Anxiety is everywhere. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you’re bound to have encountered it one way or another, and more often than you’d like. It comes in many forms, too, to the point of inescapability. Anxiety can be the variety of options in your life or the lack of it. It can be that elusive dream job, your bad spending habits, or your self-pity. It can be the heat or the cold, the traffic jam, the woman cutting in line, your spouse not noticing your haircut, it’s everyday living at its finest.
Some anxiety you have no control over, some you do. When faced with the former, the only thing to do is accept; with the latter you can adapt, improvise, and try to make it better. As you strive for peace and happiness, it’s important you don’t forget that life is what you make it. While it’s only right to acknowledge your worries and feelings of unease, it doesn’t mean that you’re stuck. More importantly, these anxious emotions mustn’t manipulate you into thinking that you’re small and helpless. You are who you think you are, so think big.
Therefore, breathe, take it easy, and try to be grateful. And don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. If you can be kind to others, then you definitely have to be kind to yourself.
Here’s a collection of anxiety quotes to help you get through a bad day.
Anxiety & Stress Quotes
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. – Richard Carlson
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. – Plato
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. – Soren Kierkegaard
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.
The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. – Wayne Dyer
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
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. – T. S. Eliot
It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. – Hans Selye
Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. – Jodi Picoult
If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change. – Tony Gaskins
Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life. – Andrew J. Bernstein
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. – Plato
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
Anxiety is one little tree in your forest. Step back and look at the whole forest.
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 Roche
You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. – Wayne Dyer
If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days. – Kris Carr
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. – Steve Maraboli
Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. – Edvard Munch
You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come, and a positive outlook is what gets you through. – Marie Osmond
A day of worrying is more exhausting than a week of work. – John Lubbock
The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts. – Bryant H. McGill
There are times in life when there’s absolutely nothing you can do, also known as a chance to relax. – Robert Brault
The biggest obstacle you’ll ever have to overcome is your mind. If you can overcome that, you can overcome anything.
You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. -Dan Millman
Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others. – Paulo Coelho
Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down. – Natalie Goldberg
Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. – Joyce Meyer
Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Quotes to Reduce Stress, Tension & Anxiety
Running is a great way to relieve stress and clear the mind. – Joan Van Ark
Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. – Valerie Bertinelli
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. – Boethius
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress. – Viggo Mortensen
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. – Ray Bradbury
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you’re going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing. – Kevin Hart
Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. – Judith Hanson Lasater
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. – Chinese Proverb
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. – Hans Selye
Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt
Stop a minute, right were you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. tell that imperious voice in your head to be still. – Barbara Kingsolver
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray
Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. – Marilu Henner
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. – Mother Teresa
To experience peace doesn’t mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life – Jill Bolte Taylor
Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress. – Melody Beattie
Share these anxiety quotes to remind others that things always get better.