210 Stress Quotes That Will Make You More Peaceful

Follow me on Facebook Click here

The goal is these 210 stress quotes is simple: to make you more peaceful. That’s why you’ll find quotes on happiness, life, thinking, but also on meditation and stress management. Hope you’ll like them.

stress quotes calm modest life brings happiness than pursuit success combined constant restlessness albert einstein wisdom

A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness. Albert Einstein

stress quotes inability decide whats important amuse chimp wisdom

Stress is the inability to decide what’s important. @AmuseChimp

stress quotes confusion come from being busy peace clarity slowing down stilling your waters maxime lagace wisdom

Stress and confusion come from being busy. Peace and clarity come from slowing down and stilling your waters. Maxime Lagacé

stress quotes caused being here wanting there eckhart tolle wisdom

Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”. Eckhart Tolle

stress quotes every once while you just like take your time with that you doing fred rogers wisdom

Every once in a while, do you just like to take your time with what you’re doing? Fred Rogers


stress quotes today refuse myself about things cannot control change mel robbins wisdom

Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change. Mel Robbins

stress quotes our anxiety does not comes from thinking about future from wanting control kahlil gibran wisdom

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. Kahlil Gibran

stress quotes need certainty greatest disease mind faces robert greene wisdom

The need for certainty is the greatest disease the mind faces. Robert Greene

stress quotes society has sold you greatest lifes goal life become happy this one chase cost your kapil gupta wisdom

Society has sold you the greatest of lies, that the goal of life is to become “happy.” This one chase has cost you your life. Kapil Gupta

stress quotes almost everything will work again you unplug few minutes including anne lamott wisdom

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott


stress quotes unease anxiety tension worry all forms fear caused much future enough presence eckhart tolle wisdom

Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle

stress quotes when caught busyness world lose connection with one another ourselves jack kornfield wisdom

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves. Jack Kornfield

stress quotes you may have million desires other places doing things are not there here zen proverb wisdom

You may have a million desires to be in other places, doing other things, but you are not there, you are here. Zen proverb

stress quotes high value upon every minute hurry most important objective living unquestionably most dangerous enemy joy hermann hesse wisdom

The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy. Hermann Hesse

stress quotes anxiety worry almost always worse than actual consequences stop worrying start doing james clear wisdom

The anxiety of worry is almost always worse than the actual consequences. Stop worrying and start doing. James Clear

See also: inner peace quotes, pain quotes, simplicity quotes

The Best Stress Quotes

Go to table of contents

The solution is often a good dose of indifference. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t think about the past. Just be here now. Don’t think about the future. Just be here now. Ram Dass

90% of what you’re stressing about right now won’t even matter a year from now. Take a deep breath. Mel Robbins

Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions not outside. Marcus Aurelius

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius

Don’t spin your wheels trying to get everything done. Focus on getting the right things done instead. Greg McKeown

There’s no situation that calls for mild anxiety. Either increase the level of stress to promote action, or forget about it and enjoy life. Johnny Uzan

In a year, 95% of the things that stress you out now you’ll look back and laugh at. The other 5%, you should probably get to work on. Justin Kan

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Lao Tzu

Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others. Paulo Coelho

Daily news and sugar confuse our system in the same manner. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile, Amazon book)

Our civilization, which is lost in doing, knows nothing of Being. It asks: being? What do you do with it?” Eckhart Tolle

We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down to enjoy them when they come. Alan Watts

Stress is not created by the events in your life, but by your reaction to them. James Pierce

Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter. Greg McKeown (Essentialism, Amazon book)

The faster and busier things get, the more we need to build thinking time into our schedule. And the noisier things get, the more we need to build quiet reflection spaces in which we can truly focus. Greg McKeown

When a situation is within your control, take action. When a situation is outside your control, make preparations. James Clear

Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene. Epictetus

Throw out the excess, clean up the mess, say no to stress, and live with less. Joshua Becker

To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections. Dogen

When you become a lover of what is, the war is over. Byron Katie

See also: the best quotes of all time

Part 2. Stress Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Stress Quotes (Dalai Lama, Plato, Montaigne, etc.)

