Anxiety disorders are the leading mental illnesses in America. It affects 40 million adults (18.1% of the population) and 25.1% of children ages 13-18. Yet, despite being a treatable condition, only 39.6% of those suffering seek treatment. So here are inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers to ease their anguish. Remember to take deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth and let it go. You’re not alone.
Positive Anxiety Quotes
I’ve gathered a small collection of inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers that are positive and uplifting to an anxious soul. I encourage you to write down any that resonates with you. Then, you can copy them onto index cards to flip through during anxiety. Or, jot them down in your journal or life planner for further reflection and safekeeping. Then, revisit them until you believe their truths.
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
Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.Chuck Jones
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
Hey you, keep living. It won’t always be this overwhelming.Jacqueline Whitney
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.Zig Ziglar
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
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.Ralph Waldo Emerson
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.Maya Angelou
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.Joyce Meyer
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.Lao Tzu
Overcoming Anxiety Quotes
These motivational quotes will help overcome anxiety by creating an ability to embrace a positive mindset and work towards your goals. Sometimes it takes putting one foot in front of the other. But that is much easier said than done. So when consumed by your anxiety and overwhelmed with the chaos around you, do this. Take deep breaths and visit these inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers to change their mindset. You’ve got this.
Act the way that you want to feel.Gretchen Rubin
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.Walter Anderson
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.Wayne Gretzky
It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.Mandy Hale
If you’re going through hell keep going.Winston Churchill
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
You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.Dan Millman
You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.Wayne Dyer
Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it.Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.Steven Hayes
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
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.
Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.Roy Bennett
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.Amit Ray
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.Thich Nhat Hanh
Depression and Anxiety Quotes
Common comorbidity in mental illness is that of anxiety and depression. Some estimations suggest that 60% of people with anxiety also suffer from depression. So here are some inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers battling depression too. Also, don’t forget to write down the ones that motivate you. You’re not alone.
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
Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.Roy Bennett
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.Jamie Paolinetti
Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.Ana Monnar
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.Agatha Christie
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.C.S. Lewis
Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have. It depends solely upon what you think.Dale Carnegie
No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.Karen Salmansohn
I just give myself permission to suck. I find this hugely liberating.John Green
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, she became a butterfly.Chuang Tzu
Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.Ali Ibn Abi Talib
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Social Anxiety Quotes
Sometimes the most challenging part of the day is keeping our commitments with family and friends. Unfortunately, around 15 million Americans suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder. Sadly, many refuse social engagements and have turned to text and social media for sole communication. You’re not alone.
Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.Jennifer Elisabeth
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.Eleanor Roosevelt
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.William James
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.Pema Chodron
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.Proverb
The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts.Bryant H. McGill
Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.William James
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.John C. Maxwell
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.Benjamin Franklin
Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.Robert Tew
Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.Astrid Alauda
Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others.Paul Coelho
Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.Jodi Picoult
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency.Natalie Goldberg
Anxiety Quotes and Sayings
Here is the best collection of anxiety quotes and sayings to reflect on during those anxious moments. Calm your mind. Write down the inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers that speak the most to you. Remember to take deep breaths. Let it go. You’re not alone.
How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which the man responded, “That’s your worry.”Max Lucado
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
I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.Steve Maraboli
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
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.Charles Spurgeon
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
I allowed myself to breathe and then I said, what is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world fill your heart. If your heart is filled with anxiety, you will get sick, and you will not be able to help.Thich Naht Hanh
Did you enjoy this list of inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers? Deep breathing exercises, prayer, and journaling are all sources of relieving anxiety. What calms your mind? Please let me know in the comments below and share these inspirational quotes for anxiety sufferers to spread the love. Thanks, you’re fantastic.
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.