Top 15 Anxiety Quotes

Our top 15 anxiety quotes will help you turn anxious thoughts into productive thinking. Anxiety is a rather normal occurrence, as many people experience anxiety from time to time. Simple anxiety can even be the beginning of something productive for you, as it may prompt you to take action to make positive changes in your life.

From Psychology Today:

“Anxiety is a mental state of both distress and arousal set off by sensing uncertain danger. It encompasses both cognitive elements—feelings of worry or dread in anticipation of some future bad outcome—and physical sensations, such as jitteriness and a racing heart.”

“Although unpleasant, occasional bouts of anxiety are natural and sometimes even productive: By signaling that something isn’t quite right, anxiety can help people both avoid danger and make important and meaningful changes.”


 A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. — Joyce Meyer

Feeling anxious can be a result of unfounded fears. One of the ways to deal with anxious thoughts is to focus on doing, rather than dreading a possible less-than-perfect outcome.


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

Anxious feelings are born of anxious thinking. Staying in the now and focusing on what you are doing will help avoid feeling anxious.

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

We may suffer from anxious thoughts when we imagine various dreadful scenarios, rather than keeping action and purpose as our focal point.


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 Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. — Walter Anderson

Doing instead of thinking about doing will lessen the tendency to worry and envision disastrous outcomes.


‎ The way you tell your story to yourself matters. — Amy Cuddy

If you have a negative attitude, rather than a positive one, you’re more likely to tell yourself that negative outcomes are ahead.


 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

Even if we expect failure, that doesn’t mean we ought to dread falling short on a project or task. Failure is a pathway to success, in most cases, and not a dreadful disaster.


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 You don’t drown by falling into water. You only drown if you stay there. — Zig Ziglar

If you often find yourself anxious, learn how to step away from the thoughts and feelings, rather than staying stuck in the thinking that got you there in the first place.


 Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. — Norman Vincent Peale

At times, simple clarity on the issue presenting itself will disarm the anxious feelings that come with it.

 No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past. — Karen Salmansohn

Experiencing anxiety over a situation is unlikely to improve the outcome of a worrisome task or situation. Consider it a call to action to clear your head and positively focus on what you find troubling.


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 Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. — Benjamin Franklin

Habitual negative thinking about your capabilities to perform adequately will hinder you, not empower you to do better. If you do have trouble, deal with it as it arises.


 The universe doesn’t allow perfection. — Stephen Hawking

Striving for perfection may be the source of your most anxious thoughts. You can only do as best you can given a good attitude, preparation, practice, and by focusing positively on your performance.


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

Dreadful concerns about the future will more likely hinder you in the present, rather than make the future more perfect.


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

As you empower yourself with more rational thinking, You’re less likely to battle with your thoughts and feelings.


 I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our worries become our fears, and our fears become our limiting beliefs. Once we limit ourselves with this process, we have defined a limited future for ourselves.


 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

Some moments of anxious thinking are very normal, as stated at the beginning. When it becomes part of our daily habits in thinking is when we’re no longer thinking in our best interest.


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