Anxiety quotes are a way to relieve anxiety and feel calmer. Anxiety is a common problem that many people face (around 22% of women arriving to The Mental Health Foundation). It can be caused by many things, from being overworked, to past traumas, to life changes or grief.
Anxiety quotes have been shown to help because they provide reassurance that you’re not alone in your struggles with anxiety, whilst reframing things in a new way and giving us something positive to focus on.
In this blog post, I’m sharing 15 different anxiety quotes in order to help you to be a calmer, happier you.
Anxiety Quote #1: How the past impacts our present
I’m noticing that the things that make me anxious now are the things that I wasn’t allowed to do as a child:
Asking for help
Anxiety Quote #2: For those who can’t stop apologising
If someone is an anxious apologiser, instead of saying “stop saying sorry”, it’s so much kinder to say “you have nothing to apologise for”. It’s not commanding. It’s comforting.
Anxiety Quote #3: Busy gathering strength
I can be in my bed and still be “busy” you know. Busy gathering strength.
Anxiety Quote #4: Keep your focus in the present moment
Anxiety is fear of the unknown – often because we’re imagining the worst. So breathe. Be here now. Notice that right now, you’re safe. We don’t know exactly what the future holds. Can you come back and engage with now rather than an imagined future?
Anxiety Quote #5: The highly sensitive person
Sensitive people may come across as aloof or cold when they are trying to manage and process their senses.
Anxiety Quote #6: You are not your anxiety
Those thoughts, they’re your anxiety talking.
Because you are not your anxiety.
Anxiety Quote #7: Stop overthinking and start living
I pray you quit overthinking, replaying failed scenarios, feeding self-doubt, and seeing the good in everyone but yourself. You deserve more.
Anxiety Quote #8: Always be a little kinder than necessary
You can sound confident and have anxiety. You can look healthy but feel like shit. You can look happy but be miserable inside. You can be good-looking and feel ugly. So be kind, because every person is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Anxiety Quote #9: You are powerful and valuable
Shoutout to all shy, introverted. empathic, socially awkward souls who are pushing past their comfort zone to share their gifts with the world. You know you have a lot to offer.
Anxiety Quote #10: Your anxiety is lying to you
You are beautiful. You are safe. You are loved. You are going to be okay.
Anxiety Quote #11: Turn your ‘what ifs’ into ‘why nots’
My therapist told me that anxious people have the tendency to only explore the scary “what ifs” and challenged me to remember that there is also a flip side. What if you excel? What if it is one of the best experiences of your life? What if it changes you in a beautiful way?
Anxiety Quote #12: You deserve that break
Alternatives to “I did nothing”
- I rested
- I chose not to make plans
- I recovered from the week/day
- I shortened my to-do list
- I had a mental health day
- I took a nap
- I watched the TV I love
- I had a day with myself
- I recuperated
- I had some time out
Anxiety Quote #13: The whole world is in our own minds
My therapist taught me to interrupt my anxious thinking with thoughts like, “What if things work out?” and “What if all my hard work pays off?” So I’m passing that onto you wherever you are, whatever you’re leaving, or whomever you’re becoming.
Anxiety Quote #14: Anxiety is your teacher
Remember that anxiety is a teacher – trying to help you to learn, heal, grow, or change something. When we listen, we’ll find our own solution.
Anxiety Quote #15: Don’t let your anxiety fool and control you
Never let anxiety fool you into thinking you’re not strong enough for something. Never let your anxiety fool you into thinking that you can’t achieve your biggest dreams. Never let anxiety convince you that you’re not loved or that there’s something wrong with you. Never let anxiety fool you into thinking that this is how you will be for the rest of your life. Never let anxiety control you.