Go to table of contents

Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self. Buddha

An ignorant state, stress is. Yoda

A certain amount of doing nothing, and stopping rushing around, would cool everything. Alan Watts

Compassion and peace of mind bring a sense of confidence that reduce stress and anxiety. 14th Dalai Lama

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

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

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen

Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds. Osho

There are two medicines for all ills: time and silence. Alexander Dumas

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

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. Oprah Winfrey

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse

You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking. Wayne Dyer

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person. Seneca (See also: stoic quotes)

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. Michel de Montaigne

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being. Plato

Self-command is the main elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

More famous quotes

Short Stress Quotes

Go to table of contents

One-liners, short stress quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

Our root is quietude. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

This too shall pass. Thibaut

Let go of what may come. Tilopa

Debt free is stress free. D. Muthukrishnan

Embrace stress, don’t avoid it. Shane Parrish

Make peace with the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

Problems only exist in the human mind. Anthony de Mello

The whole world is not looking at you. Thibaut

Just do your best. Never try to impress. Maxime Lagacé

Need less, worry less. Simple = Beautiful. Thibaut

Tomorrow is overrated. Today is underrated. Thibaut

Detachment naturally leads to tranquility. @TheAncientSage

More short quotes

You may also like: inspirational quotes motivational quotes happiness quotes love quotes life quotes

Inspirational And Motivational Stress Quotes

Go to table of contents

Stop thinking, and end your problems. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

You don’t always have to have something to do. Don’t rush. Conserve some of your resources for yourself. Iyanla Vanzant

Your best self can be found based on how you respond to failure. David Goggins

You know you’re becoming wise when you care more about what you control and less about what you don’t. Maxime Lagacé

Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Joan Borysenko

Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea. @TheStoicEmperor

You are far from the only nervous person in the room. Thibaut

When you have a moment, just listen to the beauty of silence. It has so much to say. Armin Ganguly

Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama. Ram Dass

When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless. Byron Katie

See also: positive quotes

See also: 16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety (healthline.com)

Helpful Stress Quotes

Go to table of contents

We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” Epictetus

It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them…It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. Epictetus

Renew yourself completely every day; do it again, and again, and forever again. Zen proverb

If you feel lost… sit down, close your eyes, breathe, put your hands on your heart, repeat forever. Courtney Carver

Stress exists only in your mind. Peace exists only in the acceptance of the present moment. Maxime Lagacé

Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest. Tilopa

When you need to calm down… Breathe in for 5 counts. Hold for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts. Hold for 5 counts. Repeat the cycle 2 more times. Gabby Bernstein

There are three things you cannot buy. Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you’re rich or not. Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you. Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself. Brunello Cucinelli

Observe a stressful thought. Notice how your shoulders tense, your stomach tightens, you hold your breath. Keep watching that same thought. Don’t push it away, instead change your reaction to it. Breathe deeply, let go, relax your body. You’re okay. It’s just a thought. Breathe. Jason Garner

Stop doing. Start being. It begins with a single thought and a simple statement – I AM. Iyanla Vanzant

Spend a week writing down everything that bothers you. Outrages in the news, personal slights, daily irritations. Read it a month later. How many entries feel important now? Probably not many. Excess reactivity steals happiness and energy. @TheStoicEmperor

Stress and distractions have a mutually reinforcing relationship. They can drive one insane. Slow down, take a deep breath and relax. Pay attention to only one thing at a time. Also, don’t forget to clear mental junk every now and then by meditating for a few minutes. @TheAncientSage

If you find yourself mentally exhausted: change your environment. Unclutter your desk. Take a shower. Go for a a walk. Refresh your mental state. @LifeMathMoney

When you feel overwhelmed, start eliminating all the non-essential things from your life. Clarity brings calm. Darius Foroux

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. Sharon Salzberg

Finding a moment to sit and just do nothing can be very healing, transforming, and nourishing. Thich Nhat Hanh

See also: sections on Stress Management and Meditation (which I highly recommend) or our zen quotes

Funny Stress Quotes

Go to table of contents

Dogs bark at what they cannot understand. Heraclitus

Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction. Unknown

Never make a decision when you are stressed, depressed, or being caressed. Thibaut

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. Albert Einstein

More funny quotes

Deep Stress Quotes (Some Are Hard Truths)

