Famous Quotes on Stress and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Stress Management

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Famous Quotes on Stress and Well-Being

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. If we respond positively to stressful situations, we can learn and grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. But too much stress can harm our well-being in many ways – from causing physical illness to overwhelming us mentally. These famous quotes about stress and well-being can help you manage stress wisely:

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

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” - Hans Selye

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein

“God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” - Kelly Clarkson

“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

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’ - Eckhart Tolle

“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

“It’s not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.” - Hans Selye

“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

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

“Faced with stress, too many people feel they have nowhere to turn to, that they don’t have access to the kind of friendships or communities where they can easily and openly share their problems and worries.” - Daisaku Ikeda

“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

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” - Ziggy Marley

“The main way to reduce stress in the workplace is by picking the right people.” - Jesse Schell

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” - George Burns

“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

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” - Peter Marshall

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

“Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. You’ll look and feel way better for it.” - Suzanne Somers

“Stress is simply the adaptation of our bodies and minds to change.” - Peter G. Hanson, M.D.

“Worry and stress affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects heart action.” - Charles W. Mayo, M.D.

“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

“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

“You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come, and a positive outlook is what gets you through.” - Marie Osmond

“There is no such thing as a stress-free life. No evidence has ever been presented which suggests that a stress-free life can ever be achieved. Stress can be managed, relieved and lessened, but never eliminated.” - Gudjon Bergmann

“All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

“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

“The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress.” - Marianne Williamson

“God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other." - Reinhold Niebuhr

“‘What if?’ statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control.” - Travis Bradberry

“Problems can be experienced as … a chance for renewal rather than stress.” - Marilyn Ferguson

“As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.” - Rodney King 

“There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” - Henry Kissinger

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