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150 Best Quotes for Stress Relief and Management

In search of the best quotes for stress? You’ve come to the right place. Stress can often feel like a heavy weight pressing down on you, a storm you’re not sure you can weather.

But even the harshest storms pass, and these quotes are here to remind you of that. They are rays of wisdom shining through the clouds of stress, inspiring resilience and promoting calm.

Our hope is that they offer you the perspective needed to transform stress into strength.

Best Quotes for Stress Relief and Management

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Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~ Danzae Pace

Give your stress wings and let it fly away. ~ Terri Guillemets

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. ~ Bertrand Russell

There’s a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome. ~ McKayla Maroney

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ A. A. Milne

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. ~ John De Paola

It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye

Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’. ~ Eckhart Tolle

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~ William James

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

Quotes to Foster Calm and Mindfulness

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax. ~ Mark Black

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ~ Steve Maraboli

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. ~ Chinese Proverb

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

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. ~ Hermann Hesse

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles. ~ Charlie Chaplin

Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. ~ Joyce Meyer

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ~ Etty Hillesum

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

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

Soothing Best Quotes for Stress

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. ~ Natalie Goldberg

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

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

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. ~ John Newton

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. ~ Lou Holtz

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~ Hans Selye

Quotations for Cultivating Positivity Amidst Stress

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God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress. ~ Kelly Clarkson

How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

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

Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.

Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing.

Stress is the gap between our expectation and reality. More the gap, more the stress. So expect nothing and accept everything.

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.

Inspiring Best Quotes for Stress Management

A good way to overcome stress is to help others out of theirs.

Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.

A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.

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

Just when you feel you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change.

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

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

There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. ~ Richard Carlson

Words of Wisdom: Quotes to Alleviate Stress

When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. ~ David Mamet

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

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~ Wayne W. Dyer

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~ Kenji Miyazawa

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

The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself. ~ Mark Messier

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye

Inspirational Best Quotes for Stress Reduction

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. ~ William S. Burroughs

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person. ~ Seneca

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Pressure and stress is the common cold of the psyche. ~ Andrew Denton

Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse. ~ Christopher Morley

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. ~ Bill Phillips

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

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The only way to solve the stress problem is to understand that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life—it comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. ~ Lily Tomlin

Quotes to Encourage Balance and Peace

The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs.

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

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

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

He who hurries can not walk with dignity.

The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. ~ Bruce Lee

Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.

Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Motivating Best Quotes for Stress Relief

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It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. ~ Tony Robbins

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Carlos Castaneda

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~ Aesop

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. ~ Dalai Lama

The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyze it, debate it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, gossip about it, pray over it, put it down or dissect its motives it continues to rot in your brain.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. ~ Lena Horne

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

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. ~ Richard Bach

Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. ~ Squire Bill Widener

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

Profound Quotes for Finding Serenity in Stress

Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.

The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. ~ William James

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

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem. ~ Harold Stephens

When you want to arrive at your goal more than you want to be doing what you’re doing, you become stressed. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Act the way that you want to feel. ~ Gretchen Rubin

Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.

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

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety; after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly. ~ Ali Ibn Abi Talib

Empowering Best Quotes for Stress Management

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Living a life somewhere else in your mind is nothing more than being a prisoner where you are. ~ Shannon L. Alder

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. ~ Marcus Aurelius

When you explore your worries you find your strengths. ~ Dee Waldeck

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

Breathe. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life.

The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve. ~ Charles F. Glassman

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. ~ Chris Bradford

Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency. ~ Natalie Goldberg

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. ~ Will Rogers

Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love. ~ Prem Prakash

Quotes to Instill Resilience During Stressful Times

Calmness is the cradle of power. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you. ~ Saint Bartholomew

It is not stress that kills us, but our reaction to it.

The greatest weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another. ~ William James

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~ Albert Einstein

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. ~ Bruce Lee

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward. ~ Spanish Proverb

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~ Lee Iacocca

Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.

If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

Uplifting Best Quotes for Stress Reduction

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Stress spelled backwards is desserts.

We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. ~ Donald Horban

Where’d the days go, when all we did was play? And the stress that we were under wasn’t stress at all just a run and a jump into a harmless fall.

Stress is like spice – in the right amount it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you. ~ Donald Tubesing

Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others. ~ Paulo Coelho

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full. ~ Henry Kissinger

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

No good comes from hurrying.

The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest. ~ Seneca

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times. ~ Dean Smith

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. ~ Margaret Fuller

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. ~ Dalai Lama

Wrap up

Concluding our journey through the best quotes for stress, remember that stress, though daunting, is not unbeatable. Let these powerful words inspire you to face your stress with courage and serenity. Keep them close, for they can provide a fresh perspective when the weight of the world seems too heavy. Allow these quotes to inspire resilience, encourage calm, and remind you that even the fiercest storm will pass.

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