Stress Quotes, Sayings, Insights

Stress quotes from others help us understand how others deal with the anxieties that come up during everyday life.

Most folks face troubles of some kind throughout their lives. But having coping mechanisms helps. According to William James, the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

During times of stress, we should try to act calmly and carefully. We must keep our ears and our hearts on the look for good things in life. Sometimes, hearing or reading about how others deal with hard times can help us. It was with that goal that we created this list of good stress quotes.

Have a read-through and, hopefully, a more peaceful day.

Best Stress Quotes

1.) Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
Mikhail Lermontov

2.) The first rule of dealing with stress is to pause and focus on your breathing.

3.) Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.
Astrid Alauda

4.) But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.
Paulo Coehlo

5.) Simply let experience take place very freely so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

6.) I want to stress the importance of being fair to our readers. You should not impose your own view and prejudice on the readers and try to lead them to a conclusion. As a reader, I understand what a fair report is.
Jack Ma

Good stress quotes.

Funny Stress Quotes

7.) Stressed spelled backward is “desserts.” Coincidence? I think not.

8.) If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.

9.) A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress very well.

10.) Stress doesn’t go with my outfit.

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Humorous Stress Sayings

11.) Dear Stress, It’s time to break up. It’s not me; it’s you.

12.) I make look calm, but in my mind, I’ve pummeled the last three people who stood before me.

13.) So, what I hear you saying is that a stress ball isn’t for throwing at people who give you stress.

14.) I’m not stressed; now back off!

Good Stressed Out Quotes

15.) Understand this and be free: we are not in our bodies; our bodies are inside us.
Sean A. Mulvihill

16.) There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves, and onto my pad.
Garson Kanin

17.) I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.
Steve Maraboli

18.) When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
Winston Churchill

19.) Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And the response is something we can choose.
Maureen Killoran

Inspirational Peaceful Quotes

20.) Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
Jane Wagner

21.) In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.
Fred Rogers

22.) If it’s the stress of things that we cannot control, what you have to do is you mitigate that stress as much as possible. You’ve planned, you’ve trained, you’ve done everything you can in your power to mitigate the stress that’s facing you. And then after that, there’s nothing you can do. So, you have to let that one go.
Jocko Willink

23.) If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress, and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.
George Burns

Mr. Rodgers Quote on stress.

Don’t Stress Sayings

24.) Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

25.) In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity, which nature cannot repair.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

26.) Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thích Nhất Hạnh

27.) It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.
Paulo Coehlo

28.) If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.

29.) The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down was the day she began to shine the brightest.
Katrina Mayer

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Stress Insights

30.) Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey

31.) Well, you know, a lot of people look at the negative things, the things that they did wrong and – which I do. But I like to stress on the things I did right because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that is just positive reinforcement.
Tiger Woods

32.) Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.
Brian Tracy

33.) There are times when we stop; we sit still. We listen, and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
James Carroll

Don’t Stress Out Sayings

34.) Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.

35.) Rest is not idleness, and to sometimes lie on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

36.) Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Benjamin Franklin

37.) The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
Sydney J. Harris

38.) Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.
Ziggy Marley

Stress and the way you respond quote.

Calm Quotes: Stress Relief Quotes

39.) One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, but if we do each thing calmly and carefully, we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
Viggo Mortensen

40.) When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

41.) Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is… The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
Dan Millman

42.) It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.
Paulo Coehlo

43.) Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.

Feeling Calm Quotations

44.) The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. The calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
James Allen

45.) Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.
Paulo Coelho

46.) 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

47.) You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.
Dan Millman

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

49.) Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

50.) Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.
Walter Anderson

How To Use These Stress Quotes

You can use these stress quotes when you find yourself being a little more anxious than usual. Some of these times might include when you lose a friend, after a breakup, or when life is giving you a little more than you can handle at one time.

We all know that dealing with too much stress can lead to some bad things like difficulty sleeping, weight gain or loss, depression, and more. It’s important for each of us to recognize when stress is coming on and take practical steps to deal with it.

It might mean taking more frequent breaks, taking a walk in the woods, visiting a good friend, or calling a brother or sister for advice. Reading through these quotes might also provide reasons to calm yourself. Folks might use these quotes on posters, signs, texts, emails, and more. Sometimes, by reminding ourselves that we all go through stressful times, it helps.

By Liz Olson

Liz is a writer who lives in Minneapolis.


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