Anxiety! We have all experienced anxiety at certain times. You feel like you are stuck in a endless circle of fear and worry, unable to escape the heavy burden life throws at you. But you don’t have to surrender to it. There are several ways to fight back most important of them are positive thinking and self-care.

Positive thinking can help you learn how to cope with anxiety and find peace within yourself. To help inspire your journey towards mental wellbeing, I have compiled a list of 40 important quotes about anxiety. 

These quotes will provide comfort for anyone struggling with mental health issues related to their anxious thoughts, and will motivate them to take control over their lives once more. Read through these uplifting words and start taking charge of your anxiety!

1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs

2. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” —Hans Selye

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

4. “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”― Søren Kierkegaard 

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

6. “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

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

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

9. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green

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

11. “Breathe darling. This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” – S.C. Lourie

12. “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

13. “There are these moments you think you won’t survive. And then you survive.” — David Levithan

14. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” — Wayne Dyer

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

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

17. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

18. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” — Robert Frost

19. “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

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

21. “We’re all spending way too much of our time and energy trying to fight the stuff we can’t change.” — Gayle King

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

23. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” — Marcus Aurelius

24. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

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

26. “Anxiety is something that is part of me but it’s not who I am.” – Emma Stone

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

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

29. “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.

30. “This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.” — Glennon Doyle

31. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle

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

33. “Worrying about outcomes over which I have no control is punishing myself before the universe has decided whether I ought to be punished.” — Sherry Thomas

34. “The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor — they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game, and life is totally worth it.” – Sarah Silverman

35. “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” – Bill Clinton

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

37. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” —Eckhart Tolle

38. “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” —Sylvia Plath

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

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