100+ Anxiety Quotes to Help You Feel Calmer

Rachel Sharpe
Rachel Sharpe

When you’re feeling anxious, worried, or scared about the future, anxiety quotes can help you feel like someone out there understands you and what you’re going through. As a long-time anxious person, I’ve compiled some of the best anxiety quotes to help you feel calmer on tough days but also to feel heard and understood. Here are 100+ anxiety quotes to read now:

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100+ Anxiety Quotes to Help You Feel Calmer

Anxiety Quotes

  1. “Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It sometimes gets loud in my head.” – Unknown
  2. “It’s perfectly okay to admit you’re not okay.” – Unknown
  3. “Breathe darling. This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” – S.C. Lourie
  4. “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
  5. “If you feel like you’re losing everything, remember trees lose their leaves every year and they stand tall and wait for better days to come.” – Unknown
  6. “She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” – E. Corona
  7. “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
  8. “Stop beating yourself up for not being perfect. You were never designed to be anyway.” – Unknown
  9. Sometimes the sun hides behind the clouds, but the sun will come out shining again
  10. “Worrying is like walking around with an umbrella waiting for the rain.” – Unknown
A man hiking during sunset

Quotes About Anxiety

  1. “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.” – Unknown
  2. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” – Unknown
  3. “Stop letting people who do so little for you, control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.” – Unknown
  4. “The best use of creativity is imagination. The worst use of creativity is anxiety.”  – Deepak Chopra
  5. “Stress is self-created, I decided to stop manufacturing it. We can choose an internal calm and joy even amid the chaos.” – Brendon Burchard
  6. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kahlil Gibran
  7. “You are bigger than what it making you anxious.” – Unknown
  8. “Until I am ready, let me be. I have to heal myself.” – Unknown
  9. “Your mountain may be harder to climb, but oh the view is divine.” – Jennae Cecelia
  10. “It’s okay to not be okay. Just don’t give up.” – Unknown

Depression and Anxiety Quotes

  1. “I like my music so loud I can’t hear my thoughts.” – Unknown
  2. “She was brave and strong and broken all at once.” – Anna Funder
  3. “She’s hurt mentally and emotionally. But everyday, she walks with a smile. ‘Cause that’s who she is: the girl who never stopped smiling.” – Unknown
  4. “Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma based response and fear-based distraction you’d be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.” – Tutu Mora
  5. “I’m not lazy. I’m just exhausted from fighting my way through every single day.” – Mimi Love
  6. “Stop telling people no one will love them until they love themselves. Stop planting the idea in people’s brains that they are unworthy of love because of their own struggle.” – @jackalltimelow
  7. “At the end of the day, tell yourself gently: ‘I love you, you did the best you could today, and even if you didn’t accomplish all you planned. I love you anyway.” – Unknown
  8. “Somewhere, there is a past you overflowing with so much pride looking at how far you’ve come.” – Unknown
  9. “Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough.” – Buddhist Proverb
  10. “All I want is a clear mind and a happy heart.” – Dipti Bhoyar
Friends sitting and contemplating a few quotes on anxiety

Social Anxiety Quotes

  1. “I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”— Augusten Burroughs
  2. “I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.”— Daphne du Maurier
  3. “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
  4. Social anxiety results from being around people who are resolutely opposed to who you are.” – Stefan Molyneux
  5. “The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all.” – Mignon McLaughlin
  6. “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
  7. “I have social anxiety. It’s easier up on stage because there’s security in being there. When I’m off stage I’m trying not to be a manic freak. I’m quite shy.” – Sia Furler
  8. “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ” – Ann Brashares
  9. “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” – Lugwig Wittgenstein
  10. “You are not weak. People like us, we’re brave. We’re the ones who get up and face our worst fears every day. We keep fighting.” – Jen Wilde

Overcoming Anxiety Quotes

  1. “If it’s not going to matter in five years, don’t spend five minutes being upset about it.” – Unknown
  2. “You can’t calm the storm. So stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye
  3. “Breathe. You’re going to be okay. You’ve gotten through so many things in your life. You’ve got this.” – Karen Salmansohn
  4. “Flowers grow back even after the harshest winters. You will too.” – Jennae Cecilia
  5. “Fear thrives in a place of inaction. Overcome your anxiety by taking one small step forward.” – Sarah Boyd
  6. “You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to let them stop controlling you.” – Dan Millman
  7. “I know you’re sad, so I won’t tell you to have a good day. Instead, I advise you to have a day. Stay alive, feed yourself well, wear comfortable clothes, and don’t give up on yourself just yet. It’ll get better. Until then, have a day.” – Unknown
  8. “Anxiety I will transform you into something useful and productive. I will not bow down to you.” – Jaeda Dewalt
  9. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” – Rick Warren
A beautiful mountain range vista

