In today’s high-pressure world, it’s easy to sweat the small stuff and let stress levels get out of hand. Stress is one of the most common and pervasive mental health problems in our society. Its effects range from mild emotional discomfort to severe health issues.
Of course, stress isn’t all bad. It’s often that extra push we need to hit the next deadline or finally get the house organized. But stress can be harmful when there’s too much of it with no pause for relaxation. Stress management is all about knowing when to stop for self-care and recharging.
Spire is based on this idea. Our device carefully tracks and analyzes your breathing to give accurate and real-time indications of how stressed you are at any one time. Armed with this information, Spire users take steps to relax and keep harmful stress and its effects at bay. Our users report being able to better control panic attacks and finishing off the day with a sense of calm.
In that light, Spire has put together a list of stress quotes to help you put it all into perspective. These quotes show us that stress has been discussed by many wise thinkers throughout time. Many of them highlight how the state of stress and calm are states of the mind. Some of them show us how we can prevent unnecessary stress from creeping into our inner peace. Each of them has insights that you can take away to create a happier, calmer you.
Quotes About Stress Management
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ― Steve Maraboli
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” ― Jill Bolte Taylor
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray
“My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.” ― Ashton Eaton
“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
“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
“While positive mental states may be associated with less stress and more resilience to infection, positive well-being might also be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle.” – Michael Greger
“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
“Be The Warrior Not the Worrier” ― Angela Cerberano
“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
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ― William James
“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
Quotes About Stress and Life
“He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” ― Plato
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in a storm.” ― Willa Cather
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ― Chinese proverb
“The storm before the calm.” ― Cameron Conaway
“Live a good life. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ― Roy Bennett
“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” ― Valerie Bertinelli
“The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.” ― Carl Jung
“Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.” ― Natalie Goldberg
“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
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find they haven’t half the strength you have.” ― Norman Vincent Peale
“Everything you need you already have; you are complete right now. You are a whole total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.” ― Wayne Dyer
“It turns out that how you think about stress is also one of those core beliefs that can affect your health, happiness, and success. As we’ll see, your stress mindset shapes everything from the emotions you feel during a stressful situation to the way you cope with stressful events. That, in turn, can determine whether you thrive under stress or end up burned out and depressed. The good news is, even if you are firmly convinced that stress is harmful, you can still cultivate a mindset that helps you thrive.” ― Kelly McGonigal
“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
“Simply let experience take place very freely so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.” —Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Quotes About How to Understand Stress
“Stress itself is not what’s toxic. It’s our relationship to it that’s the hazard.” ― Lisa Cypers Kamen
“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” ― Hans Selye
“Being under stress is like being stranded in a body of water. If you panic, it will cause you to flail around so that the water rushes into your lungs and creates further distress. Yet, by calmly collecting yourself and using controlled breathing you remain afloat with ease.” ―Alaric Hutchinson
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.” ― Marianne Williamson
“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
“Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.” ― Roy T. Bennett, “The Light in the Heart”
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” ― Hans Selye
“We can boost our immune systems by strengthening our social networks and decreasing stress.” ― Jane McGonigal
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking. Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation. To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can be easily hijacked by something new—the proverbial shiny objects.” ― Daniel J. Levitin
“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. 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
You Are Not Alone
Although stress can feel lonely, the reality is that many other people have gone through similar feelings in similar situations. Many of the smarter ones wrote about their experiences so that we can now benefit from their insight. Save this article in your favorites bar so that next time you are feeling stressed, you can quickly reach in and grab a bit of perspective.
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