Best Anxiety Quotes to help you Cope (and deal with Anxiety)

In this brief guide, we will look at some of the best Anxiety quotes to help you cope with anxiety, and look at the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders so that we may recognize it more easily, as well as what one can do when they experience anxiety.

Anxiety Quotes

Here are some of the best Anxiety quotes that will help someone deal with anxiety a little better:

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” Natalie Goldberg

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus

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

“How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.” Thomas Jefferson

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet

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

“Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.” Plato

“You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dyer

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs

“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.” Anonymous

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” Soren Kierkegaard

“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

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” Walter Anderson

“To hear the phrase “our only hope” always makes one anxious, because it means that if the only hope doesn’t work, there is nothing left.” Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

“Man is not worried about real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”

Epictetus

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” Rick Warren, The Purpose of Christmas

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

“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 

“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

 “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”

—Jodi Picoult

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

—Anonymous

“Anxiety was born at the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it— just as we have learned to live with storms.” Paulo Coelho

“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

“It’s not time to worry yet.” Harper Lee

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

“My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it.” Hugh Prather

Anxiety signs and symptoms

Known the signs and symptoms of anxiety can help you get intervention and treatment when you most need it and help you avoid difficult times, so here are the signs and symptoms of anxiety according to the International Classification of mental and behavioral disorders (ICD 10)

  • “Free-floating” Anxiety (that does not occur in any specific circumstance)
  • continuous feelings of:
  •  Nervousness
  • Trembling
  • muscular tension
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Epigastric discomfort
  • Fears that the sufferer or a relative will shortly become ill or have an accident 
  • worries and forebodings.
  • apprehension (worries about future misfortunes, feeling “on edge”, difficulty in concentrating, etc.)
  • motor tension (restless fidgeting, tension headaches, trembling, inability to relax); 
  • autonomic overactivity (lightheadedness, sweating, tachycardia or tachypnoea, epigastric discomfort, dizziness, dry mouth, etc.).

How to Get Rid of Anxiety?

To get rid of the anxiety you may try many things, like exercise, eating better, getting out of the situations that cause anxiety, and asking for help from your loved ones and friends.

Getting rid of anxiety is not very difficult, and with appropriate measures like therapy and help from your support system, it can be very easy to help with anxiety.

One thing you can try in case you are experiencing sudden anxiety and fear about something is a Grounding Technique.

This involves different techniques, like the 5-4-3-2-1 for instance, in which the person needs to list five things they can hear, then four things they can see, then three things they can touch from where they are sitting, two things they can smell, and one thing they can taste.

There are other things to help with anxiety too, like licking a piece of ice or dipping one’s hands in cold water.

Another thing that can help with anxiety is mindfulness, which is a method of meditation in which one needs to be in touch with their thoughts, acknowledge what they are thinking without judgment, and be present in the moment.

Mindfulness practice, especially regularly, has been shown to bring tremendous improvement in anxiety disorders of all kinds, and it is definitely worth trying.

The therapy options for anxiety involve Cognitive Behavior therapy and Behavior therapy, both of which are widely used for many different types of Anxiety disorders.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Anxiety

Cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety may involve techniques to change the thought process of the individual that may be causing anxiety and filling them with foreboding about the future.

CBT may teach the person to adopt more healthy and positive thoughts instead of the ruminations that they are currently experiencing so that there can be a reduction in the form of fear they are always feeling.

CBT is practiced by licensed professionals and one needs to ensure that their therapist is trained in CBT before starting therapy.

Below is an example of the way CBT might work for anxiety:

“Thought #1: The party sounds like a lot of fun. I love going out and meeting new people!

Emotions: Happy, excited.

Thought #2: Parties aren’t my thing. I’d much rather stay in and watch a movie.

Emotions: Neutral.

Thought #3: I never know what to say or do at parties. I’ll make a fool of myself if I go.

Emotions: Anxious, sad.”

The person may be asked to specify the thoughts they are having and try to change the negative ones into more positive and uplifting ones.

Behavior Therapy for Anxiety

The main technique used in behavior therapy for anxiety might be systematic desensitization, which is a step by step movement towards getting used to situations that may provoke anxiety in an individual.

Systematic desensitization allows someone with anxiety to gradually face their fears and build confidence which may eventually help them master skills for controlling their anxiety on their own without crumbling in front of the fear.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at some of the best Anxiety quotes to help you cope with anxiety, and looked at the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders so that we may recognize it more easily, as well as what one can do when they experience anxiety.

Anxiety can seem like something that dominates one’s life completely, and when someone does not know how to deal with it it can be very challenging.

However, with adequate intervention, the right medication, and support from loved ones, it is something that can be managed with much ease, so no one should tolerate it without at least trying to get better.

There are many treatments for anxiety and many people experience it frequently, so if you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, make sure you see someone to get the help you need.

If you have any questions or comments about anxiety or you know some great anxiety quotes that may help and inspire others, please feel free to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Anxiety Quotes

What can I say to relieve anxiety?

Here are some of the best things you can say to someone to relieve their anxiety and help them get through a difficult time:
“Tell me about a time when things went wrong.”
Offer words of encouragement.
Offer support and unconditional love
Share similar experiences that you think might inspire the person.
Ask “What do you need?”

Is worrying a sign of anxiety?

Yes, Worrying is a sign of anxiety, in fact, many people who experience anxiety report that they find themselves worrying about things they cannot control or even things that may not even happen.
The symptom of worrying associated with anxiety disorders is usually disproportionate to the situation they are in and it may often be about “What if” scenarios, even things that may never happen may make someone with anxiety worry about what they will do if they occur.

How can I be positive with anxiety?

Here are some ways to be positive with anxiety:
Breakdown the fears you are experiencing to make them feel more conquerable.
Be around optimists. 
Make a list of people who make you feel good
Start your day with an achievable positive intention daily
Practice mindfulness
Get some fresh air in your routine life
Smile more.

How can I calm my anxiety fast?

Here are some ways to calm your anxiety fast:
Give yourself a time-out.
Eat healthy meals.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as these can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks
Get enough sleep.
Exercise daily 
Take deep breaths.
Count to 10 slowly. 
Look into some grounding techniques

What triggers anxiety?

Anxiety can be triggered by anything that the person thinks of as uncontrollable, and when someone feels like they are in a situation they can’t deal with, they may experience anxiety.
Another trigger for anxiety can be Stress buildup whether that is due to a big event or a buildup of smaller stressful life situations.

Citations

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/anxiety

International Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders 

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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