197 Anxiety Quotes (To Ease Your Mind and Help You Cope)

If you’re dealing with anxiety, chances are you are worn out and overwhelmed by the fear and overthinking that comes with it. It can make you feel out of control and can keep you from experiencing life in the ways that you want.

According to a recent study, close to 20% of adult Americans suffer from anxiety.[1] So while it may feel overwhelming, rest assured that you’re not alone.

There are so many people, celebrities included, that have dealt with anxiety and gone on to lead incredibly successful and fulfilling lives, so don’t give up yet!

The following 187 quotes can be helpful to cope during a tough day.

Sections

  1. Anxiety attack quotes
  2. Anxiety and depression quotes
  3. Anxiety and stress quotes
  4. Living with anxiety quotes
  5. Social anxiety quotes
  6. Inspiration and positive quotes for anxiety sufferers
  7. Funny quotes about anxiety
  8. Short quotes about anxiety
  9. Quotes about relationship anxiety
  10. Quotes about loving someone with anxiety
  11. Calming quotes about anxiety
  12. Sad anxiety quotes
  13. Bible quotes about anxiety

Anxiety attack quotes

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know just how overwhelming they are. All of a sudden, it’s hard to breathe, and you feel like the world is closing in around you. Here are 17 quotes about dealing with anxiety attacks.

1. “I am severely overwhelmed with everything. It’s come to a point where even small tasks make me feel like breaking down and crying. Everything is just too much for me now.” —Unknown

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2. “The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy.” —William James

3. “The body becomes its own corset. Past, present, and future exist as a single force. A swing without gravity soars to a terrifying height. The outlines of people and things dissolve.” —Cindy J. Aaronson, What Causes Panic Attacks, TED

4. “Most people don’t understand the strength it takes to pull yourself out of an anxiety attack. So if you’ve ever done that, I’m proud of you.” —Unknown

5. “In a panic attack, the body’s perception of danger is enough to trigger the response we would have to a real threat — and then some.” —Cindy J. Aaronson, What Causes Panic Attacks, TED

6. “It’s disrespectful, in my opinion, when people talk about panic attacks as if they’re just a slight hiccup.” —Unknown

7. “A panic attack goes from 0 to 100 in an instant. It’s halfway between feeling like you’ll faint and feeling like you’ll die.” —Unknown

8. “The first step to preventing panic attacks is understanding them.” —Cindy J. Aaronson, What Causes Panic Attacks, TED

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

10. “My first anxiety attack I felt like my skin was turning inside out.” —Unknown

11. “My record for surviving a panic attack is 100%.” —Unkown

12. “Well, unless you’ve suffered from panic attacks and social anxiety disorders, which is what I was diagnosed as having, it’s hard to explain it. But you go on stage knowing you’re actually physically going to die. You will keel over and die.” —Donny Osmond

13. “The first time I had a panic attack, I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just wouldn’t stop.” —Emma Stone

14. “Don’t assume I’m weak because I have panic attacks. You’ll never know the amount of strength it takes to face the world every day.” —Unknown

15. “Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. They are signs of trying to remain strong for far too long.” —Unknown

16. “The worst feeling in the world is trying to hold back a panic attack in public.” —Unknown

17. “During a panic attack, I remember that today is just today and that is all that it is. I take a deep breath in and I realize that in this moment I am fine and everything is okay. More importantly, I am reminded that my A.P.C. jeans are so perfectly worn in that they are appropriate for any season, and I am suddenly at ease.” —Max Greenfield

Anxiety and depression quotes

Dealing with both anxiety and depression can feel impossible sometimes. You’re too depressed to do anything, and you feel anxious about not doing what you need to. Hopefully, these quotes can make you feel less alone in your mental health struggles.

