I have some good news for you. If you’re feeling a little stressed out this time of year with AP tests and what not and you want some relief from all the anxiety- look no further! If you’re not, well, do look further, and I hope you find what you’re looking for.
Now, now, I know western medicine -mental illness medication especially- is a great accomplishment for humankind; but it’s never a good idea to completely rule out the healing power of words.
So without further adieu, here are some quotes and scriptures I’ve often found to calm me in times of mental trouble (that’s code for “all the time”).
“P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig… the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.” -Danielle LaPorte
“Stressed spelled backwards is ‘desserts.’” (This was given to me by a good friend of mine who is an expert on overcoming anxiety, so you should probably listen to her and go eat ice cream.)
“Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he has all power?”- Mormon 5:23. (Mormon makes a pretty good point there. I mean, where can you go wrong with God on your side?)
“Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”- 1 Nephi 21:16. (This can also be found in Isaiah, but even when the only difference is the reference, it still makes more sense coming from Nephi.)
“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” -Dan Millman
“No amount of regret can change the past, no amount of anxiety can change the future.”- Karen Salmansohn
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”- Thich Nhat Hanh. (If the world outside you seems like it’s reeling, stop for a second and realize that that might all be in your head. Don’t rush. Also, this guy’s name is pretty cool, so he’s probably a reliable source.)
“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.”- Pearl S. Buck
“Be the person today that you’ll be proud of tomorrow.”
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”
“Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” – Chris Brogan. (Disclaimer: if you don’t like the menu and you’re on a date with somebody, you might want to let your date know that the food is the reason you’re leaving all of a sudden, not them.)
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – Sylvia Plath. (Fun Fact: Not only does Sylvia Plath like hot baths, she also likes hot ovens.)
A song I’ve been listening to recently is called “Odds Are” by the Barenaked Ladies (a name a little striking next to “RubyGirl”) so if music is a better route for you, then take it!
If you have any good quotes or scriptures about anxiety that you’ve been holding onto, comment them below, because I probably need them as well. 🙂