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These 21 anxiety quotes will help you calm your spirit and regain control. Seeking help and talking about anxiety is the first step towards recovery.

Have you ever felt like something wrong is about to happen, even though everything seems fine and you have no actual real reasons to worry? A pressure on your chest that makes it hard to breathe and you can’t get rid of it? According to epidemiological surveys, one third of the population is affected by anxiety during their lifetime.

The experts at APA define anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure”. Of course, feeling some anxiety surrounding certain life events is absolutely normal. However, if your worries won’t go away and they keep you from enjoying your life, it might be a cause for concern.

People who haven’t experienced anxiety can’t understand how being against your own mind feels like and sometimes by trying to help, they can drag you down even more.

Only you have the power to overcome your anxiety, and to seek professional treatment.

Feeing anxious now? Take a deep breath, listen to your thoughts, try to figure them out, then take things one day at a time.

These 21 anxiety quotes will help you calm your spirit:

Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.

– Robert Tew

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

— Pema Chodron

Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Thich Nhat Hanh 

Thich Nhat Hanh quote

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.

— Walter Anderson

Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.

— Dan Millman

Good humor 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

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

Benjamin Franklin

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.

– Karen Salmansohn

No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here.

— John G. Whittier

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

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

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

— Amit Ray

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

Who’s not sat tense before his own heart’s curtain.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

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

— Nichiren Daishonen

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.

— Steve Maraboli

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.

— Charlie Chaplin


The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

— William James

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell