Stress management (quotes)


What is stress?


Stress is a state of mental strain


At its heart, stress is the misplaced belief that everything is urgent and an emergency

  • Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.  Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind
  • Like steam from a cup of hot tea that fogs our glasses, false urgency of matters at hand blurs our vision to important things in the distance. Terri Guillemets
  • I try to avoid stress — it makes me feel like I’m rubber-stamping all my organs “Urgent!” Terri Guillemets
  • Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply? Terri Guillemets

We live in a society that is addicted to stress and considers it the norm

  • Stress is not a reaction. Rather it is the price we pay for the “civilized” life we live which by the way is not civilized at all. Yovko Bonev
  • In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin. Agnes Repplier
  • Stress is a mental illness that is accepted in social life. Meera Bolton
  • Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. Richard Carlson
  • There are very few certainties that touch us all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardship and stress at some point. James C. Dobson

We pay a high price for too much stress in our lives

  • Ranging from irritability and lack of concentration, to muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and even physical illnesses, the symptoms of stress are all too familiar to many of us. Amanda Harvey
  • 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. Terri Guillemets
  • To be “on edge,” you are literally not centered — not being in your spiritual center. Carrie Latet
  • We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves. Edward George Bulwer- Lytton
  • Stress leads to poor health, poor decision-making, poor thinking, and poor socialization. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea. Frederick Saunders
  • Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think. Bill Clinton
  • Being anxious, or in a painful rush of any kind, kills the possibility of meeting anyone with compassion. Guy Finley
  • Many companies have long contended that stress in the home causes productivity loss in the market place.. and it does. But research now reveals that stress on the job causes stress at home. In other words, they feed off each other. Zig Ziglar
  • Stress is the heart’s jailer. Kall
  • …restless thoughts, that like a deadly swarm of hornets arm’d, no sooner found alone, but rush upon me thronging.. Milton
  • Pressure and stress is the common cold of the psyche. Andrew Denton
  • The bow too tensely strung is easily broken. Publius Syrus
  • According to 3 different 10-year studies, emotional stress is a stronger predictor of death from cancer and heart disease than smoking.  Steve Pavlina
  • Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.  Hans Selye
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The advantages of stress management


Learning to manage stress is vital for a healthy, happy life…

  • Stress is not new, of course, but as the pace of life increases, so does the amount of stress that many of us experience. Learning to deal with stress, and reduce it to a manageable level, is vital in creating a healthy, happy, and balanced life. Amanda Harvey
  • The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body. Harry J. Johnson
  • A life that finds joy and peace to balance stress and strife will increase its opportunity for health.  J. Goldwag
  • 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 F. Burns
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… for if your teeth are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched too

  • If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched. Terri Guillemets
  • In most cases stress is the root cause of death; illnesses are just the wrap up. Yordan Yordanov
  • Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older. Hans Selye
  • Stress is poison. Agavé Powers
  • Worry and stress affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects heart action. Charles W. Mayo, M.D
  • You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched. Phaedrus
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Managing stress can also be important to our success

  • The key to winning is poise under stress. Paul Brown

Reducing your stress can benefit others too

  • Any time one person makes an effort to contact a deeper part of him or herself, balance his or her emotions, and deflect the stress momentum, others benefit. As more individuals learn to maintain their poise and balance and refrain from adding to the incoherence around them, they help to counterbalance the frequency of stress. Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Stress isn’t all bad


Realise that some stress can be constructive at times if you manage it effectively…

  • A certain amount of stress can act as a catalyst for growth, improvement, and even keep life from being boring. Amanda Harvey
  • To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein
  • Everybody knows what it is. The nonspecific response of the body to any demand put upon it. Stress is the spice of life. Angel Mathews
  • Stress is the fire of life. Wali Muhammad
  • Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you. Donald Tubesing
  • Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. Bill Phillips
  • Periods of tranquillity are seldom profilic of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. Alfred North Whitehead
  • A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.
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… but only if you channel the stress in a positive way