1. “I worry my depression and anxiety are always going to keep me from being the person I dreamed of becoming.” —Unknown

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2. “May we heal from childhood trauma, insecurities, depression, anxiety, and burnout. We all deserve a life.” —@geli_lizarondo, March 15 2022, 4:53PM, Twitter

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3. “Do not believe all the things your mind tells you late at night.” —Unknown

4. “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” —Unknown

5. “I hide my depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety behind my fake smile.” —@Emma3am, March 14 2022, 5:32AM, Twitter

6. “A human being can survive almost anything as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” —Elizabeth Wurtzel

7. “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” —Ruth E. Renkel

8. “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” —C.H. Spurgeon

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

10. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. “Anxiety and depression are not signs of weakness.” —Unknown

12. “I’ve been dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety for over 10 years. Some days are harder than others. Today is one of those.” —@youngwulff_, March 17 2022, 3:01PM, Twitter

13. “Everyone sees who I appear to be but only a few know the real me. You only see what I choose to show. There’s so much behind my smile that you just don’t know.” —Unknown

14. “It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” —Matt Haig

15. “I don’t think anyone really understands how tiring it is to act okay and always be strong when in reality you’re close to the edge.” —Unknown

16. “For people who think there’s nothing to live for and nothing more to expect from life, the question is getting these people to realize that life is still expecting something from them.” —Viktor Frankl quoted in How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

You might also be interested in this list of mental health quotes.

Anxiety and stress quotes

Whether you struggle with anxiety, or are feeling generally stressed in your life, knowing that you’re not alone can be helpful. Hopefully, these quotes can offer you some comfort.

1. “It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” —Mandy Hale

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2. “I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I don’t quit.” —Shayne McClendon

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

4. “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

5. “Having an anxiety disorder is like that moment where your chair almost tips, or you miss a step going down the stairs but it never stops.” —Unknown

6. “But severe anxiety isn’t a moral or personal failing. It’s a health problem, just like strep throat or diabetes. It needs to be treated with the same kind of seriousness.” —Jen Gunther, What’s Normal Anxiety? TED

7. “Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” —Sonia Ricotti

8. “But the dark reality was that if I stopped to rest for a single second, I would spiral out of control. The self-loathing would take over, and panic attacks would consume me.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

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

10. “Stress, worry and anxiety simply come from projecting your thoughts into the future and imagining something bad. Stay focused on now.” —Unknown

11. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” —Walter Anderson

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

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

14. “Thousands of years ago, the Buddha described the chaos and havoc of the monkey mind, a state where unruly monkeys—thoughts and fears– collided into each other creating stress and anxiety.” —Margaret Jaworski, Living With Anxiety, 2020

15. “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 Samansohn

16. “I overanalyze things because I am nervous about what could happen if I’m not prepared.” —Unknown

17. “You feel excited, but also nervous, and you’ve got this feeling in your stomach almost like another heartbeat.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

18. “Though I looked confident and powerful on the outside, both my mind and heart were racing. Thoughts of self-doubt and self-hatred competed for my attention, all but drowning out the real voices around me.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

Living with anxiety quotes

It can be difficult for people to understand that anxiety is real and makes every day a challenge for the people living with it. If you’re struggling with anxiety right now, just remember that better days are coming.

1. “Just because I can’t explain the feelings causing my anxiety doesn’t make them less valid.” —Lauren Elizabeth

2. “The truth is some days I don’t give it my best. I don’t even give it my all. I can only manage to give it my some, and it’s not even that great. But I’m still here and I’m still trying.” —Nanea Hoffman

3. “Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room. The only one you can hear.” —Unknown

4. “If I think back to all of the most memorable and joyous moments of my life, my memories are laced with a dark, gripping cloak of anxiety.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

5. “When you’re feeling anxious, remember that you’re still you. You are not anxiety. Whenever you feel otherwise, remember that’s the anxiety talking. You are still you and hold the power in every moment.” —Deanne Repich

6. “‘For two nights, I stayed up all night, staring at my wall, trying to figure it out,’ she says. ‘I couldn’t make my brain believe that there was no threat to me.’” —Abby Seale, Living With Anxiety, 2020