Go to table of contents

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. Lily Tomlin

The difficulty of describing things for Western ears is that people in a hurry cannot feel. Alan Watts

Every kind of fear grows worse by not being looked at. Bertrand Russell (The Conquest of Happiness, Amazon book)

When we don’t choose what’s important, everything seems important. Maxime Lagacé

Awareness is inherently pure like the empty sky. Stress, annoyance, and anger can temporarily occupy its space but can never pollute it. Haemin Sunim

The modern struggle: Lone individuals summoning inhuman willpower, fasting, meditating, and exercising, up against armies of scientists and statisticians weaponizing abundant food, screens, and medicine into junk food, clickbait news, infinite porn, endless games and addictive drugs. Naval Ravikant

Human life is gradually turning from a struggle against suffering into a struggle against pleasure. Gurwinder Bhogal

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

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. Richard Carlson

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

Stress is a state of generalized vulnerability. Luca Dellanna

How do you beat your inner turmoil? You can’t beat it, you can only stop creating it. Thibaut

The calm person makes a choice. The angry person finds that anger has chosen for them. Rage robs us of reason and makes us puppets of our lower instincts. @TheStoicEmperor

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Epictetus

We see striving everywhere inhibited in many ways, struggling everywhere; and thus always suffering; there is no final goal of striving, and therefore no bounds or end to suffering. Arthur Schopenhauer

Most of us live in a post-scarcity world, yet are still running mental algorithms from a resource scare world. Thus we have anxiety, overconsumption and self-torture. Seeing that truth is the first step to liberation. Justin Kan

This world is all attachment. Yet you get worried because you are attached. Neem Karoli Baba

Our real enemy is not man; it’s not another human being. Our real enemy is our ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving, and violence. Thich Nhat Hanh

Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh (The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Amazon book)

We human beings are what we have been for millions of years – colossally greedy, envious, aggressive, jealous, anxious and despairing, with occasional flashes of joy and affection. Jiddu Krishnamurti

To discover and transcend craving, which is the deep cause of all conditioning, is arduous and demands constant awareness. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started. David Allen

More deep quotes

Wise Stress Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

Go to table of contents

Flow with whatever happens and let your mind be free. Zhuangzi

Uncertainty, not outcome, is the root of stress. Naval Ravikant

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. Lao Tzu

The river becomes calm when it reaches the ocean. Find your ocean each day. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t rush. It’s wiser to go slowly in the right direction than fast in the wrong one. Maxime Lagacé

Feeling irritated, restless, afraid, and hopeless is a reminder to listen more carefully. It’s a reminder to stop talking; watch and listen. Pema Chödrön

What you want is to develop a sustainable habit: a stress-free approach to reducing your stress. Greg McKeown

People work out, they stress their body, and their body gets stronger from stress. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Don’t be blindly ambitious or blindly lazy. Find a balance between mindful action and peaceful inaction. @dailyzen

Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life. Andrew J. Bernstein

No desires, no goal, no seeking, no thoughts, neither obtaining, nor rejecting, nor grasping, nor letting go, being free. Taisen Deshimaru

Stress happens when something you care about is at stake. It’s not a sign to run away – it’s a sign to step forward. Kelly McGonigal (The Upside of Stress, Amazon book)

In general, obstacles force your mind to focus and find ways around them. They heighten your mental powers and should be welcomed. Robert Greene

People think peace is positivity, but it’s not. Peace has no opposite, it is a kind of prevailing stillness that is present even in the midst of chaos. Don’t seek positivity. Don’t seek negativity. Accept what is there and find your peace regardless. Thibaut

Short-term thinking makes people desperate, ungenerous, impulsive. Long-term thinking makes people calm, gracious, controlled. The mighty pyramids and cathedrals were built by civilizations with a long time horizon, so it is with the life of a great man. @TheStoicEmperor

We all want comfort and fulfillment. But fulfillment demands progress, and progress is uncomfortable. Decide which one is higher on your values list, and be willing to pay the price. Johnny Uzan

The most important timeframes: A. 10+ years ahead. B. This moment right now. Worries, small thinking, overplanning – they all happen in-between. And neither justifies leaving the present. Johnny Uzan

Being scared isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign something matters. Shane Parrish

