Thursday, 2 February 2017

Top Ten Quotes about Anxiety

In my experience and understanding, anxiety forms a major driving part of much of mental health - often an impetus for and precursor to depressive episodes.

Anxiety is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as:

"An uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future."

"Something that causes a feeling of fear and worry."

Clearly anxiety is a natural human condition, and one vital to our ability to survive and thrive as a species. 

However, we are not designed for prolonged bouts of anxiety, which can be hugely damaging in terms of both our mind and in terms of our physicality - as this article highlights.

There are many quotes out there about anxiety, but I think the following ten provide a good snapshot of both the experience of prolonged anxiety and our way through it:

>> “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” - Jodi Picoult

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

>> “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” - Eckhart Tolle

>> “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

>> "People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. " - George Bernard Shaw

>> “Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” - Renee Jain

>> "Worry gives a small thing a big shadow." - Swedish Proverb

>> “Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out.” - Karl A. Menninger

>> "What we see depends mainly on what we look for." - John Lubbock

>> "The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” - William James​