7. “There’s nothing wrong with [anxiety]. The only problem is if you ignore it and don’t treat it.” —Michael Feenster, Living With Anxiety, 2020

8. “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I was already strong, and they made me prove it.” —Emery Lord

9. “Anxiety is a real problem, not something made up. It is a mental health issue.” —Bisma Anwar, Dating Someone With Anxiety

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

11. “People with anxiety think a lot about what they’re doing wrong, their worries, and how bad they’re feeling… So maybe it’s time to start being kinder with ourselves, time to start supporting ourselves, and a way to do this is to forgive yourself for any mistakes you think you might have made just a few moments ago or mistakes made in the past.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

12. “All too often, we aim for perfection, but never end up doing anything because the standards that we set for ourselves are too high.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

13. “Anxiety disorders, however, are marked by worry and racing thoughts that become debilitating and interfere with everyday functioning.” —Bethany Bray, Living With Anxiety, 2017

14. “But my anxiety was always there, slowly bubbling to the surface for a quarter of a century, until it would eventually erupt.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

15. “Dealing with anxiety can be challenging but there are many effective ways to cope with it. Find the combination that works for you.” —Margaret Jaworski, Living With Anxiety, 2020

16. “I am anxious. The anxiety makes it impossible to concentrate. Because it is impossible to concentrate I will make an unforgivable mistake at work. Because I will make an unforgivable mistake at work, I will be fired. Because I will be fired, I will not be able to pay the rent.” —Daniel B. Smith, quoted in Living With Anxiety, 2020

You might relate also to these quotes on overthinking.

Social anxiety quotes

Dealing with social anxiety can leave people feeling isolated and lonely. Hopefully the following sayings can help you feel less alone if you’re struggling with social anxiety. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out this list of quotes about social anxiety.

1. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Seuss

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2. “We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think about us if we knew how seldom they do.” —Olin Miller

3. “Many of us have been through the crippling fears and constant anxiety that social anxiety produces—and have come out healthier and happier on the other side.” —James Jefferson, Social Anxiety Disorder

4. “Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart, and kind, and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all.” —Julia Quinn

5. “I’m a lonely person at heart, I need people but my social anxiety prevents me from being happy.” —Unknown

6. “I learned that the root cause of social anxiety is fear and I can change this fear into love, acceptance, and empowerment.” —Katy Morin, Medium

7. “Knowing what caused your social anxiety is an important first step in healing from social anxiety and having empowering relationships with those around you.” —Katy Morin, Medium

8. “Social anxiety isn’t a choice. I wish people knew how badly I wish I could be like everybody else, and how hard it is to be affected by something that can bring me to my knees every single day.” —Anonymous

9. “When you’re surrounded by lots of people, like on a bus, you start to feel hot, nauseous, uneasy, and to prevent this from happening, you start avoiding a lot of places which makes you feel lonely and isolated.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

10. “It feels almost like you’re dissociating from yourself, like it’s an out-of-body experience, and you’re just watching yourself talk. ‘Keep it together,’ you say to yourself, but you can’t.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

11. “My mom would make me order food at restaurants and over the phone, in the hope of helping me overcome my irrational fear of interacting with others.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

12. “As a kid, I would second guess everything that I did. I was told that I was ‘just shy,’ and that I needed to practice doing things I didn’t want to do in order to get used to my shyness.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

Inspirational and positive quotes for anxiety sufferers

If you’re looking for some positive quotes about overcoming anxiety, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re trapped in fear and need some encouragement, then hopefully these motivational quotes can give you the extra boost you need to cope with your anxiety.

1. “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

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2. “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” —Shannon L. Alder

3. “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.

