you’ve been through. – Karen Salmansohn

In order to move on you must understand why you felt how you did and why you no longer need to feel it. – Mitch Albom

Breathe deeply. You can get through this. You are stronger than you realize. Everything will be okay. Relax. You got this. – Karen Salmansohn

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Anxiety Quotes: The Ten Best Quotes About Overcoming Anxiety

These famous anxiety quotes encapsulate the principles of two leading psychological therapies for overcoming anxiety – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

1. You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. – Dan Millman.

Research has shown that attempting to control unwanted thoughts, typically results in increased intrusions of those thoughts.

2. The perfect is the enemy of the good. – Voltaire

Do the right thing – the thing that is most consistent with your personal values in a particular moment, even if it’s not the perfect thing.

For example, say a friendly hello rather than avoid someone because you’ve forgotten their name.

3. Don’t believe everything you think. – unknown.

If you’re feeling anxious or ashamed, ask yourself what thought or assumption is driving that feeling. Frequently, the thought will be flawed.

4. The only way out is through. – Robert Frost

The best way out of anxiety is often to expose yourself to the things you are afraid of.

5. Act the way that you want to feel. – Gretchen Rubin

If you want to feel confident, act confident. For example, stand up straight.

If you want to feel calm, act calm. For example, don’t do excessive reassurance seeking or excessive checking.

6. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. – Steven Hayes.

This anxiety quote encapsulates the principle that becoming less anxious involves acting differently. If you change your behavior, your thoughts and feelings will change. You can’t wait for your thoughts and feelings to change, you need to change your behavior first.

7. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer

9. If you aren’t willing to have it, you will. – Steven Hayes The majority of things people with anxiety do to try to escape from it, generate further stress and anxiety.

For example, avoidance coping, or trying to block out thoughts, which as mentioned in #1 tends to increase intrusions of those thoughts.

10. (Slow breathing) is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. – Russ Harris

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1. “P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.” ~Danielle LaPorte
2. “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” ~Anais Nin
3. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult
4. “Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it.” ~Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
5. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra
6. “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” ~Brené Brown
7. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” ~Alain de Botton
8. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
9. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
10. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~Dan Millman
11. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~Steven Hayes
12. “The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ~Ernest Hemingway
13. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” ~George Bernard Shaw
14. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” ~Arthur Somers Roche
15. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” ~Walter Anderson
16. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~Charles Spurgeon
17. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” ~Grenville Kleiser
18. “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” ~Eckhart Tolle
19. “The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.” ~Daniel Goleman
20. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
21. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” ~Wayne Dyer
22. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

40 Quotes That Describe What Anxiety Really Feels Like + How To Cope With & Overcome Your Anxiety For Good

Everyone has anxiety and some people have mastered how to cope and overcome it. Here’s how.

Anxiety makes life interesting… sort of. It brings doubt to the forefront of your mind, constantly. You second guess yourself all of the time and the stress and panic attacks can tear you down, make you depressed and leave you feeling vulnerable.

If you have an anxiety disorder or deal with generalized anxiety and stress during parts of your life, the symptoms can keep you up at night, cause mood swings and make you act irrationally.

One of the biggest stressors that fuels anxiety is trying to satisfy others and make everyone else happy. When this happens, you make yourself unnecessarily stressed and miserable, and you don’t spend your time living the life you want and deserve. You may feel broken, scared, unhappy and that you aren’t going anywhere.

On one hand, it is okay to take into consideration other people’s opinions, but don’t let others take control of your life. You need to make decisions for yourself and don’t let others scare you from being who want to be or do what you want to do.

Everyone has bad days where your anxiety wants you to stay in bed and not do anything, but it is important to get up and get going anyway.

Remember, almost everyone faces anxiety at some point in their life. You are not alone.

Here are 20 quotes about anxiety that remind you that you are not experiencing this alone:

1. Wanting control over every little aspect of your life will cause you to stress more than if you let life run it’s course.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” —Kahlil Gibran

2. Anxiety can keep you from living your life.

“It’s sad actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.” —HealthyPlace.com

3. It’s easier to hide anxiety and let people think the worst of you than to let others in to see you falling apart.

“My anxiety is silent. You wouldn’t even notice a change on the outside, but I’m honestly so stressed I can’t even manage simple tasks. People call me lazy when in reality I’m just overwhelmed.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Why is it so easy to let fear about fear cause anxiety?

“Anxiety is practicing failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.” —Seth Godin

5. Anxiety drains everything out of you.

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” —Somers Roche

6. Living your life for others doesn’t make you happy. It makes you miserable.

“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” —Paulo Coelho

7. People who have anxiety are full of jumbled emotions.

“She was brave and strong and broken all at once.” —Anna Funder

8. Anxiety can tear you down.

“Anxiety is a lot like a toddler. It never stops talking, tells you you’re wrong about everything, and wakes you up at 3am.” —www.tonihammer.com

9. Staying stuck on something keeps you from moving forward in life.

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” —English Proverb

10. Even though anxiety tells you to give up, your courage will push you to try and try again.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” —Mary Anne Radmacher

11. Who said anxiety has to be rational?

“I get nervous about everything. Sometimes I literally don’t know why I’m anxious. I just am and no-one seems to understand that.” —HealthyPlace.com

12. Sometimes it’s easier to give up, but if you give into your discouragement, you let your anxiety win.

“You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.” —Unknown

13. Sometimes you are afraid of yourself.

“I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.” —Dr. Ried/Criminal Minds

14. Keeping up a facade when you feel yourself cracking is very difficult.

“The worst feeling in the world is trying to hold back a panic attack in public.” —Unknown

15. Don’t push yourself to get everything done in one go.

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

16. People who have anxiety want to feel normal more than anything else.

“Social anxiety isn’t a choice. I wish people knew how badly I wish I could be like everybody else, and how hard it is to be affected by something that can bring me to my knees, every single day.” —HealthyPlace.com

17. When you are dealing with anxiety, you are full of contradictory emotions.

“Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends, but hate socializing. It’s wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.” —HealthyPlace.com

18. Anxiety is one emotion that can make you feel horrible instantly.

“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” —Seneca

19. When you have too much on your plate, you become overwhelmed.

“Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us.” —Marcus Buckingham

20. Anxiety does nothing but wear you down.

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” —Charles Spurgeon

It is important to keep yourself going, even when your stress and anxiety make it feel like you are drowning. Try to lean on others for support through some of your darkest days. Learn techniques on how to best cope with your anxiety. Find what works best for you.

It can be difficult for the people closest to you to understand what you are going through since everyone deals with their own anxieties in different ways. You may be stuck, whether it be in bed or having a hard time moving forward in what you need to do, but it doesn’t mean you are a failure.

If you aren’t okay, that’s okay. All you need to do is keep trying. You are strong and will learn what’s best for you. Remember to put your mental health first before anything else. Everything else can wait.

Here are 10 inspirational quotes describing how to cope with your anxiety:

1. You need to lean on other people for help.

“S.T.R.E.S.S. = Someone Trying to Repair Every Situation Solo.” —DaveWillis.org

2. Anxiety is a mental illness, you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are.

“It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s ok to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s ok to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.” —HealthyPlace.com

3. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Put your mental health before anything else, because without a solid mental state, everything else becomes pointless.

“Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the soccer game, the recital, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself.” —@nakedwithanxiety

5. There isn’t a way to change the past and there is no way to predict the future. So, just relax.

“No amount of regret can change the past. No amount of anxiety can change the future.” —notsalmon.com

6. You have to be strong to get up and keep going every day while being bogged down by anxiety.

“Don’t assume I’m weak because I have panic attacks. You’ll never know the amount of strength it takes to face the world every day.” —Unknown

7. Laugh it out and humor will get you through some of your worst times.

“Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.” —Will Durst

8. You cannot stop your anxiety, but you can learn techniques to lessen it.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

9. You have been shaped by your experiences.

“You are more than the mistakes you’ve made. You are the wisdom, love, strength and compassion you’ve gained from all you’ve been through.” —Karen Salmansohn

10. Humor keeps your anxiety at bay.

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” —Charlie Chaplin

You may be wondering if you will ever overcome your anxiety. Remember, you won’t be able to get rid of your anxiety completely, but you can learn to let go of some of it. You have to do what’s best for you.

Here are 10 quotes that will inspire you to let go of some of your stress and learn how to overcome your anxiety:

1. When you let go of whatever is bothering you, you will be able to grow into who you are.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I want to be.” —Lao Tzu

2. You learn from the mistakes you make.

“Don’t spend too much time worrying about your mistakes. Mistakes become experience.” —iliketoquote.com

3. If it was easy to overcome mental illness, everyone would do it.

“You cannot recover from anxiety by just staying calm. You cannot recover from depression by just being positive. You cannot recover from anorexia nervosa by just eating more. If mental illnesses were that simple we wouldn’t be struggling in the first place.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Don’t underestimate people who have survived so much.

“She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” —E. Corona

5. Sometimes it is better to attack one reason for anxiety at a time.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” —William James

6. You have to want happiness more than anything for you to overcome what’s holding you back.

“I have decided to be happy because it’s good for my health.” —Voltaire

7. It’s a great feeling when you have done something you didn’t think you could.

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” —picturequotes.com

8. You can use your faults for your own benefit.

“Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage.” —Celestine Chua

9. When you overcome something you never thought was possible, you will be able to go places you never imagined.

“Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you places you never thought you’d get to.” —Morgan Harper Nichols

10. When you take time to breathe or focus on yourself. You remind yourself that it isn’t the end of the world and you can do it.

“There are two ways to get rid of an anxiety monster, my friend-you either have a bath or a nap.” —Andrew Kaufman

Hopefully, you can find the best way for you to cope with your anxiety and remember, you are not alone.

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Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, mental health, pop culture and relationship topics.

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