Anxiety has a way of making you feel lonely in this world. You forget the fact that other people have suffered from it and have been suffering from it.
Following are some quotes that can be helpful in making you feel less alone. Maybe they will give you an insight but that’s not the main purpose. When we feel less alone, we get power to deal with things on our own.
1. “I think this is what we all want to hear: that we are not alone in hitting the bottom, and that it is possible to come out of that place courageous, beautiful, and strong.” — Anna White
2. “I was moving in a narrow range between busy distractedness and a pervasive sadness whose granules seemed to enter each cell, weighing it down… I ghosted between islands of anxiety… a fatigue that dulled my zest, decanted it. Sorrow felt like a marble coat I couldn’t shed.” — Diane Ackerman
3. “Everyone must imagine his own snakes because no one else’s snakes can ever be as awful.” — Tove Jansson
4. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” — Jodi Picoult
5. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” — Alain de Botton
6. “Anxiety always originates from a lie. All lies, whether self generated or accepted from another person, will resonate as a pendulum swinging to and fro as a reminder of an inconsistency with truth and impeccability. The further the lie is carried, the more the intensity of anxiety builds. The feeling may begin as unease, building to angst, translating to anxiety, panic, and even dread. Ultimately, anxiety creates stagnancy. What’s the solution? Speak the truth even if it scares you. Be authentic.” — Deborah Bravandt
7. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
8. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” — George Bernard Shaw
9. “Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it-just as we have learned to live with storms.” — Paulo Coelho
10. “It was one of those days when I was thinking too much, too fast. Only it was more like the thoughts had a mind of their own and going all by themselves at a hundred miles a second, and I was just sitting back, feeling the growing paranoia inside of me.” — Sasha Mizaree
11. “But in neurotic anxiety, two conditions are necessary: (1) the threat must be to a vital value; and (2) the threat must be present in juxtaposition with another threat so that the individual cannot avoid one threat without being confronted by another. In patterns of neurotic anxiety, the values held essential to the individual’s existence as a personality are in contradiction with each other.” — Rollo May
12. “Behind every flinch is a fear or an anxiety — sometimes rational, sometimes not. Without the fear, there is no flinch. But wiping out the fear isn’t what’s important — facing it is.” — Julien Smith
13. “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems” — Epictetus
14. “But I can hardly sit still. I keep fidgeting, crossing one leg and then the other. I feel like I could throw off sparks, or break a window-maybe rearrange all the furniture.” — Raymond Carver
15. “And all this talk, over and over, of bravery: it would be nice one day if a public figure could talk about having depression without the media using words like ‘incredible courage’ and ‘coming out’. Sure, it is well intentioned. But you shouldn’t need to confess to having, say, anxiety. You should just be able to tell people. It’s an illness. Like asthma or measles or meningitis. It’s not a guilty secret. The shame people feel exacerbates symptoms. Yes, absolutely, people are often brave. But the bravery is in living with it, it shouldn’t be in talking about it.” — Matt Haig
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(Writer, Language of Mind)
PS - Since #43 is my favourite. I don’t want you to miss it. Here it is.
43. “I lied and said I was busy.
I was busy;
but not in a way most people understand.
I was busy taking deeper breaths.
I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.
I was busy calming a racing heart.
I was busy telling myself I am okay.
Sometimes, this is my busy -
and I will not apologize for it.”
- Brittin Oakman