4. “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

5. “Take a moment now to stop and thank yourself for how far you’ve come. You’ve been trying to make changes in your life, and all your efforts count.” —Unknown

6. “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” —Roy T. Bennett

7. “If you had a panic attack and are embarrassed about it, forgive yourself; if you wanted to talk to someone, but couldn’t muster up the courage to do so, don’t worry about it, let it go; forgive yourself for anything and everything and this will give you greater compassion towards yourself. You can’t begin to heal until you do this.”—Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

8. “You can take charge of your anxiety and lower it, which I think is so empowering.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

9. “I finally know what those incessant thoughts of self-doubt are. I finally know how to recognize when the anxiety is tightening its grip on me. I finally know how to stop it all.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

10. “Anxiety isn’t all bad. Sometimes it’s a life-saver.” —Margaret Jaworski, Living With Anxiety, 2020

11. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” —Desmond Tutu

12. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” —Virginia Woolf

13. “Let your mind and heart rest for a while. You will catch up, the world will not stop spinning for you, but you will catch up. Take a rest.” —Cynthia Go

14. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our problems.” —Charlie Chaplin

15. “All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” —Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

16. “You are amazing, unique, and beautiful. There is nothing more you need to be, do, or have in order to be happy. You are perfect just as you are. Yes, really. So smile, give love, and enjoy every moment of this precious life.” —Jynell St. James

17. “Although anxiety is a part of life, never let it control you.” —Paulo Coehlo

18. “Stop doubting yourself! You are so strong! Show the world what you got.” —Unknown

Funny quotes about anxiety

Anxiety quotes don’t all have to be sad. The truth is, the better you are at laughing at yourself, the easier it will be for you to not take life and your anxiety so seriously. Hopefully, the following funny quotes about anxiety can help you feel less alone.

1. “Gorgeous gorgeous girls have social anxiety!” —@l2mnatn, March 3 2022, 3:07AM, Twitter

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2. “Rule number one: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two: It’s all small stuff.” —Robert S. Eliot

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

4. “A way to overcome indecision and this lack of control in life is to do it badly.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

5. “If I was accidentally weird to you once, just know I will be thinking about it every night for the next 50 years.” —Hana Michels

6. “I thought I had social anxiety, turns out I just don’t like people.” —Unknown

7. “My anxiety is chronic, but this ass is iconic.” —Unknown

8. “I’m not fake, I just have social anxiety and a social battery with a lifetime of 10 minutes.” —@therealkimj, March 4 2022, 12:38PM, Twitter

9. “The human body is 90% water. So we’re basically just cucumbers with anxiety.” —Unknown

10. “If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.” —Unknown

11. “I came, I saw, I had anxiety, so I left.” —Unknown

12. “I wish my metabolism worked as fast as my anxiety.” —Unknown

13. “I’ve got 99 problems, and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I’m stressing about for absolutely no logical reason.” —Unknown

14. “Me: what could possibly go wrong? Anxiety: I’m glad you asked…” —Unknown

15. “I try not to worry about the future—so I take each day one anxiety attack at a time.” —Thomas Blanchard Wilson Jr.

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

17. “Some days I can conquer the world, other days it takes me three hours to convince myself to shower.” —Unknown

Short quotes about anxiety

The following anxiety quotes are short and sweet. They can be sent to a friend that you know is struggling with anxiety or used in an Instagram caption to help spread positivity online.

1. “The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.” —Deepak Chopra

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2. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” —John Kabat-Zinn

3. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

4. “Worry is a down payment on a problem that you may never have.” —Unknown

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

6. “These mountains that you’re carrying you were only supposed to climb.” —Najwa Zebian

7. “Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.” —Unknown

8. “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” —Soren Kierkegaard

9. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

10. “You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” —James R. Sherman

11. “People who feel like they’re more in control of their life have better mental health.” —Olivia Remes, How to Cope With Anxiety, TED

12. “When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside.” —Rumi

13. “Worry is my worst enemy. An enemy that I unleash upon myself. “ —Terri Guillemets

14. “Note to self: everything is going to be okay.” —Unknown

15. “Not all wounds are visible.” —Unknown

16. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” —Martin Luther King

Quotes about relationship anxiety

If you struggle with anxiety, then you might also deal with separation anxiety in your relationships. The overthinking and insecurity that can come when you’re separated from your partner can be overwhelming. But with time, you can learn to feel safer in your connections.

