120 Quotes on Strategies to Reduce Stress [Tips]

 

A selection of top 120 inspirational quotes that empower you to reduce stress and integrate better coping strategies into your life. I have personally chosen the best amongst 1500 quotes. These quotes do not assume any belief on your part.

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Believing that you must do something to perfection is a recipe for stress. – Steve Pavlina

 

Behind every stressful thought is the desire for things to be other than what they are. – Toni Bernhard

 

Always tying to please others is definitely an assured path to stress and failures in life. – Edmond Mbiaka

 

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

 

Everything in human life is a test. That is why everyone looks so stressed out. – Matt Haig

 

Errors in the course of action could be wasted by dwelling on them, but wisdom is learning the lesson in the mistake. – Ganesh

 

Don’t be ashamed of a failure. Those who have been there will understand you. Those who don’t, have not lived yet, and are in no position to criticise you. – Unknown

 

Ever-increasing to-do lists will eventually get you done. – Sepi Tajima

 

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

 

Don’t let the world know you have a big problem. Tell your problem you have got a big God. – John Cave

 

Decide to focus on one thing at a time, instead of trying to solve everything at once. Just do that one thing, then you will feel a sudden decrease in stress. – Gudjon Bergmann

 

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea. – Frederick Saunders

 

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

 

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

 

If you keep running into the same wall over and over again, turn. – Crystal DeLarm Clymer

 

If you can change your mind, you can change your life. – William James

 

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

 

If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. – Norman Vincent Peale

 

If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched. – Terri Guillemets

 

He is richest who is content with the least. – Socrates

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

 

It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? – Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

It seems that we have it backward in our society. We tend to look up to people who are under a great deal of stress. – Richard Carlson

 

Is everything as urgent as your stress implies? – Carrie Latet

 

Life is a learning experience and a very peaceful method of accepting the reality you face is to ask “What will I learn?” – David W. Earle

 

Like steam from a cup of hot tea that fogs our glasses, false urgency of matters at hand blurs our vision to important things in the distance. – Terri Guillemets

 

The majority of people who are easily stressed are the one’s who think too much about the problems instead of solutions. Focus on the solutions. – Subodh Gupta

 

It’s what’s right with you that fixes whats wrong. – John Mitchelmore

 

Living one’s life as if it is a competition between oneself and others, is an inevitable path to a stressful life. – Edmond Mbiaka

 

No matter how much you stress or obsess about the past or future, you can’t change either one. Present is where your power lies. – Mandy Hale

 

Nothing happens on its own, you have to make things happen. If you really want to come out of your stressful situation than you need to take action. Unless you stand up for yourself and take action, the problem is not going to get away. Let not fear of failure stop you from taking action. – Subodh Gupta

 

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

 

Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing. – RJ Palacio

 

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

 

Prolonged stress causes the human body to make adaptations so it can continue to serve you at a functional level. The more stress, the more adaptations. – Janet Gallagher Nestor

 

Master the power of attitude and you’ll live a powerful life. – Gerald G. Jampolsky

 

Regulate your mind. Do not worry excessively about the future. If you have done everything that has to be done, the future will take care of itself. – Master Choa Kok Sui

 

Repeated positive interpretations of one’s negative experiences are the greatest medicines for stress and depression. – Edmond Mbiaka

 

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 blue sky, is by no means waste of time. – John Lubbock

 

Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. – Steve Maraboli

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Spare the stress on your neck muscles. Looking backward takes more energy; it’s more painful than looking forward! Go ahead! – Israelmore Ayivor

 

Stress is a thought, a perception of fear, it will melt away if we let our thoughts change with courage. – Debasish Mridha

 

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

 

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

 

Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it but don’t dispose it properly. Then it piles up and overtake our life. – Terri Guillemets

 

Stress… Before I let you get to me again, I will try and remember that I’m the only one who can empower you to affect my life. – J.R. Castillo

 

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

 

Stop focusing on how stressed you are and focus on how blessed you are. – Anon

 

Stop overloading yourself with numberless tasks. Give time to yourself for rest and positive deliberations. You can’t think better and plan better when you are under stress. – Israelmore Ayivor

 

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

 

The mind can go either direction under stress, toward positive or toward negative. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training. – Frank Herbert

 

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

 

There are often great lessons to be learned at the roots of stress. Don’t let the magnitude of the circumstance blind you to the value of the lesson. – Steve Maraboli

 

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. – Leonard Bernstein

 

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. – Catherine Pulsifer

 

Tough times don’t last; tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller

 

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

 

When you’re dealing with stress, the problem may not be the stressful situation, as much as the effort to avoid that situation. – Ted A. Grossbart

