21 thought-provoking quotes about anxiety


As human beings we struggle to deal with uncertainty because it makes us feel insecure. It’s important to recognise that one of the most fundamental human needs is the need to feel secure.

If we feel insecure we cannot relax because we are on ‘high alert’ all the time to guard against any perceived dangers or undesirable outcomes. This can seriously drain our energy and leave us feeling nervous and low.

Anxiety is a consequence of dealing with uncertainty. It’s the resulting stress on our central nervous system. It’s a deep sense of unease which sufferers experience in relation to something which for whatever reason really bothers them.

Feeling anxious in times of uncertainty is quite natural. Yet it can be difficult to cope with for the sufferer because in the extreme they can experience panic attacks, a heightened sense of nervousness and excessive unease.

These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. So it can be an altogether unpleasant experience for the sufferer and not one to be underestimated in terms of the impact it can have on the individual.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about anxiety to help readers better understand how the sufferer is affected.

Quotes about anxiety:

  1. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength. ~Charles Spurgeon
  2. 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
  3. There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issue, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or how to cope with relationships. Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore – for me. Just know that there is help and your life could be better if you go out and seek the help. ~Howie Mandel
  4. People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people. ~Deepika Padukone
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking. ~Wayne Dyer
  8. Everyone needs a reset button so you can start your day without anxiety. For some people, it’s running; for some, it’s going to the gym. For me, it’s meditation. ~Matt Bomer
  9. 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
  10. Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment. ~J. Donald Walters
  11. 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
  12. People who fail to use their emotional intelligence skills are more likely to turn to other, less effective means of managing their mood. They are twice as likely to experience anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. ~Travis Bradberry
  13. The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety and thus the source and prototype of the effect of anxiety. ~Sigmund Freud
  14. For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. ~Edvard Munch
  15. I was about to meet Beyonce and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous and said, ‘You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God.’ ~Adele
  16. You need to let go of your fear and anxiety of being judged by others. ~Gavin Newsom
  17. I think one thing is that anybody who’s had to contend with mental illness – whether it’s depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever – actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they’ve had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering. ~Kay Redfield Jamison
  18. 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
  19. Anxiety is a really crippling condition, and I suffer with it myself, and I feel for anyone who suffers from it. The way that I deal with it is try as much as possible to stay in the moment to not think about the past and not think about what’s coming up in the future: to try and just seize the moment as much as possible. ~James Arthur
  20. Unfortunately, I think depression and anxiety are really hard to live with. And what people don’t need is to feel bad about themselves because they decide to go on medication. ~Rene Russo
  21. This is an anxiety driven world – the whole world is driven by anxiety. It is anxiety about the aftermath of the global financial crisis; it’s anxiety about inequality and about computers replacing jobs. ~Robert J. Shiller

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