The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance. Epicurus

If you understood the nature of your problem, you wouldn’t have one. Byron Katie

More wisdom quotes

See also: Meditation for Stress (headspace.com)

Part 3. Stress Quotes About…

Stress Quotes About Life, Relationships

Go to table of contents

Real friends bring out your best, not your stress. Mel Robbins

You know you’re becoming wise when you care more about doing your best and less about what they think. Maxime Lagacé

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. Zen proverb

The only thing we really have any control over is our own experience. Traleg Rinpoche

Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion. Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Better to live simply and be debt free than to live lavishly and be stressed. James Clear

Stress and meaning are inextricably linked. You don’t stress out about things you don’t care about, and you can’t create a meaningful life without experiencing some stress. Kelly McGonigal (The Upside of Stress)

Not everything requires a response. This is truth for many things in life and almost everything in the news. @TheStoicEmperor

Human beings worry incessantly about their social status. Making every device “socially connected” turned every device into an anxiety machine. The machine becomes symbolic of the set of all people that may be judging you. If “hell is other people” then hell is in our pocket. @TheStoicEmperor

As you would not choose to sail in a large and decorated and gold-laden ship (or ship ornamented with gold), and to be drowned; so do not choose to dwell in a large and costly house and to be disturbed (by cares). Epictetus (Enchiridion, Amazon book)

A brief, warm morning hug with someone we love provides us with a protective layer, insulating us from the stress of the day. Haemin Sunim

So much of our time is spent worrying about the opinions of people that don’t ultimately matter to us. Shane Parrish

See also: relationship quotes, love yourself quotes

Stress Quotes About Work

Go to table of contents

The best cure for worry I’ve ever found is making a list and getting to work. Helena Price Hambrecht

Start from where you are – not where you wish you were. The work you’re doing becomes your path. Ram Dass

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. Simon Sinek

Strangely, when you stop thinking about winning, you are more likely to win because you’d be able to focus 100% on the game instead of worrying about failure. And even if you fail, you didn’t spoil the fun of the game fearing failure all the time. Enjoy the game. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

Creativity needs breaks. Stress is the enemy of creativity. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

Your best work is done when you’re calm, focused and inspired. Your worst when you’re busy, rushed and aiming in many different directions. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t confuse stress with burnout. Feeling overwhelmed sometimes is normal – it signals responsible engagement in meaningful work. Burnout is persistent, impairing emotional exhaustion. It stems from too many demands – and too little control and support. Adam Grant

We need to maintain a balance between our work and the nourishment we need (walking, resting, breathing) or we won’t be very successful. Thich Nhat Hanh

Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Too often we spend our day responding to what is urgent instead of pursuing what is important. Proceed with purpose. James Clear

See also: patience quotes

See also: 6 Ways to Stress Less at Work (psychcentral.com)

Stress Quotes About Happiness, Letting Go

Go to table of contents

Instead of becoming the world’s expert on Buddhism, just let go, let go, let go. Ajahn Sumedho

Your nature is truth, and when you oppose it, you don’t feel like yourself. Stress never feels as natural as peace does. Byron Katie

The goal is not to live a stress-free life. The goal is to live a meaningful life. Maxime Lagacé

To seek happiness is to invite misery. James Pierce

The supreme value is not the future but the present. Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present. Octavio Paz

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything — anger, anxiety, or possessions — we cannot be free. Thich Nhat Hanh

Enjoy every moment. Don’t waste time on the nonessential waste of worrying. Things will work out better than you think if you focus on what’s important right now. Greg McKeown

Keep this thought at the ready at daybreak, and through the day and night—there is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all outside of your sphere of choice, regarding nothing else as your possession. Epictetus

Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment. James Clear

Whence all this hurry to arrive at a state? Are you not already face-to-face with the eternal mystery? Take it easy for a while; just watch the snow falling or the kettle boiling, and not so much hurry. Alan Watts

You need to grab whatever chance of happiness you get, and not worry about other people too much. Haruki Murakami

Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy. E. M. Forster

Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. Kelly McGonigal

The concept that things should be a certain way causes pain in the mind. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

To examine desire is to free oneself from it. James Pierce

See also: letting go quotes

Stress Quotes About Anxiety, Worrying, Control, Sadness

Go to table of contents

Worry is the misuse of intelligence. Thibaut

To me, ‘busy’ implies that the person is out of control of their life. Derek Sivers