  • Stress is often misplaced creative energy looking for purpose and expression.  Michelle James
  • The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training. Frank Herbert
  • Stress is poison if you drink too much of it, and neglect to balance a little stress with a whole lot of mental and physical nourishment. Amanda Harvey
  • The Mind can go either direction under stress–toward positive or negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training. Frank Herbert

Stop rushing and learn to become calm


Stop rushing and consciously slow down

  • Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers
  • Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. Douglas Pagels
  • There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. John De Paola
  • For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. Lily Tomlin
  • Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Nothing can be more useful to you than a determination not to be hurried. Henry David Thoreau
  • If you insist on being in a hurry, you’ll move very quickly — and often get nowhere. Take a breath. Find your peace.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • Life is already too short to waste on speed. Edward Abbey
  • Hurry: A visible form of worry   Arnold Glasgow
  • I have no time to be in a hurry. Henry David Thoreau
  • Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look once in awhile, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller
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The irony is that hurrying achieves very little at the end of the day…

  • The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
  • Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste. Benjamin Franklin
  • Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers
  • There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush. Everybody should be free to go slow. Robert Frost
  • Don’t rush. Go slowly. Be present. Rushing through our days causes difficulties and extra effort. Leo Babauta
  • So surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, just so surely may you know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will instantly cut your connection with the universal mind. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Time is like that: cussed when we try to speed up, a dear friend when we slow down. Richard Koch
  • The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. Lily Tomlin
  • Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste they hurry right past it. Soren Kierkegaard
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… while calmness and tranquility achieve much

  • Calmness is the cradle of power. G. Holland
  • Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free-floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer
  • Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation. Stephen C. Paul
  • The constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy. Kerry Gleeson
  • 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
  • The power of calm: In matters of the mind, the more mental effort you apply to any given situation, the less will be the result. Richard Carlson
  • The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Your ability to be productive is directly proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
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Therefore, make your inner peace and tranquility a priority

  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. Aesop, Fables
  • No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • 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. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace. Marianne Williamson
  • 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. … of a hectic life. Jill Bolte Taylor
  • The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Joan Borysenko
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Remember, tension is not who you really are

  • Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.  Chinese Proverb

Stress is an internal response that you can choose to change


Stress is your internal response to what happens externally – and you can choose that response …

  • Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose. Maureen Killoran
  • Stress is the physical and psychological effects we experience as a result of the way we react to changes in the surrounding environment. Pavel Stoyanov
  • The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. Wayne Dyer
  • 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
  • The irony is this: Our bodies react to stress in exactly the same way whether or not we have a good reason for being stressed. The body doesn’t care if we’re right or wrong. Doc Childre and Howard Martin
  • Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. Hans Selye
  • While situations, encounters or events may seem intrinsically “stressful,” it is truly how an individual perceives and reacts to an event that determines whether or not the stress response is activated. Institute of HeartMath
  • The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself. Mark Messier

… especially by choosing how you will perceive any given situation

  • How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish. Catherine Pulsifer
  • 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 Antoninus
  • Things could be a lot worse, the stress of the situation always could be worse, but I am alive and I have a lot to be thankful for –  so I shall not waste my days with stress and frustrations.  Life is too short.  Catherine Pulsifer
  • Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. Hans Selye
  • When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall
  • No one can create anger or stress within you. Only you can do that by virtue of how you process your world. Wayne Dyer
  • It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens. Pema Chodron
  • There are only two ways to handle tense situations: you can change them, or you can change the way you look at them. Paul Wilson
  • Stress is the body and mind’s response to any pressure that disrupts its normal balance. It occurs when our perceptions of events don’t meet our expectations and we don’t manage our reaction to the disappointment. As a response, stress expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain or frustration, that throws off our physiological and psychological equilibrium, keeping us out- of-sync. Doc Childre and Howard Martin
  • The solution to stress management lies in how we perceive the stresses in our lives. It’s not really the events taking place in our lives that cause stress. Stress depends entirely on how we perceive the events that happen to us. The good news is that since stress is a response—not the event that triggers the response—we can control it. Once we shift our perception of a situation and see it with more clarity, the stressful reaction can be reduced or released. Doc Childre and Howard Martin
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Manage your stress by changing your thinking

