Top 10 Overcoming Anxiety Quotes

10 simple gems that can help you get through the roughest of days dealing with anxiety.

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Overcoming anxiety takes more than just reading a few simple quotes – and yet, when you have these simple gems on hand, they may help you get through the roughest of days dealing with anxiety.

  1. One of my favorite overcoming anxiety quotes is from one of my favorite fiction writers, Jodi Picoult, from her book “Sing You Home: ‘Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.’”
  2. Walter Anderson shares a similar quote about anxiety and action: “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
  3. Next up is from Danielle LaPorte: “P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.” (I have, and have survived – how about you?
  4. Brene Brown, another one of my favorite authors, shares: “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” (I’ll take authenticity, how about you?)
  5. Beloved Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh shares: “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
  6. Similarly, George Bernard Shaw shared: “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
  7. New York Times Bestselling author Daniel Goleman, Ph,D shares: “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.”
  8. I have always loved this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, who kept it real: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” (How many times have I found myself worrying about what someone thought of me?!)
  9. Oftentimes, we feel like we have no control when it comes to overcoming anxiety. The late Wayne Dyer said: “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
  10. And finally, another quote about anxiety and action from Dorothy Neddermyer: “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

I encourage you to print this out or bookmark it and come back to it again and again. The first step to overcoming anxiety is to recognize it; and having these quotes on hand could help you make the simple shift that can create lasting changes!

CLICK HERE to get 5 Easy Ways to Calm Anxiety from my book, “Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Freedom.”

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