The world we are living in now is nerve-wracking for most of us. We always feel anxious about multiple things. When we are in the action and doing some task we think about some other things and their importance in our life.
The fear of future events makes us anxious. Most of which are even not in our control. But our emphasis on the things that may or may not happen to us makes us lose focus on the present.
There is this continuous feeling that I am missing something and need to take care of it first. This continuous nagging leads us to unstable emotions and poor mental health.
We are at work, and we think about spending time with our family. When we are with our family we think about the work that needs to be done. It is a continuous feeling that the work that we are currently doing is not important and the other things are more important.
In his book Meditations, one of the greatest Stoics, Marcus Aurelius mentioned “the present” and “the present moments” multiple times.
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy of personal virtue. A Stoic is a person who can endure pain, suffering, and affliction without complaining and showing their emotions.
Here are some great quotes by stoics on anxiety
What upsets people is not things themselves, but their judgments about these things.Epictetus
True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future.Seneca
You have power over your mind, not outside events, realize this and you will find strength.Marcus Aurelius
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.Epictetus
He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.Seneca
Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions – not outside.Marcus Aurelius