Stress Quotes and Stress Management Tips

Inspirational, Funny, and Famous Quotations on Dealing With Stress

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Stress quotes can inspire, enlighten, or bring a good laugh. The quotation can change the way you think about what you're facing. Inspirational stress quotes from a variety of great minds bring a unique perspective on this universal experience in life. The following selection of stress quotes and related resources can provide you with inner strength, new insight, and a smile. See how to put the wisdom of the quote to work in your life to relieve stress.

Anais Nin
‎‎‎"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Your thoughts really do color your perceptions, and affect your stress levels in many ways. What thoughts are serving you today? Which thoughts are weighing you down? Changing how you see things and talk to yourself about it can create a less stressed existence.

Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)
‎‎"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

Sometimes just taking a few minutes for nothing can make the difference between a less stressful afternoon and a more stressful one. How do you relieve stress when you're rushed and stressed? Use a five-minute stress relief strategy and make your time count for stress management.

Charles Sprugeon
‎"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness."

Do you focus not only on having what you want, but wanting what you have? Positive psychology sheds some light on the importance of gratitude in life—of both focusing on what you want, and on what you have.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
‎"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

Do you find yourself rushing through life so much you forget to stop and smell the flowers? When you do that, you may tend to stress more, enjoy less, and possibly put yourself at risk for burnout. Learn to savor the moment.

Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie
"Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone."

Paring down your "to do" list can be easier than you may think—and can bring an extra measure of peace and sanity. Learn strategies to simplify your life, including setting priorities, cutting out your life's unnecessary commitments, and whittling down that list of things you must do. Make room for a more balanced existence.

Sylvia Plath
‎"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

Sometimes you need a little extra nurturing, and that gentleness can come from loved ones, or just from yourself. Warm baths, television comedies, really good chocolate—these are all things that might help replenish your energy when you've had a rough day. Create your own plan to find more pleasures in life.

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

Hans Selye is one of the pioneers of stress theory and definitely knows what he's talking about here. When has a shift in perspective made all the difference for you? Effective cognitive reframing is an attitude trick that really works.

Robert Louis Stevenson
‎"Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well."

When you have lemons, make lemonade.

There's virtually always something positive that can be found in the challenges you face. Optimists practice playing a poor hand well.

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

Cooking metaphors notwithstanding, there is a lot of truth to this. That is why certain types of stress, particularly eustress, can be considered beneficial to overall health and psychological wellness. Eustress keeps you feeling engaged and alive, and challenged in the right ways.

Adabella Radici
"If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched."

Where do you "feel" stress in your body? Stress can affect you physically in several ways, and muscle tension is one of them. Try a body scan meditation technique to identify where the stress is hitting you, and relax your body at the same time.

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

Is stress keeping you up at night? Follow tips to help you relax and get some quality sleep, even if you're stressed.

George Burns
"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."

Learn stress relievers that can engage your inner child and help you stay young. These techniques work well for adults and children alike.

Jennifer Yane
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once."

Are you ready for the week? Learn ways to put more weekend in your week to make it less stressful.

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

Even the tough times in your life can lead to better times and better things, like personal growth. Think of how your challenges have shaped you. What doesn't kill you may make you stronger after all.

"Stress: The confusion created when one's mind overrides the body's basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it"

Many people feel stressed and frustrated when dealing with difficult people. Learn how to take the high road and feel less stressed at the same time.

Mary Engelbreit
‎‎"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

What thoughts are serving you today? Which thoughts are weighing you down? Identify stress-inducing thoughts (even the subtle ones), recognize their impact, and trade them in for more affirming thinking patterns.

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

Stress can impact our eating patterns, and our eating patterns can affect our stress levels. Is this happening to you? Learn how to slow down with mindful eating.

Ferris Bueller
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look once in awhile, you could miss it."

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" shows how memorable one day can be. You don't always need a ton of action. What you need often depends on the type of stress you're facing. Take a "mental health day" every now and then.