14 Self-Care Quotes to Help With Depression and Anxiety

Feeling low? You’re not alone. Read through these thoughts and mantras from others who’ve been there.

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On darker days, it's helpful to have mantras (or meditation apps) that can bring you up from a spell of low mood. Fortunately, the following editor-approved depression and anxiety quotes might ease just a little bit of the burden you're facing. But, trust us, we (and the writers on the slides to follow) know it's hard.

Learning how to deal with anxiety or fight depression takes daily effort, particularly if outside factors exacerbate your anxiety or depression (or both). However, with a slight change of perspective, these sayings could quiet your mind or remind you that what you're feeling is normal and not permanent.

These quotes can be used for yourself, shared on social media, sent to a friend, or used on a letterboard as a more permanent reminder that managing your thoughts can help manage your mood. So pick your favorites and keep them handy the next time you need a little mental boost.

Remember, if your anxiety or depression feels unmanageable, it's important to first turn to family, friends, or professionals for help: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline—1-800-662-HELP (4357)—is available 24/7, 365 days a year for treatment referral and information, if you need it.

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"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength—carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." – Corrie Ten Boom

Depression and anxiety quotes - Corrie Ten Boom
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"You're like a grey sky. You're beautiful, even though you don't want to be." – Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

Depression and anxiety quotes - Jasmine Warga
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"Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine." – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Depression and anxiety quotes - Charlotte Brontë
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"You must hold your quiet center, where you do what only you can do." – Ha Jin, "A Center"

Depression and anxiety quotes - Ha Jin
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"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Depression and anxiety quotes - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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"Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far." – Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

Depression and anxiety quotes - Jodi Picoult
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"You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective—it just means you're human." – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Depression and anxiety quotes - David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
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"Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on its brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from within." – Galway Kinnell, "Saint Francis and the Sow"

Depression and anxiety quotes - Galway Kinnell
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"'Hope' is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all - " – Emily Dickinson, "'Hope' is the thing with feathers – (314)"

Depression and anxiety quotes - Emily Dickinson
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"Dance until your bones clatter. What a prize you are. What a lucky sack of stars." – Gabrielle Calvocoressi, "At Last the New Arriving"

Depression and anxiety quotes - Gabrielle Calvocoressi
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"Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems." – Epictetus

Depression and anxiety quotes - Epictetus
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"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath." – Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

Depression and anxiety quotes - Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
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"Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it." – Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Depression and anxiety quotes - Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
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"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom." – Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin

Depression and anxiety quotes - Søren Kierkegaard
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