15 Quotes to Calm Your Anxiety When Stressed Out
These 15 anxiety quotes are meant to encourage you and help calm that feeling of overwhelm when anxious or feeling like life is out of control. Understanding how your mind works and how you talk to yourself when stressed out is key to reducing Anxiety in your life.
We all have that humble inner voice that tells us what we should be doing with our lives and who we ultimately want to be. Unfortunately, many women push this inner voice aside and instead listen to the one that says things like, “You can’t do this”, “How am I going to make money from this?”, “What will people think of me?” “I feel like a fraud,” “This is too difficult”, and “What if I fail?”.
That critical voice is like a neon yellow highlighter finding all the negatives. Its presence can be painful, limiting, and paralyzing. What you may not know is it is often connected to anxiety or depression and fuels destructive habits shortchanging your progress, and the progress of the other 40 million adults in the United States alone that are diagnosed with Anxiety or Depression (and that’s just those who know).
The Thought, Attitude & Action Connection
Anxiety is pretty common, and a hallmark trait is the fear-based worry thoughts that hold women hostage creating doubt, imposter syndrome, and not much action. See your thoughts, attitude and actions are strongly related, and you can take a look at an example of that here. Negative self-talk triggers emotions like worry, anger, or sadness, kicking up a negative or defeated attitude, which then causes you to engage in self sabotaging behaviors with things like procrastination or avoidance. Sounds familiar?
Learning to correct negative thinking patterns and your response starts with understanding the source of these unhelpful stories running around in your mind and beginning to seize control of your inner mean girl. If you want to take a closer look at what this means for you, download the free inner critic workbook to help you calm your inner critic.
I’m curious, what would you be doing if you didn’t second guess yourself? Or talk yourself out of amazing opportunities? Share those thoughts in the comments below.
Retraining Your Brain
As you ponder the impact of your inner mean girl, please note the good news- changes made to your brain by negative thought processes are reversible. While we use strategies based on cognitive behavior therapy to do this with clients, you can start to do some of this work yourself simply by introducing more positive comments to your life. The research has found the more you engage in positive thought work, the more it stimulates the front of your brain or the pre-frontal cortex- positive self-talk is like a workout for your mind.
And real talk, reading something positive is just uplifting and is a powerful way to help you feel calm and in control when stress or Anxiety threatens to overwhelm you.
Navigating anxiety, stress and overwhelm in the moment is critical. Here are a few ways some of our clients do that:
- Embrace mindfulness or regular meditation practice (try apps like stop, breathe, think or calm.com)
- Schedule breaks within the day
- Brain dump to-do lists and work on the top 3 items at a time instead of being overwhelmed by EVERYTHING on the list
- Eat junk free snacks throughout the day to support a consistent mood
- Learn to say “no” and assert boundaries with significant others
Embracing the positive
Using affirmations, mantras, the above approaches, and working with a therapist or a business mindset coach may be the missing element to fighting against your mind and consistently showing up for your self and your business. As you continue to work on yourself, here are a few positve quotes to get some perspective on your Anxiety and soothe your soul!
Quotes to Navigate Anxiety and Lift Your Spirits
This one is one of my favorites from the Inner Critic Workbook for Ambitious Women:
1. “Thoughts are not facts or realities. They do not define you” ~Amanda Fludd
2. “I give myself permission to suck…I find this hugely liberating” -John Green
3. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
4. Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming. – Robert Tew
5. Smile, breathe, and go slowly. — Thich Nhat Hanh
6.”You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ~Oprah
And another from the Queen herself:
7. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” – Oprah Winfrey
8. “You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps
- “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will.” —Venus Williams
10. “The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you.”
11. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”
– Dan Millman
12. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. Isiah 41:10
13. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy Bennett
14. “It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale
15. “The way you tell your story to yourself matters.” – Amy Cuddy
That said, continue to challenge that inner critic and the mean girl stories it tries to tell you. It’s most likely not true, and you are more powerful than your mind will have you to believe.
If any of these quotes or parts of this blog resonated with you, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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Amanda Fludd, LCSW-R is a Licensed therapist and coach for high-achieving women. It’s important to note when resolving complex thoughts, it can be challenging, and it is helpful to enlist the support of a therapist or a coach. If you are unsure what you need, reach out, and we can help you figure that out.
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