Article image

Calming Quotes for Coping With Stress

Everyone experiences stress. Even the renowned Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh was once quoted as reminding himself to “smile, breathe, and go slowly.”

The truth is that stress is a natural response to life's challenges. It can even be quite useful, helping us stay focused and motivated to reach our goals. However, when stress becomes excessive or prolonged, it can have serious negative effects on our physical and mental health. From fatigue and headaches to depression and anxiety, the symptoms of stress can be debilitating — which is why it’s crucial that we learn to recognize stress and do what we can to unravel it.

There are many techniques we can use to manage stress, such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, and physical activity. Of course, everyone experiences stress in different ways, and it's important to find the right coping strategies that work for you. Here, we’ve collected 15 of our favorite quotes about dealing with stress to help you on your way. May they guide you when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and remind you that you’re not alone.

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.
Donald Tubesing, author

Share Quote

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Share Quote

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

Share Quote

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest taken between two deep breaths.
Etty Hillesum, author

Share Quote

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, productivity consultant

Share Quote

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, cleric and abolitionist

Share Quote

Relax. No one else knows what they’re doing either.
Ricky Gervais, comedian

Share Quote

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

Share Quote

Stress acts as an accelerator: It will push you either forward or backward, but you choose which direction.
Chelsea Erieau, sociologist

Share Quote

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

Share Quote

Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.
Abraham Twerski, rabbi

Share Quote

Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.
Renee Jain, psychologist

Share Quote

In times of life crisis, whether wildfires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise every day?
Edward Albert, actor

Share Quote

Photo credit: Cagkan Sayin/ Shutterstock

Author image
About the Author
April Dávila
April Dávila is a lover of words. Her debut novel "142 Ostriches" was released in 2020.
Play more header background
Play more icon
Daily Question
Fill in the blank: "Beautify your inner world with love, light, and ___." - Amit Ray

More Inspiration

happiness theme icon

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

separator icon
Simone de Beauvoir
motivation theme icon

The beginning of wisdom is to do away with fear.

separator icon
Yohannes Gebregeorgis
hope theme icon

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.

separator icon
Anaïs Nin
love theme icon

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

separator icon
Bessie Anderson Stanley
wisdom theme icon

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.

separator icon
Katharine Hepburn
happiness theme icon

Mankind was not made to suffer. Bliss is our nature.

separator icon
David Lynch
motivation theme icon

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

separator icon
Dolly Parton
hope theme icon

'Tis never too late to be wise.

separator icon
Daniel Defoe
love theme icon

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

separator icon
Zelda Fitzgerald
wisdom theme icon

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

separator icon
Mary Shelley
happiness theme icon

All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.

separator icon
Eleanor Farjeon