110 Anxiety Quotes to Calm Your Mind & Thoughts

Whenever you feel like your restless thoughts are consuming you, read these anxiety quotes that we’ve rounded up for you!

Anxiety is a normal and often beneficial emotion.

However, when a person experiences excessive anxiety levels regularly, it may develop into a medical disorder. 

To help you cope with this feeling, we’ve compiled some helpful and wise quotes about anxiety.

Anxiety Quotes to Calm Your Mind

We hope that these quotes can serve as a wake-up call for you to remember to prioritize your mental health over everything else.

Let’s get started.

And don’t forget to check out these confidence quotes and positive quotes.

Best Anxiety Quotes

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

2. “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

3. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kahlil Gibran

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. “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

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

7. “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Søren Kierkegaard

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

9. “Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.” – T. S. Eliot

10. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” – Walter Anderson

Inspirational Quotes for Anxiety Sufferers

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

13. “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

14. “The more honest you are, the more open, the less fear you will have because there’s no anxiety about being exposed or revealed to others.” – Dalai Lama

15. “Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” – Renee Jain

16. “You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman

17. “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” – Henry Ward Beecher

18. “We all have anxiety about things. We all have little insecurities, but eventually, you have to face your fears if you want to be successful, and everybody has some fear of failure.” – Nick Saban

19. “Anxiety is a brain game. If you don’t allow an anxious feeling to begin, you don’t need to get rid of it.” – Anonymous

20. “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

21. “Like two swords can’t remain in the same sheath; mindfulness and anxiety also can’t remain in the same person. Live in the present moment.” – Anonymous

22. “When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm is a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of a lark.” – Oscar Hammerstein II

23. “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

24. “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.” – Bryant McGill

25. “All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.” – Rumi

Also read: Inspirational Quotes, Famous Quotes

Living With Anxiety Quotes

26. “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.” – Anonymous

27. “Anxiety isn’t weakness. Living with anxiety, turning up and doing things with anxiety, takes a strength most will never know.” – Anonymous

28. “My anxiety is silent. You wouldn’t even notice a change on the outside, but I’m honestly so stressed I can’t even manage simple tasks. People call me lazy when in reality I’m just overwhelmed.” – Anonymous

29. “I’m a lonely person at heart, I need people, but my social anxiety prevents me from being happy.” – Anonymous

30. “It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.” – Amanda Seyfried

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

32. “I’m telling you, anxiety is always feeling like something is out of place, and when you can’t find what it is—you start to think it’s you.” – Rachel H.

33. “Anxiety is not being able to sleep because you said something wrong two years ago and can’t stop thinking about it.” – Anonymous

34. “Anxiety makes you sit there and overthink every single thing. At times it makes you think people in your life are leaving you. You begin to feel abandoned, and not worth anything because the most important people in your life don’t want you.” – Anonymous

35. “Anxiety is the most silently painful experience. It makes no sense and you sit alone and suffer for an unknown reason. You can’t explain it. You can’t stop it, it is horrible.” – Anonymous

Also read: Health Quotes, Mental Health Quotes

Quotes About Depression and Anxiety

36. “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

37. “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

38. “It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.” – Prince Harry

39. “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

40. “Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends, but hate socializing. It’s wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.” – Anonymous

41. “Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” – Brené Brown

Also read: Depression Quotes, Fear Quotes

Interesting Quotes About Stress and Anxiety

42. “Each moment of worry, anxiety or stress represents lack of faith in miracles, for they never cease.” – T.F. Hodge

43. “Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others or even ourselves as worthy of love.” – Prem Prakash

44. “Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Stress can result in anxiety if handled poorly, or achievement if handled well. Instead of thinking about your worries as problems, think of them as challenges―and if possible, as opportunities.” – Chelsea Erieau

46. “The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it.” – Wayne Dyer

47. “In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse either in fantasies of the future or in modified visions of a half-imagined past.” – Alan Moore

Also read: Anger Quotes, Stress Quotes

Uplifting Quotes to Help You Deal With Anxiety

48. “Mantra for anxiety: this is not you. This is something moving through you. It can leave out of the same door it came in.” – James Clear

49. “Your anxiety is lying to you. You are loved and are going to be okay.” – Anonymous

50. “Remember: there is nothing wrong with having an anxiety attack. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or broken or flawed.” – Anonymous

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

52. “Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” – Astrid Alauda

53. “With faith there is no anxiety and no doubt―just absolute confidence in yourself.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

54. “You are more than the mistakes you’ve made. You are the wisdom, love, strength, and compassion you’ve gained from all you’ve been through.” – Karen Salmansohn

55. “I will breathe. I will think of a solution. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let stress break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I don’t quit.” – Anonymous

56. “I am safe right now. This will fade away. I am not in danger. I am getting enough air. I am starting to relax. I feel calmer. I am going to be okay.” – Anonymous

Anxiety Quotes That Everyone Can Agree On

57. “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.” – Anonymous

58. “Anxiety can feel as huge as the big, blue sea, but remember that the sea is made up of smaller waves.” – Anonymous

59. “Anxiety is one little tree in your forest. Step back and look at the whole forest.” – Anonymous

