40 Quotes That Describe What Anxiety Really Feels Like + How To Cope With & Overcome Your Anxiety For Good

40 Anxiety Quotes That Describe What Anxiety Disorder Feels Like, How To Cope With Panic Attacks & How To Overcome Your Anxiety Triggers
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Everyone has anxiety and some people have mastered how to cope and overcome it. Here's how.

Anxiety makes life interesting… sort of. It brings doubt to the forefront of your mind, constantly. You second guess yourself all of the time and the stress and panic attacks can tear you down, make you depressed and leave you feeling vulnerable. 

If you have an anxiety disorder or deal with generalized anxiety and stress during parts of your life, the symptoms can keep you up at night, cause mood swings and make you act irrationally.

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One of the biggest stressors that fuels anxiety is trying to satisfy others and make everyone else happy. When this happens, you make yourself unnecessarily stressed and miserable, and you don't spend your time living the life you want and deserve. You may feel broken, scared, unhappy and that you aren’t going anywhere.

On one hand, it is okay to take into consideration other people’s opinions, but don’t let others take control of your life. You need to make decisions for yourself and don’t let others scare you from being who want to be or do what you want to do.

Everyone has bad days where your anxiety wants you to stay in bed and not do anything, but it is important to get up and get going anyway.

Remember, almost everyone faces anxiety at some point in their life. You are not alone.

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Here are 20 quotes about anxiety that remind you that you are not experiencing this alone:

1. Wanting control over every little aspect of your life will cause you to stress more than if you let life run it’s course.

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

2. Anxiety can keep you from living your life.

“It’s sad actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.” —HealthyPlace.com

3. It’s easier to hide anxiety and let people think the worst of you than to let others in to see you falling apart.

“My anxiety is silent. You wouldn’t even notice a change on the outside, but I’m honestly so stressed I can’t even manage simple tasks. People call me lazy when in reality I’m just overwhelmed.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Why is it so easy to let fear about fear cause anxiety?

“Anxiety is practicing failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.” —Seth Godin

5. Anxiety drains everything out of you.

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” —Somers Roche

6. Living your life for others doesn’t make you happy. It makes you miserable.

“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” —Paulo Coelho

7. People who have anxiety are full of jumbled emotions.

“She was brave and strong and broken all at once.” —Anna Funder

8. Anxiety can tear you down.

“Anxiety is a lot like a toddler. It never stops talking, tells you you’re wrong about everything, and wakes you up at 3am.”www.tonihammer.com

9. Staying stuck on something keeps you from moving forward in life.

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” —English Proverb

10. Even though anxiety tells you to give up, your courage will push you to try and try again.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” —Mary Anne Radmacher

11. Who said anxiety has to be rational?

“I get nervous about everything. Sometimes I literally don’t know why I’m anxious. I just am and no-one seems to understand that.” —HealthyPlace.com

12. Sometimes it’s easier to give up, but if you give into your discouragement, you let your anxiety win.

“You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.” —Unknown

13. Sometimes you are afraid of yourself.

“I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.” —Dr. Ried/Criminal Minds

14. Keeping up a facade when you feel yourself cracking is very difficult.

“The worst feeling in the world is trying to hold back a panic attack in public.” —Unknown

15. Don’t push yourself to get everything done in one go.

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

16. People who have anxiety want to feel normal more than anything else.

“Social anxiety isn’t a choice. I wish people knew how badly I wish I could be like everybody else, and how hard it is to be affected by something that can bring me to my knees, every single day.” —HealthyPlace.com

17. When you are dealing with anxiety, you are full of contradictory emotions.

“Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends, but hate socializing. It’s wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.” —HealthyPlace.com

18. Anxiety is one emotion that can make you feel horrible instantly.

“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” —Seneca

19. When you have too much on your plate, you become overwhelmed.

“Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us.”  —Marcus Buckingham

20. Anxiety does nothing but wear you down.

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” —Charles Spurgeon

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It is important to keep yourself going, even when your stress and anxiety make it feel like you are drowning. Try to lean on others for support through some of your darkest days. Learn techniques on how to best cope with your anxiety. Find what works best for you.

It can be difficult for the people closest to you to understand what you are going through since everyone deals with their own anxieties in different ways. You may be stuck, whether it be in bed or having a hard time moving forward in what you need to do, but it doesn’t mean you are a failure.

If you aren’t okay, that's okay. All you need to do is keep trying. You are strong and will learn what’s best for you. Remember to put your mental health first before anything else. Everything else can wait.

Here are 10 inspirational quotes describing how to cope with your anxiety:

1. You need to lean on other people for help.

“S.T.R.E.S.S. = Someone Trying to Repair Every Situation Solo.” —DaveWillis.org

2. Anxiety is a mental illness, you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are.

“It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s ok to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s ok to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.” —HealthyPlace.com

3. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Put your mental health before anything else, because without a solid mental state, everything else becomes pointless.

“Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the soccer game, the recital, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself.” —@nakedwithanxiety

5. There isn’t a way to change the past and there is no way to predict the future. So, just relax.

“No amount of regret can change the past. No amount of anxiety can change the future.” —notsalmon.com

6. You have to be strong to get up and keep going every day while being bogged down by anxiety.

“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

7. Laugh it out and humor will get you through some of your worst times.

“Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.” —Will Durst

8. You cannot stop your anxiety, but you can learn techniques to lessen it.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

9. You have been shaped by your experiences.

“You are more than the mistakes you’ve made. You are the wisdom, love, strength and compassion you’ve gained from all you’ve been through.” —Karen Salmansohn

10. Humor keeps your anxiety at bay.

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” —Charlie Chaplin

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You may be wondering if you will ever overcome your anxiety. Remember, you won’t be able to get rid of your anxiety completely, but you can learn to let go of some of it. You have to do what’s best for you.

Here are 10 quotes that will inspire you to let go of some of your stress and learn how to overcome your anxiety:

1. When you let go of whatever is bothering you, you will be able to grow into who you are.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I want to be.” —Lao Tzu

2. You learn from the mistakes you make.

Don’t spend too much time worrying about your mistakes. Mistakes become experience.” —iliketoquote.com

3. If it was easy to overcome mental illness, everyone would do it.

“You cannot recover from anxiety by just staying calm. You cannot recover from depression by just being positive. You cannot recover from anorexia nervosa by just eating more. If mental illnesses were that simple we wouldn’t be struggling in the first place.” —HealthyPlace.com

4. Don’t underestimate people who have survived so much.

“She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.” —E. Corona

5. Sometimes it is better to attack one reason for anxiety at a time.

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

6. You have to want happiness more than anything for you to overcome what’s holding you back.

“I have decided to be happy because it’s good for my health.” —Voltaire

7. It’s a great feeling when you have done something you didn’t think you could.

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” —picturequotes.com

8. You can use your faults for your own benefit.

“Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage.” —Celestine Chua

9. When you overcome something you never thought was possible, you will be able to go places you never imagined.

“Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you places you never thought you’d get to.” —Morgan Harper Nichols

10. When you take time to breathe or focus on yourself. You remind yourself that it isn’t the end of the world and you can do it.

“There are two ways to get rid of an anxiety monster, my friend-you either have a bath or a nap.” —Andrew Kaufman

Hopefully, you can find the best way for you to cope with your anxiety and remember, you are not alone. 

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