1. “I’ve spent most of my life and most of my friendships holding my breath and hoping that when people get close enough they won’t leave, and fearing that it’s a matter of time before they figure me out and go.” —Shauna Niequist

2. “Whenever my husband leaves the house, my dog starts crying. I just hold her and say, ‘I know, I know. I miss him too.’ We both need to work on our separation anxiety.” —Unknown

3. “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds onto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” —Anais Nin

4. “I don’t want to say that I have separation anxiety when you’re gone, but I’d be a lot happier if you just never left.” —Unknown

5. “I think I’m scared of being a burden, and by lying I am trying to protect myself from being shut out and left behind, which ends up being exactly what I do to myself.” —Kelly Jean, Lying Because of Social Anxiety

6. “They say abandonment is a wound that never heals. I say only that an abandoned child never forgets.” —Mario Balotelli

7. “I think my biggest flaw […] is that I need a lot of reassurance, because my anxiety and past experiences have convinced me that you don’t actually want me and that you’ll just end up leaving like everyone else.” —Unknown

8. “I explained my hurt and still got hurt, so I learned to stop talking.” —Unknown

9. “I’ve come to find out that amazing relationships take hard work and vulnerability, it isn’t just sunshine and roses 24/7.” —Relationship Anxiety, You Love and You Learn Blog

10. “As someone who is dating what I think to be the best person in the world, finding myself having doubts about whether or not I am with the ‘right partner’ scares me.” Relationship Anxiety, You Love and You Learn Blog

11. “People with relationship anxiety may end their relationships out of fear, or they may endure the relationship but with great anxiety.” —Jessica Caporuscio, What is Relationship Anxiety?

12. “And if they don’t support you, or they do judge you, then they are the ones with the problem. Not you.” —Kelly Jean, Lying Because of Social Anxiety

13. “I desperately wanted to talk to someone about it, but I was too afraid to say something.” —Kelly Jean, Lying Because of Social Anxiety

Quotes about loving someone with anxiety

If you’re dating someone with anxiety, then knowing how best to support them on their bad days can feel challenging. The following quotes can help to educate and inspire you to better support your partner with anxiety.

1. “Sometimes just being there for someone and not saying anything can be the greatest gift you can give.” —Kelly Jean, 6 Simple Ways to Help Someone With Social Anxiety

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2. “When my girlfriend is about to have an anxiety attack and I pick up on it beforehand, I start singing to calm her down. Works every time.” —Unknown

3. “It can be confusing and heartbreaking to see the person you care about suffering in this way.” —Kelly Jean, 6 Simple Ways to Help Someone With Social Anxiety

4. “Anxiety doesn’t have to break your relationship or put a strain on it to the point where it’s hard to enjoy.” —Bisma Anwar, Dating Someone With Anxiety

5. “My relationship anxiety may feel uncomfortable, but it’s pushing me to grow and further strengthen my relationship. And for that, I am grateful.” Relationship Anxiety, You Love and You Learn Blog

6. “Dating someone with anxiety issues or an anxiety disorder can be challenging.” —Bisma Anwar, Dating Someone With Anxiety

7. “I just don’t wanna be separated from them.” —Kati Morton, What is Separation Anxiety? YouTube

8. “People with separation anxiety can feel too embarrassed to talk about their problem with others.” —Tracey Marks, 8 Signs You’re an Adult Suffering With Separation Anxiety, YouTube

9. “It’s time we all admit to our struggles – to outline the shaky places in our mind so we can hold each other’s hand when we’re near the edge.” —Trina Holden

10. “Being a good role model to the socially anxious person in your life will be very beneficial.” —Kelly Jean, 6 Simple Ways to Help Someone With Social Anxiety

11. “Instead of telling your loved one to do something social and getting frustrated when they can’t, try and bring more positive vibes to the table.” —Kelly Jean, 6 Simple Ways to Help Someone With Social Anxiety