 

In times of great stress or adversity, it is best to use your energy and anger into something positive. – Lee Iacocca

 

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. – Eckhart Tolle

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Try to be everything for everyone and grant yourself a life time of disappointment and stress. – Sepi Tajima

 

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

 

Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life. – Anon

 

Stress is being here but wanting to be there. – Eckhart Tolle

 

To be on edge, you are literally not centred. – Carrie Latet

 

Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. – Douglas Pagels

 

Releasing the pressure is good for the teapot as well as the boiling water. – Jeb Dickerson

 

Where there is a lack of rest, there is an abundance of stress. – Lysa TerKeurst

 

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. – George MacDonald

 

Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. – A Course in Miracles

 

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

 

Life can be stressful but you shouldn’t stress yourself. – Eric Houtman

 

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray

 

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

 

A positive attitude may not solve all our problems but that is the option we have to get out of problems. – Subodh Gupta

 

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

 

Each day should have a clearly marked emergency exit sign. – Dr. SunWolf

 

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. – Aesop, Fables

 

At some point, I finally realized that stress made a really bad companion. So I had it pack its shit and leave. – Steve Maraboli

 

A complicated life is a permanent home for stress. – Edmond Mbiaka

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

 

For the sake of making a living we forget to live. – Margaret Fuller

 

Dream big, but start small. – Israelmore Ayivor

 

 Stop stressing and be a blessing. – T.F. Hodge

 

Regret fills your heart, only when you do not give your best to accomplish something. – Ram Mohan

 

My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress. – Mahogany SilverRain

 

It isn’t stress that makes us fall; it’s how we respond to stressful events. – Wayde Goodall

 

If you’re stressing over happiness, you’re doing it wrong. – Shannon L. Alder

 

Oaks grow strong in contrary winds. Diamonds are made under pressure. – Peter Marshall

 

Resistance creates suffering. Suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. 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

 

People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.

 

God didn’t do it all in one day. What makes you think you can?

 

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

 

People complain about cold weather during winter, about hot weather during summer and about rain in rainy
season. People who are single are depressed that they are single, those who are married think that singles
are having more fun, people with darker skin want to get fair skin, people with white skin want tanning and the list never ends. Sometimes I think what would
happen to people’s life if you take their complaining habit out of their life? – Subodh Gupta

 

Take rest! A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. – Ovid

 

Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest. – Dimas Chiviri

 

Dear Stress, let’s break up!

 

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

 

Sometimes the most urgent thing you can do is to take a complete rest. – Ashleigh Brilliant

 

Today is the tomorrow we were worried about yesterday.

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Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think. – Bill Clinton

 

The only thing you will accomplish by worrying is to elevate your stress levels. – Catherine Pulsifer

 

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

 

I was sad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. – Chinese Proverb

 

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. – Dale Carnegie

 

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

 

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

 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Chinese Proverb

 

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

 

When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Helen Keller

 

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

 

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

 

Anything that keeps you away from being yourself causes stress. – Maya Tatareva

 

If things go wrong, don’t go with them. – Roger Babson

 

A man who suffers or stresses before it is necessary, suffers more than necessary. – Seneca

 

Wanna fly? You got to give up the shit that weights you down. – Toni Morrison

 

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. – Thomas Jefferson

 

If the inly tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

 

The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down. – Stephen Richards

 

You cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that created it. – Albert Einstein

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  • Hi Sepi, this is a very powerful article. The ironic thing is that I believe I’ve come to know many of these sayings or have at the very least experienced them in the course of my life. The problem seems to be that I, like many, move way too fast to appreciate these sayings “in real-time.” So although I know they are true and powerful, I’m not able to apply their enduring lessons in my life, and I am more stressed than I want to be/have to be.
    I am curious what your thoughts as far as solutions go. Do you believe in meditation or any other methods that simply promote “slowing down” in order to consistently keep things in perspective? Any feedback you could provide would be most appreciated? And again – Excellent article. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Anderson, thank you for the comment.
      We may know, read or hear the powerful wisdom, yet at the same time, we are exposed to so much more of the opposing messages – both in our external and internal worlds. Turning on the TV, the media, our at times “well-intended (?)” parents, siblings, educators and leaders keep sending us the wrong messages. So the trick is to keep re-learning and re-exposing ourselves to the truth. Once you find what you wholeheartedly believe to be true, stick to it.

      As to these quotes, I have selected the BEST after going through many. I suggest you read through and pick 5 (each week), write them down on a sticky note and place them in places as a reminder – bathroom mirror, car, work desk, or put as an alarm on your phone. Get creative! 🙂

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