Let’s face it: we encounter stressful situations every day! The secret is to manage stress in a way that keeps your body calm and relaxed, even in the face of chaos. Here are 33 uplifting stress quotes to encourage stress relief and hep you start your day out with a positive mindset.

Positive Stress Quotes

You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin

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

William James

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

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski

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Stress Quotes for Positivity

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.

Anne Lamott

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King

Smiling can be infectious in a workplace to help reduce stress, to help teamwork, to defuse high-pressure situations. The more you smile, the more people will smile back.

Byron Pulsifer

 Tension is a habit. Relaxing is a habit. Bad habits can be broken, good habits formed.

William James

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Stress Relief Quotes

There is no such thing as a stress-free life. But you can choose to live a life free from the bondage of chronic stress.

Sarah Gibson

 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

 These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

Najwa Zebian

Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.

Renee Jain

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Henry Kissinger

 Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Thich Nhat Hanh

There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

James Carroll

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

Hermann Hesse

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.

Mark Black

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Dealing with Stress Quotes

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen Covey

 It’s not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.

Viggo Mortensen

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.

Bill Phillips

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. 

Lou Holtz

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Stress is the trash of modern life–we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.

Danzae Pace

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

The Truth About Stress Quotes

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 your circumstances.

Andrew Bernstein

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

Hans Selye

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Mental health awareness doesn’t mean fighting stress, anxiety, depression and other everyday mental health issues, rather it means consciously modulating the habits that intensify those issues. Once you are in control of your habits, instead of checking your habits, you would automatically be in a much better shape, both mentally and physically.

Abhijit Naskar

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 Botte Taylor

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

Marcus Aurelius

Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose.

Maureen Killoran

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

Kahlil Gibran

 You can do anything, but not everything.

David Allen

What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.

Maya Angelou

Are you looking for more ways to manage stress and feel more calm every day? You may want to check out the article “13 Ways to Manage Stress Naturally”

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