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50 Anxiety and Stress Quotes To Help You Calm Down and Cope

Whether if you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder or just going through a stressful period, anxiety can freeze you in fear. But, sometimes, all you need are some words of inspiration to get on the other side of anxiety.

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

2. “Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” -- Robert Tew

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

4. “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

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

6. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”-- Dan Millman

7. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” --Walter Anderson

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

9. “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

10. “Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.” -- George Addair

11. “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

12. “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

13. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” -- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

16. “It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”-- Mandy Hale

17. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

19. “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

20. “There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.” -- Henry David Thoreau

21. “Anxiety was born in 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

22. “No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” -- Karen Salmansohn

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

24. “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

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

26. “You have dug your soul out of the dark, you have fought to be here; do not go back to what buried you.” -- Bianca Sparacino

27. “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

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

29. “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

30. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” -- Zig Ziglar

31. “Hey you, keep living. It won’t always be this overwhelming.”-- Jacqueline Whitney

32. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” -- Amit Ray

33. “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” -- Theodore Roosevelt

34. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.” -- Charlie Chaplin

35. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest taken between two deep breaths.”-- Etty Hillesum

36. “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

37. “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.

38. “Keep walking through the storm. Your rainbow is waiting on the other side.” -- Heather Stillufsen

39. “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” -- Mary Hemingway

40. “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect—on any front—and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.” -- Fred Rogers

41. “Today’s a perfect day for a whole new start. Let go of fear and free your mind. It’s time to open your heart.” -- Chris Butler

42. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -- Maya Angelou

43. “Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” -- Cheryl Strayed

44. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

46. “The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve.” -- Charles Glassman

47. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” -- Roy Bennett

48. “Become a worry-slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes. Do you procrastinate when a bloodsucking bug lights on your skin? ‘I’ll take care of it in a moment.’ Of course you don’t! You give the critter the slap it deserves. Be equally decisive with anxiety.” -- Max Lucado

49. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” -- Frank A. Clark

50. “The best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain.” -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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