We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present. Marianne Williamson

The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. Ram Dass

The quiet appreciation of the total situation and its inherent possibilities steadily moves things toward resolution. Ram Dass

It’s strange to realize most control freaks seem unhappy, worried and sick. Maxime Lagacé

Your inward conflicts express themselves in outward disasters. Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is very important that we do not try to run away from our painful feelings. We can recognize, accept, embrace, and look deeply. Thich Nhat Hanh

Being too self-centred can give rise to anxiety and depression. An effective antidote is to cultivate a sense of altruism, taking the whole of humanity into account. Appreciating the oneness of humanity leads us to recognise our essential equality as human beings. 14th Dalai Lama

Stress happens when your mind resists what is. Dan Millman

As others grown more intelligent under stress, I grow heavy, as if I were an animal on a chain. Lillian Hellman

All striving comes from lack, from a dissatisfaction with one’s condition, and is thus suffering as long as it is not satisfied; but no satisfaction is lasting; instead, it is only the beginning of a new striving. Arthur Schopenhauer

If you look carefully, you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy. Anthony de Mello

People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. James Allen

We waste our time and cause ourselves needless anxiety if we concern ourselves with things over which we have no control. William B. Irvine (A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, Amazon book)

Most of the worries are generated by the mind automatically, without your permission. The default state of the mind is to be concerned about something all the time. A person remains a prisoner of his thoughts unless he creates a distance between himself and his mind. @TheAncientSage

Worry less and strive to reduce your fears. Years from now, you’ll shake your head at the way minor matters used to trouble you. Thibaut

Drifting is the surest path to depression that I know. Focus and action are the fastest way out. Kamal Ravikant

No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen. Alan Watts

More anxiety quotes, sadness quotes

Stress Quotes About Thoughts, Mind

Go to table of contents

In order to see the path, you have to be very quiet and stop thinking. Ram Dass

Train your mind to see something good in everything. Buddhist proverb

We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds. Pema Chödrön

The only way to “find” peace and happiness is to see how your mind works and how uncontrollable it is. Maxime Lagacé

We can’t control what thoughts and emotions arise within us, nor can we control the universal truth that everything changes. But we can learn to step back and rest in the awareness of what’s happening. That awareness can be our refuge. Sharon Salzberg

There’s a huge amount of suffering that is generated not by the actual challenges in life but by the fictitious problems that the mind generates. Eckhart Tolle

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances. Andrew J. Bernstein

Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is. Eckhart Tolle

When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses — not your long-term goals — will guide your choices. Kelly McGonigal (The Willpower Instinct)

A mind that worries about the past is distracted, and a mind that worries about the future is delusional. Cheng Yen

Most of the time we’re living in our minds; we’re living in memories, plans, reflections, judgments; the mind is just continually presenting thoughts, and we’re buying them. Then we lose the moment; we’re just off with the thought. Ram Dass

So many people don’t live for today. They are completely consumed with the future, and yet it is how we live today that creates our future. Rhonda Byrne

Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses. Thich Nhat Hanh (You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Amazon book)

No matter which corner of the world you travel to, you take the same mind with you everywhere. If the internal is full of conflict, no external place will bring you lasting peace. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

I don’t let go of my thoughts — I meet them with inquiry; then they let go of me. Byron Katie

Fear is the result of an unquestioned past imagined as a future. Byron Katie

Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop? Byron Katie

There is no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts. Wayne Dyer

See also: thought of the day

Quotes About Stress Management, Dealing With Stress

Go to table of contents

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. Shunryu Suzuki

Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle

Fools aim at ten things. The wise aim at one. Maxime Lagacé

If you don’t know what’s most important right now then the most important thing right now is to figure out what’s most important right now. Greg McKeown

Prayer by itself is not sufficient to bring about peace of mind. What is much more effective is coming to understand the workings of the mind and learning how to tackle the mental afflictions that disturb it. 14th Dalai Lama

Just as rich fields must not be forced — for they will quickly lose their fertility if never given a break — so constant work on the anvil will fracture the force of the mind. But it regains its powers if it is set free and relaxed for a while. Seneca