60. “Anxiety is terrible, you could be having an attack and no one would even know, because it’s an inward thing. It feels like you’re malfunctioning and you can’t process your own thoughts. You get a knot in your stomach and you can’t take a full breath, but outwardly you can literally just sit there and look completely normal, as long as no one tries to speak to you.” – Anonymous

61. “If you feel anxious about an event before it happens, you’ll put yourself through the same mental state twice instead of just once.” – Anonymous

62. “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

63. “The minute you let anxiety flow freely is the minute you stop fearing it.” – Anonymous

64. “I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.” – Anonymous

65. “Anxiety is having to remind myself that being afraid of things going wrong isn’t the way to make things go right.” – Anonymous

66. “I think that fear comes about when there’s things in the world that we want to change, things we’re scared or angry about, and we can’t change them, and so we become fearful; we develop anxiety.” – Michael Franti

67. “Confession: sometimes I get anxious because I don’t feel anxious. Which means I forgot what I was supposed to feel anxious about in the first place and that gives me anxiety.” – Anonymous

68. “Anxiety is practicing failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.” – Seth Godin

69. “Even when things are wonderful. I’m always waiting for something horrible to happen.” – Anonymous

70. “Our whole life is taken up with anxiety for personal security, with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all.” – Leo Tolstoy

Anxiety Quotes Filled With Humor

71. “One way to handle social anxiety is to pretend you are a ghost and people are staring at you because they have a gift they never asked for.” – Aparna Nancherla

72. “I don’t struggle with anxiety. I’m actually pretty good at it.” – Anonymous

73. “Anxiety is a lot like a toddler. It never stops talking, tells you you’re wrong about everything, and wakes you up at three A.M.” – Anonymous

74. “There are two ways to get rid of an anxiety monster, my friend—you either have a bath or a nap.” – Andrew Kaufman

75. “The only way I can describe the extent of my anxiety is to say that I felt as if I were pregnant with a rock.” – Anonymous

76. “If anxiety burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.” – Anonymous

77. “I came. I saw. I had anxiety—so I left.” – Anonymous

Anxiety Quotes That’ll Make You Think

78. “What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?” – Thomas á Kempis

79. “When you overcome the obstacles, always look back and analyze—did that problem really worth that amount of anxiety?” – Anonymous

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

81. “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop

82. “Chronic anxiety is a state more undesirable than any other, and we will try almost any maneuver to eliminate it. Modern man is living in anxious anticipation of destruction. Such anxiety can be easily eliminated by self-destruction. As a German saying puts it, ‘Better an end with terror than a terror without end.’” – Anonymous

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

84. “No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” – Karen Salmansohn

85. “The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” – Seneca

86. “Anything you’re trying to will is focused on the future; it’s always associated with some sort of anxiety that makes the present moment somewhat uncomfortable.” – Martha Beck

87. “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

88. “Anxiety has nothing to do with courage or character. Nothing at all.” – Anonymous

89. “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

90. “Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for its consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumor.” – Patrick Ness

91. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” – Alain de Botton

92. “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self—and to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Anxiety Quotes From the Bible

93. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

94. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow.” – Matthew 6:34

95. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” – Psalm 94:19

96. “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25

97. “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” – Matthew 6:27 

More Quotes for People With Anxiety

98. “People with anxiety don’t have a train of thought. We have seven trains on four tracks that narrowly avoid each other when paths cross, and all the conductors are screaming.” – Anonymous

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

100. “I get nervous about everything. Sometimes I literally don’t know why I’m anxious. I just am and no one seems to understand that.” – Anonymous

101. “Every day is a struggle even when I’m at my best. My anxiety is always with me and my panic taps me on my shoulder a few times a day. On my good days, I can brush it off. On my bad days, I just want to stay in bed.” – Anonymous

102. “There’s just so much going on in my mind, sometimes I can’t keep up with what’s going on around me.” – Anonymous

103. “For me, it’s always a failure of the imagination. I have that anxiety that time is passing, that everything is ultimately fleeting and impermanent. I better take advantage of every single moment.” – Jason Silva

104. “I say ‘sorry’ a lot, mostly because I feel everything is my fault.” – Anonymous

105. “I’m terrified that even if I try my hardest, I still won’t be good enough.” – Anonymous

106. “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

107. “Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to step back from everything that is making you feel anxious.” – Jade Marie

108. “Fear thrives in a place of inaction. Overcome your anxiety by taking one small step forward.” – Sarah Boyd

109. “Most people don’t realize the strength it takes to pull yourself out of an anxiety attack. So if you’ve ever done that, I’m proud of you.” – Anonymous

110. “You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things even though they scare you or make you anxious. And you are amazing for trying and holding on no matter how hard life gets.” – Anonymous

How Did You Deal With Your Anxieties?

Most people experience nervousness or stress at some point in their lives. But, that restless feeling never truly goes away when you live with anxiety. It’s a state of mind where you don’t know what to do, and your fears consume your thoughts.

In some cases, anxiety can have a negative impact on your life and interfere with daily activities such as school, work, and relationships. It can also lead to other health problems. Anxious people, for example, may suffer from insomnia, chronic pain, or digestive issues.

It is essential that we take care of ourselves and release all of the stressors in our lives. We may not control what others think of us, but we should respond positively with our heads held high! 

Did we miss any other good quotes about anxiety? How did the quotes in this collection help you out? Join the discussion below.