Thought Provoking Quotes About Anxiety

 

Anxiety affects millions of people every year. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting around 18 percent of the population.

Here are 10 thought provoking quotes about anxiety and how it affects people.

1. Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. Jodi Picoult

2. 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 lover, 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

3. Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

4. 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

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. Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. Walter Anderson

7. You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Eleanor Roosevelt

8. Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. Grenville Kleiser

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

10. Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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10 Interesting Quotes About Attitude

 

Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. Irving Berlin

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Walter Scott

It is good people who make good places. Anna Sewell

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. Og Mandino

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Khalil Gibran

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelis

 

Which quote is your favorite?

20 Fun Fall Activities

I promise this is my last fall blog post. Maybe. Probably. I just love fall so much! Lame, I know.

One of the best things about fall is all the fun activities that come with it. The weather may be getting colder, but that is no reason to spend the next few months inside. There are lots of awesome (and cheap) things that you can do outside during fall!

Don’t worry – there are inside activities too. I love spending time inside on a cold, dark evening, especially if I have a mug of hot chocolate.

Here are 20 fun fall activities.

  1. Go for a walk through a forest or a wood as the leaves change color.
  2. Go apple picking.
  3. Go to a fall festival with someone you love.
  4. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  5. Carve pumpkins.
  6. Make something with pumpkin in it. (My personal favorites are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.)
  7. Bundle up warm and go to kick leaves in your local park.
  8. Go to a corn maze with your friends or family.
  9. Visit a spooky fairground.
  10. Fly a kite with your children (or nephews and nieces).
  11. Light some candles or the fire and watch a movie during a cold evening.
  12. Make toffee apples.
  13. Make homemade soup.
  14. Pick pinecones.
  15. Eat breakfast in bed (mostly because it is far too cold to eat it at the table).
  16. Make a scarecrow.
  17. Make mulled wine.
  18. Make warm apple cider.
  19. Go antiquing.
  20. Go to a haunted house.

What are you going to do on this list? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

15 More Small Things That Make Life Better

Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.

  1. Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
  2. Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
  3. Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
  4. Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
  5. A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
  6. The smell in the air after heavy rain.
  7. Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
  8. The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
  9. Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
  10. Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
  11. Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
  12. A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
  13. Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
  14. Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
  15. Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.

What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂

10 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT

Cancelling plans with your friends to have some alone time. Time with yourself is important, too! Put on a film you love and eat your favorite snacks without feeling mean or guilty.

Not putting in 100% at work every day. Life isn’t all about work. Lots of people see being stressed and tired as a sign of being a hard worker, but you should never lower the quality of your life for your work.

Your career choices/life choices. It is your life, and you have to live it in a way that makes sense to you. Don’t feel like you need to change your choices to make other people happy.

Not checking your email outside of work. You’re not at work, so you don’t need to (unless your job description specifically says you need to). Darn Smartphones!

Your appearance. Your flaws make you unique and different.

Ending a bad friendship. You are not obligated to spend time with anyone, and your friends should make you feel happy, supported and loved – not upset, angry or stressed.

Taking a risky chance. Life is for living, and that risk could hugely improve your life – just look at entrepreneurs all around the world.

Saying ‘no’ to people. You are not a machine that is designed to grant the wishes of other humans. If you don’t want to, say no.

Not knowing the answer to a question.

Treating yourself. You work hard (maybe) and you deserve it (probably)!

HOW TO DEAL WITH TOXIC PEOPLE

Everyone in the world will meet a toxic person at some point in their lives.

Liars, narcissists, manipulators and sociopaths are very good at creating drama and dragging other people into it. It can happen at home, with your friends, or even at work with a colleague.

While their behaviour is hard to understand, it often stems from insecurity. If you have a toxic person in your life, here are a few ways to make sure they don’t rule your life – or drag you into the drama!

 

Don’t gossip with someone who is toxic. Toxic people will share other people’s secrets with you for many reasons; to create drama, to seem interesting, or to gauge your reaction. Don’t gossip back or say anything negative to them, as there is a high chance they will tell everyone. If a toxic person starts gossiping with you, politely excuse yourself.

Ignore their insults. Toxic people love to disguise insults as compliments, such as “You’re brave wearing that – I’d never have the confidence to pull it off!” They want you to wonder about what they said, as it is a power trip for them. Dismiss their offhand comments so they have no control over you.

Ignore attention-seeking behaviour. Toxic people love to be the centre of attention, and often they will act out or behave obnoxiously to gain the attention of other people. Don’t encourage the behaviour by giving them attention – instead focus on the quieter members of the group.

Don’t indulge self-pity. This is the easiest way for toxic people to A. talk about themselves and B. get you involved in their life/drama/problems. Be aware of the pattern and you will never get sucked in!

Stick up for yourself and others. If a toxic person says something nasty about you or someone else, stick up for them. Toxic people often target people who they perceive as weak, and doing this will help them to realize not to mess with you – or other people while you are around.

5 TOXIC PERSONALITY TYPES TO AVOID

Toxic people are always present in life; in the office at work, in your friendship group and sometimes even in your own family. Normally people indulge a toxic person for many years, which causes them a lot of stress and guilt.

It is important to identify people who are toxic so you don’t allow them to take over your life and rule it. Your happiness is your priority – here are 5 types of toxic people that you don’t need in your life.

 

The ‘you’ve changed’ person. This person doesn’t like it when you change, and they want you to be the same person forever. They think change is a bad thing and they are likely to use “you’ve changed” as an insult. They wish to stop your progress and pull you back into the past.

The jealous person. Some toxic people are jealous of other people’s achievements, as they think that they deserved the success more. They will not acknowledge your hard work; instead they will think “But what about me? Where is my reward?” However, these people are rarely hard working – they are too busy judging others to actually progress themselves.

The gossiping person. This person is probably insecure, and they love to use gossip as a way to insult others and divide people. Realistically this person is a coward, and they are easy enough to ignore. Do not listen to their gossip or indulge them and they will struggle to disrupt your life.

The me-me-me person. This person has a huge ego! They believe that they are very intelligent and skilled. They are likely to talk down to others or belittle them, as they don’t believe other people deserve their respect.

The one-sided person. This person thinks that they are your friend, and whenever they have a problem they seek your advice and help. However, when you are down, they are never to be seen. They don’t really care about your problems or feelings – but they like having someone around who will listen to their own personal drama.

 

If you know a toxic person like this, check out my blog post next week – How to deal with toxic people! It offers simple advice to help you handle toxic people without getting too involved in their lives. I hope you are all having a great week!