12. “Your friends and family are your support network.” —Kelly Jean, How to Explain Social Anxiety

13. “Give your family and your friends a chance to be there for you and help you. That’s what they are there for, and I just know you would do the same for them!” —Kelly Jean, How to Explain Social Anxiety

14. “It’s okay if they don’t understand.” —Kelly Jean, How to Explain Social Anxiety

Calming quotes about anxiety

Learning how to feel calm when you feel like there’s a storm inside of you is difficult. But learning how to ride the waves of anxiety can be an important part of some people’s healing. The following quotes will help you to feel at ease on your stormy days.

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

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2. “Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.” —Unknown

3. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, it became a butterfly.” —Barbara Haines Howette

4. “I just give myself permission to suck… I find this hugely liberating.” —John Green

5. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

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

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

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

9. “Anxiety isn’t something that goes away; it’s something you learn to control.” —Unknown

10. “But with therapy and self-care, I’ve learned to enjoy the mundane things and to accept the moments where I don’t enjoy them at all.” —Carter Pierce, Through My Eyes, 2019

11. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

12. “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

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

14. “The way you speak to yourself matters.” —Unknown

15. “I literally have to remind myself all the time that being afraid of things going wrong isn’t the way to make things go right.” —Unknown

16. “Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” —George Addair

Sad anxiety quotes

If you’re suffering from social anxiety, or just anxiety in general, it can make you feel sad and helpless at times. The following quotes can help you to feel like you’re not alone in your struggle with anxiety.

1. “I’m terrified that even if I try my hardest, I still won’t be good enough.” —Unknown

2. “I grew up thinking that there was something wrong with me and that others were judging me negatively for existing. This mindset manifested itself into fear and social anxiety.” —Katy Morin, Medium

3. “Anxiety is when you care too much about everything. Depression is when you don’t really care about anything. Having both is just like hell.” —Unknown

4. “Every thought is a battle, every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.” —Unknown

5. “Just because I can’t explain the feelings causing my anxiety doesn’t make them less valid.’ —Unknown

6. “I wasn’t feeling fine, I was drowning in fear and low self-esteem.” —Kelly Jean, Lying Because of Social Anxiety

7. “We cut and kill flowers because we think they are beautiful. We cut and kill ourselves because we think we are not.” —Unknown

8. “I don’t think anyone could ever criticize me more severely than the way I viciously criticize myself.” —Unknown

9. “She was drowning but nobody saw her struggle.” —Unknown

10. “I am exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel.” —Unknown

11. “More than anything, I want us both to be happy, but I am afraid that will mean us being happy separately.” —Unknown

12. “I firmly believe that my worry is based in fantasy land… But I am still deathly afraid of losing the woman I love.” —Elizabeth Bernstein, When it Never Gets Easier to Say Goodbye

13. “Social anxiety has this twisted way of poisoning your mind, making you believe terrible things that aren’t true.” —Kelly Jean, Anxious Lass

14. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” —Albert Camus

Bible quotes for anxiety

The Bible has some beautiful passages about anxiety. Whether you’re a person of faith or not, they can be beautiful reminders on bad days. Here are 10 quotes about anxiety from the Bible.

1. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” —Psalm 94:19, New International Version

2. “Be still and know that I am God.” —Psalm 46:10, New International Version

3. “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” —Philippians 4:6, New International Version

4. “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” —Proverbs 12:25, New Living Translation

5. “Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:7, New International Version

6. “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” —2 Thessalonians 3:16, New International Version

7. “I leave the gift of peace with you – my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts – instead, be courageous!” —John 14:27, The Passion Translation

8. “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff – they protect me.” —Psalm 23:4, Common English Bible

9. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation delights my soul.” —Psalm 95:19, New International Version

10. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” —Matthew 11:28-30, English Standard Version

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Viktor is a Counselor specialized in interpersonal communication and relationships. He manages SocialSelf’s scientific review board. Follow on Twitter or read more.

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