The key is to quiet your mind while in mental hell and embrace whatever obstacle is in front of you with open arms. We must learn to conserve energy and to control the emotional and mental stresses of our setbacks. David Goggins

When sitting in meditation, say, “That’s not my business!” with every thought that comes by. Ajahn Chah

On how to get a good night’s sleep when full of stress and anxiety? 1. Do a hard work out. When your heart rate is pumping and you are trying to catch your breath, you tend to forget about the stress for a few minutes. 2. Eat a good meal. 3. Go to sleep. James Clear

Breathing is a powerful tool for regulating your emotions. Deep breathing is a way to summon energy and relax in stressful situations. Johnny Uzan

Sprint, rest, repeat is more effective and sustainable than being 80% on all the time. Interval training is a great way to train your mind and body in this “turn on/turn off” mechanic. Johnny Uzan

Being alone with pain and stress isn’t natural. Needing connection, emotional safety, and support doesn’t mean something is wrong with you, it means something is right with you. Shane Parrish

If you are stressed, do this: 1 hour of intense, hard exercise (strength training, sprints, running, martial arts), followed by 30 minutes of relaxing, quiet time (reading, meditation, sauna, bath). I guarantee you will feel better mentally, emotionally and physically. Jack Coulson

If you’re feeling off one day, before you panic: Sit in indirect sun for 30 min, drink a liter of water (+ electrolytes if you have), 10 mins of breathing/meditation, go for a 30 min walk, lift weights for 45 mins, go to sleep early (CDB/magnesium), epsom salt bath. Taylor Burrowes

Learn to manage your energy. Conserve your energy. And only use your energy on the things that matter. Jose Rosado

Concentrating 100% on our breathing or our steps liberates us. We become a free person in just a few seconds, free to transform the habit energies of our ancestors. Thich Nhat Hanh

If you have a breathing room, you have a sanctuary, a place where you can return to yourself and restore your sense of peace. Thich Nhat Hanh

When our work and life has a spiritual dimension, we’re able to sustain ourselves, take care of ourselves, and avoid burning out. Thich Nhat Hanh

Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Thich Nhat Hanh

Through practice, you no longer impose your thinking onto reality, and you can experience everything as it really is: as pure grace. Byron Katie

See also: health quotes, nature quotes

See also: Dealing with Stress – Ten Tips (skillsyouneed.com)

Quotes About Meditation

Go to table of contents

Here are some quotes about meditation. I included this section since, for me, meditation has been a true life-changer in terms of personal well-being. Give it a shot.

Meditation helps other parts of your life become more simple. As you enter quieter spaces you will see how clinging to desires has made your life complicated. Ram Dass

Though you can start meditation at any time, it’s harder if your life is chaotic, if you’re feeling paranoid, if you’re overwhelmed with responsibilities. But even under these conditions, meditation will help you to clear things up a bit. Ram Dass

Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing. Conscious breathing stops your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Practice meditation every day. Why? Because meditating seven days a week is not 1+1+1+1+1+1+1 = 7. Instead, it is 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 = 28. When you meditate daily, your ‘progress’ begins to snowball. Thibaut

Meditation is not about getting rid of all your thoughts; it’s learning not to get so lost in them that you forget what your goal is. Don’t worry if your focus isn’t perfect when meditating. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again. Kelly McGonigal (The Willpower Instinct)

Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-awareness. Kelly McGonigal (The Willpower Instinct)

Meditation is nothing more than increasing your awareness. You can do that any place, any time. Next time you feel overwhelmed, focus on your breathing pattern. No need to change it. Just go with it and give it your attention. Darius Foroux

You can sleep 8 hours, you can train every day, you can eat healthy, but if you don’t meditate, it’s hard to see clearly. Maxime Lagacé

Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation isn’t about eliminating stress; it’s about managing it. headspace.com

More meditation quotes

See also: 7 Ways Meditation Can Help You Reduce and Manage Stress (chopra.com)

Part 4. Conclusion

Go to table of contents

Most of the time, life isn’t an emergency. Much of the time, things will be fine. Save the rush for when it is needed. Thibaut

Call to action: Watch Headspace | Mini Meditation | Let Go of Stress (1 minute YouTube video)