20 Quotes on Stress Management

Recently I wrote posts about a Stressful Life Style vs Low-Stress Life StyleEustress vs Distress, the General Adaptation Syndrome and 6 Myths About Stress. Whilst I was writing these post, I was reminded about the video – Stress – Portrait of a Killer. It goes through some research about how stress can effect our lives.


20 Quotes on Stress Management

Following are 20 quotes on stress management that I hope will inspire you to manage stress effectively –

  1. “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
  2. “Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” ~ Hans Selye
  3. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” ~ Bruce Lee
  4. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~ William James
  5. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
  7. “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
  8. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  9. “It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” ~ Paulo Coelho
  10. “Don’t stress the could haves, if it should have, it would have.” ~ Unknown
  11. “You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin
  12. “Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” ~ Nelson DeMille
  13. “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” ~ John De Paola
  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  18. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lou Holtz
  19. “We can boost our immune systems by strengthening our social networks and decreasing stress.” ~ Jane McGonigal
  20. “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese proverb


Over to You…

What is your favourite quote on stress management and how to transform it? Feel free to share the best quotes on stress you have found. If it is not here, please feel free to share it below in the comments section.


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  • Leigh

    Reply Reply May 6, 2022

    These are such good quotes to keep in mind. As a family caregiver, I’ll be keeping these in my back pocket for some daily meditations.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply May 7, 2022

      Glad you found them useful Leigh 🙂

  • Eva

    Reply Reply June 11, 2021

    I agree that stress has a very bad effect on a person’s health. It is clear that it is impossible to remove stress from life. Therefore, you need to try to minimize its amount.
    It is also important to be able to unload thoughts and relax. This helps to reduce nervous tension. Many experiments prove that physical health problems arise from mental problems. It is a running in a circle and a continuous process. To control your both states and be in harmony, you need to reduce stress.

  • Paige

    Reply Reply September 16, 2020

    Thank you for these quotes! I was looking for some catchy phrases to use in a round-about way for my next blog on stress management and these are great!

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 25, 2020

      Glad they were useful for you Paige 🙂

      • Shai Mayer

        Reply Reply December 2, 2020

        The quotes you share, are truly amazing and encouraging. Yet, the ones I most love is, #17 and #18; one, of only being in control of what’s happening inside of us. And, the way we carry/handle our hardships is what makes the difference.

        • Jane

          Reply Reply December 6, 2020

          Thanks Shai for sharing and glad you enjoyed the quotes 🙂

  • Lenka Filická

    Reply Reply March 31, 2020

    I really like your quotes, they´re inspirational to people who go through emotional problems. Uplifting reading experience to those who feel down.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 1, 2020

      Glad you liked them Lenka!

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