Anxiety has become a very common issue in the world. It seems increasingly common for people, including teens, to suffer from anxiety! Teenagers are under a lot of pressure to perform and succeed in a certain way, all while learning to manage their emotions and changing responsibilities. This is sure to bring on some anxiety. This list of anxiety quotes for teens is a great resource for teenagers looking for some words of wisdom to help them through their anxious thoughts and feelings.
25 Quotes About Anxiety for Teens
“The best use of creativity is imagination. The worst use of creativity is anxiety.”-Deepak Chopra
It takes creativity to think of all of the possible scenarios that can happen and all of the things that can go wrong. But anxiety is a poor use of your creativity. Channeling that creativity into doing something good for yourself can help you manage the anxiety.
“Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow.”
Nine times out of ten, all of the things you’re worried are going to happen never do. That means that you’re wasting a ton of time worrying and giving so much power to that worry. It’s best to avoid worrying until the likelihood of whatever you’re worried about is actually likely.
“Anxiety is something that is part of me but it’s not who I am.”-Emma Stone
Anxiety doesn’t have to be your entire identity. It does not have to define you. Do not give it that much power over you. Be sure to form your identity around your positive characteristics.
“Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one.”-Max Lucado
Fear and anxiety go hand in hand, but they are not the same. Fear is real. It involves being scared of something that poses a real threat. Anxiety imagines a threat that is unlikely actually to happen.
“People with anxiety don’t have a train of thought. We have 7 trains on 4 tracks that narrowly avoid each other when paths cross, and all the conductors are screaming.”
Having anxiety can feel like your brain is working on overdrive, going a million miles an hour. But focusing on so many things at once actually makes your brain pretty ineffective.
“I’ve got 99 problems, and 86 of them are completely made-up scenarios in my head that I’m stressing about for absolutely no logical reason.”
When you struggle with anxiety, almost all of your thoughts and worries are pointless. They don’t do any good, and you waste so much effort and brain power on them.
“Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.”
Worrying is the biggest waste of your time. You spend time and energy stressing about something, but worrying will not change the outcome. It will happen or not happen, regardless of whether you stress about it or not.
“Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
We think that worrying about something is somehow helping the situation. But it really does nothing for you. It only causes you unnecessary stress.
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”-Eckhart Tolle
When you have anxiety, it feels like being anxious is somehow productive or helpful. But it’s actually the opposite. It’s a complete waste of time.
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”-Kahlil Gibran
It’s not the thinking about the future that causes anxiety. It’s the urge to control the future and avoid every possible negative outcome. Control isn’t real because in reality, we have no control over anything.
“Worrying is suffering one more time than you need to.”
Something bad happening will cause suffering. Worrying about something bad happening causes additional suffering. So don’t worry about something that might not actually happen.
“Anxiety is when the butterflies in your stomach turn into bees.”-Bridgett Devoue
It’s odd that something going on inside your mind has such an effect on the body. But anxiety can cause all sorts of body reactions, especially in your stomach!
Quotes That Can Help With Anxiety
“If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind, too.”-Ivan Nuru
For some reason, we think that if we worry about something enough, it will prevent it from happening. That is not the case. So, if we can’t force an outcome we want, we might as well not worry about it.
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”-C.H. Spurgeon
Anxiety is not an effective way of changing the future, but it sure does ruin the present. The worst part is, that most of what you worry about will never come to pass. So you’re ruining your day over nothing.
“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.”-Bryant McGill
A calm and collected mind has so much more power than an anxious, overwhelmed one. If we really want our thoughts to have power, we need to keep them positive and peaceful.
“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”-Epictetus
True happiness doesn’t come from a lack of troubles. It comes from having positive and peaceful thoughts and resisting the urge to worry about things that are out of our control.
“You are bigger than whatever is making you anxious.”
We are capable of handling so much more than we think we are. No matter what we are worried will happen, the likelihood of it happening is slim. And if it does, we can get past it.
“Don’t let your difficulties fill you with anxiety. After all, it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.”
Our difficulties are not the evil that we think they are. They are actually what gives us strength and shape us into the person we are. Without sorrow, we would never know joy.
“Worrying is a misuse of your incredible creative energy. Instead of imagining the worst, imagine the best and how you can bring it about.”-Marc & Angel
The mind is a powerful thing. If we focus on the bad, the bad will come to pass. We have the power to will the good to come into our lives. We hold all the power, even though it doesn’t feel that way sometimes.
“Anxiety isn’t something that goes away. It’s something you learn to control.”
Sadly, there’s no magic cure for anxiety. The only thing you can do is learn to manage it. Once you learn to control it, it stops controlling you. It’s completely up to you.
“Everything you’ve ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.”-George Addair
Fear can feel like it has such a grip on us. But it can only have control over us if we let it even though it may not feel like it sometimes. Fear has no power. We hold the power.
“One day, you will look back and realize that you worried too much about things that don’t really matter. Let today be that day.”
You always think to yourself that one day, you will have ahold of your anxiety, and it won’t have power over you anymore. Make the decision that today is going to be that day.
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”
Our power doesn’t come from controlling what’s going on around us. It comes from letting go of that control and accepting what it is. Acceptance will bring you peace and happiness in your life, much more than control ever could.
“No amount of regret changes the past. No amount of anxiety changes the future. But any amount of gratitude changes the present.”-Marc & Angel
We have no control over the past or the future. Focusing on the past causes depression, and focusing on the future causes anxiety. But focusing on the present and being grateful will bring joy to your life.
“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.”-Robert Tew
We don’t give ourselves enough credit. Anxiety makes us feel like we won’t make it through whatever is coming. But we are much stronger than we think. We can make it through whatever comes our way.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.”-Zig Ziglar
There is opposition in all things. Without suffering, stress, turmoil, and heartache, we wouldn’t be able to truly enjoy the peace, happiness, and wonderful experiences we have during our lifetime. While there will likely be difficulties in our future, there will also be immense joy.
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Final Thoughts On These Anxiety Quotes for Teens
We hope you enjoyed these quotes about anxiety and how to overcome anxiety. Hopefully, your teenager can benefit from reading these when they are under stress. Be sure to share these quotes with anyone you think would enjoy them, and comment below with any other quotes you would add to this list so that we can share them with our readers!
Kayla is the content creator over at motviationformom.com. She is a wife and mother who loves to share all of the tips, tricks, and life lessons that she has learned over the years with all of her readers. Her primary focus is on children’s education, motherhood, and healthy family relationships!