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Stress Management Quotes to Inspire and Amuse

Bev Alldridge

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

What draws us quotes about feeling overwhelmed, anyhow? We are busy with stress management activites, reading, yoga, breathing… but we’re still drawn to the quotes.

I’ve curated these to inspire and amuse you when it comes to management of your stress. When you feel like you’re up to your neck swimming in alligators it’s nice to know someone has been there, too.

If you’d like to learn the science behind why we’re drawn to quotes, you can find out why here.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
— William James
Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.
— Robert Eliot
Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
— Benjamin Franklin
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure..jpg
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
— Peter Marshall
Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.
— Drew Carey
The most important reason for your ‘no’ is that you need your downtime so you won’t behave like a jerk because you’re depleted. And you don’t want to battle an appetite spiked by the stress of overcommitment. But that’s your secret; others don’t need that information. So just smile, say no, thank you, and keep moving.
— Holly Mosier
I stress about stress before there’s even stress to stress about.
— Unknown
It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.
— Paulo Coelho
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
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
— Lily Tomlin
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
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
— Sydney J. Harris
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. Sydney J Harris.png
Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.
— Ziggy Marley
Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’

— Eckhart Tolle
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
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
— Bruce Lee
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
— Ovid
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.
— Hans Selye
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Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.
— David Allen
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
— Elbert Hubbard
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
— Nelson DeMille
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 (variations on this quote are atributed to many folks)
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
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
— Bertrand Russell
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
Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.
— Peter Diamandis
It’s not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.
— Hans Selye
The grass is not ‘greener’ on the other side – it is just another shade of green.
— Annika Sorensen
The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
— Oscar Wilde
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes 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
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Albert Einstein
No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.
— Groucho Max