Quotes for Anxiety

  1. “Smile, breathe, go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. “Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” – Robert Tew
  3. “It’s so empowering to say “this isn’t serving me’ and walk away in peace.” – Unknown
  4. “Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.” – Tenzin Gyatso
  5. “Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.” – Unknown
  6. You are going to overcome what you’re currently struggling with. Be patient. You’re going to be okay.
  7. “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” – Robert J. Sawyer
  8. “For me, a calm house, equals a calm heart, equals a calm life.” – Erica Layne
  9. “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
  10. “The secret to living well is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” – Tibetan Proverb

Positive Anxiety Quotes

  1. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale
  2. “Your anxiety is lying to you. You are loved and are going to be okay.” – Unknown
  3. “You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.” – Olivia Benson
  4. “Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” – Dalai Lama
  5. “Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible, that’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.” – C. Assaad
  6. “Today I will not stress over the things I can’t control.” – Unknown
  7. “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – Unknown
  8. “Feel the feeling but don’t become the emotion. Witness it. Allow it. Release it.” – Crystal Andrus
  9. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis
  10. “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha
A man starting his hiking journey while thinking about an anxiety quote

Anxiety Attack Quotes

  1. “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 each day.” – Unknown
  2. “Living with anxiety, turning up and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most will never know.” – Unknown
  3. This is only temporary. You’ll get through this too.
  4. “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
  5. You are so much stronger than your anxiety. 
  6. You’re not going to die. I know that heart of yours is pounding hard and fast. You’ll get through this. Now take a deep breath in… hold it…. Release.
  7. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown
  8. “Remember: There is nothing wrong with having an anxiety attack. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or broken or flawed.” – Unknown
  9. “The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.” – Joel Osteen
  10. “It’s disrepectful, in my opinion, when people talk about anxiety attacks as if they’re just a slight hiccup.” – Unknown

Quotes About Stress and Anxiety

  1. “It’s not stress that kills us. It’s our reaction to it.” – Hans Seyle
  2. “Stress is the alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something not true for you.” – Byron Katie
  3. “Stop thinking about everything so much, you’re breaking your own heart.” – Unknown
  4. “A year from now everything your stressing about won’t mean a thing.” – Nitya Prakash
  5. “Some day everything will make sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” – Unknown
  6. “You cannot heal in the same environment where you got sick.” – Unknown
  7. “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. And it will be okay because I won’t quit.” – Shayne Mcclendon
  8. “I lied and said I was busy. I was busy but not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay. Sometimes this is my busy and I will not apologize for it.” – B. Oakman
  9. “Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” – Unknown
  10. “Spend time with people who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you.” – Unknown
Women sitting and looking over a vista, almost as if contemplating a quote about anxiety

Funny Anxiety Quotes

  1. “I have two moods: constant panic and worry about every little detail and YOLO” – Unknown
  2. “Life would be a million times better if there were pinatas strategically placed throughout the day.” – Unknown
  3. “Me: What could possibly go wrong? Anxiety: I’m glad you asked.” –Unknown
  4. “If anxiety burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.” – Unknown
  5. “I stress about stress before there’s even stress to stress about. Then I stress about stressing over stress that doesn’t need to be stressed about. It’s stressful.” – Unknown
  6. “The chill pill I took this morning seems to be a placebo.”
  7. “Everyone thinks I’m overdramatic when I’m stressed. When an octopus is stressed, it eats itself. Now that’s overdramatic.” – Unknown
  8. “Let’s just say my anxieties, have anxieties.” – Unknown
  9. “I came. I saw. I had anxiety… so I left.” – Unknown
  10. “I’m somewhere between giving up and seeing how much more I can take.” – Unknown

Inspirational Quotes for Anxiety

  1. “When thinking about the future, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future.” – Unknown
  2. I deserve a break from my own thoughts.
  3. “People cry not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong too long.” – Johnny Depp
  4. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennet
  5. “Don’t forget that you’re human. It’s okay if you have a meltdown. Just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out. Then refocus on where your headed.” – Unknown
  6. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
  7. The most dangerous place in the world is often within your own mind. So don’t be afraid to step outside of it to find your peace.
  8. “I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull your own self out of a dark place mentally. If you did that today or any other day, I’m proud of you.” – Horacio Jones
  9. “What if… everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for?” 
  10. “Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” – Renee Jain

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