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The world we live in is causing us to become more stressed and anxious than ever before. 

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue today and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime.

There are many natural ways to manage stress and anxiety:



Self care including creating boundaries, becoming aware of negative thought patterns and finding time to do what makes you happy

Ensuring you are eating the right foods to help to combat stress and anxiety

Getting enough sleep 

One of my favourite ways to shift the mindset, lift the soul and keep calm is to read positive, inspirational words.

In this article, I’ve hand-picked 100 anxiety quotes especially for their ability to soothe the mind and inspire the soul. 

I’ve chosen quotes that loosely fall into the the following categories: overcoming anxiety quotes,  practical advice for anxiety quotes, quotes to help with overthinking and worry, inspiration to help with anxiety quotes 

Overcoming anxiety quotes

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

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“This too shall pass.”

“Never be ashamed of a scar. It means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

“Until you’re broken you don’t know what you’re made of. It gives you the ability to build yourself all over again, but stronger than ever…” – Melissa Molomo

“It’s not always easy but it’s always worth it.” – Unknown

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” – Demi Lovato

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

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

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

“One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish.” – Haruki Murakami

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

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

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” – Oprah Winfrey

Anxiety quotes: practical advice

Sometimes it’s straight-talking advice that you need. I’ve complied a list of anxiety quotes below that give great advice for living in the moment, believing in yourself and moving forward.

“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already have.” – Unknown

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Unknown

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein

“No problem is permanent. No problem affects my entire life. This too shall pass if I continue to take massive, positive and constructive action.” – Tony Robbins

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  -Arthur Asha

“Limit your “always” and your “nevers.” – Amy Poehler

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“The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be.” – Unknown

“Good humour 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

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

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

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Never let life’s hardships disturb you … no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.” – Nichiren Daishonen

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

“The first step to getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are” – Chauncey Depew

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations” – Jean Paul Richter

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive” – Hafez

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

“You get what you give.” – Jennifer Lopez

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” – Pema Chodron

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“Do more of what makes you happy.”

“Your thoughts are incredibly powerful, choose yours wisely.” – Dr Joe Dispenza

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” – Maya Angelou

Overthinking and worrying quotes

One of the symptoms of anxiety is racing thoughts, overthinking and worrying. The following anxiety quotes have been chosen to help you question these thought pattern that go on inside your head.

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

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

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Olin Miller

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“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

“The universe doesn’t allow perfection.” – Stephen Hawking

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – The Dalai Lama

“Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.” – Ana Monnar

“I am reminded of the advice of my neighbour. ‘Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.’” – E. B. White


“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

“Don’t play the game before the first ball has even been kicked.” – A common refrain from husband, Ben Taylor

“Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don’t happen at all.” – Thomas Carlyle

“It ain’t no use putting up your umbrella till it rains!” – Alice Caldwell Rice

“To live by worry is to live against reality.” – E. Stanley Jones

“Worry in the dark can make it even darker.” – Camron Wright

“You’re worried about what-ifs. Well, what if you stopped worrying?” – Shannon Celebi

Inspirational quotes for people with anxiety

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Unknown

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dreams” – Lao Tzu

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

“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

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“Do just once what others say you cannot do and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” – Captain James Cook

“There is no medicine lie hope no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.” – Orison Swett Marden

“Let your past be your springboard, not your quicksand.” – Steve Maraboli

“Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away…” – Lord Byron

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul” – William Ernest Henley

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life” – William Morris

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see” – Henry David Thoreau

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go” – Carol Burnett

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does” – William James

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” – Zig Ziglar

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome” – William James

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

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“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Roy

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“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” – Lindsey Vonn

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” -Malala Yousafzai

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