  • The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James
  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit
  • The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein
  • Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain
  • How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish. Catherine Pulsifer
  • There’s no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts. Wayne Dyer
  • No one can escape stress, but you can learn to cope with it. Practice positive thinking. . . seize control in small ways.  Adele Scheele
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Here are some skills, behaviours and activities to manage stress


1.  Focus on just one thing at a time

  • There are hundreds of tasks we feel we must accomplish in the day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains of sand passing through the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical and mental structure. Ted Bergernine
  • One grain of sand at a time. One task at a time. Dale Carnegie
  • Learn to be in the moment, focusing on one task at a time, and immersing yourself completely in that task. Leo Babauta
  • We never receive more than we can handle, and there is always just one thing to do. Byron Katie
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2.  Take constructive action to solve what’s stressing you

  • When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable. Greg Anderson
  • Worrying can lead to stress. What do we accomplish when we worry? Focus your mind on actions rather than on worrying! Action brings less stress. Catherine Pulsifer
  • Much of the stress you experience may be created by recognizing a problem and doing nothing about it. Wess Roberts
  • To have less stress in your life – deal with your challenges. Catherine Pulsifer
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3.  Take time to renew yourself and just be

  • A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies
  • Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. George MacDonald
  • Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. Judith Hanson Lasater
  • How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward. Spanish Proverb
  • Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse. Christopher Morley
  • It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. Jerome K. Jerome
  • There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers. M. Tomlinson
  • Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. J. Lubbock
  • Take your seat on the shore. Listen to the ancient voice in the waves. Taste the salt of life on your tongue. Run your fingers through the eternal sand. Breathe deeply. If you find yourself worrying about your cell phone and emails, if you find yourself feeling guilty that you should be doing “something important,” breathe deeply again. And again. Breathe deeply until every fabric of your being is reminded that this, being here, is your top priority. This is peace. This is wisdom. The work is a means to living, but this is the living. Brian Vaszily
  • Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Pooh’s Little Instruction Book
  • The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life. Robert Maclver
  • Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. Douglas Pagels
  • The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Jim Goodwin
  • Take the time to come home to yourself every day. Robin Casarjean
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4.  Exercise

  • Michael Craig Miller, M.D., summarizes what scientists have been uncovering for several decades, regular training ‘improves your mood, decreases anxiety, improves sleep and resilience in the face of stress and raises self- esteem.’ Shawn Phillips
  • Regular exercise has proven benefits of releasing endorphins, which have a calming effect on the brain and in your body. Richard Carlson
  • Get some exercise. If you don’t, you’re missing out on an easy and effective way to become happier, less reactive, and more peaceful. Richard Carlson
  • Exercising several times a week can pay off in better ability to concentrate, reduced tension, a general feeling of increased well- being and ability to cope with life’s ups and downs, and even better quality sleep; a very worthwhile return on your investment of time. Amanda Harvey
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5.  Breathe deeply

  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Etty Hillesum
  • As we free our breath (with diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go our body tensions. Gay Hendricks
  • Take in a deep, slow breath. Let your attention stay on this breath. Hold the breath in for 5 seconds, then slowly exhale and pause for another 5 seconds at the end of the exhale. Repeat a few times if you like. Leo Babauta
  • Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Natalie Goldberg
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6.  Learn to consciously relax and let go of physical tension

  • You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. Steve Maraboli
  • To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. Lawrence Robinson
  • There is no way to get dark out of a room other than to let light in. The only way to get stress out of your being is to let in relaxation. You cannot be relaxed and stressful at the same time. Josè Silva and Burt Goldman
  • Relaxing is like playing an instrument. To become proficient, we must practice, practice, practice.
  • Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques isn’t difficult, but it does take practice. Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. If you’d like to get even more stress relief, aim for 30 minutes to an hour. Lawrence Robinson
  • Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.  Ray Bradbury
  • At times of great stress it is especially necessary to achieve a complete freeing of the muscles. Konstantin Stanislavsky
  • There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Sylvia Plath
  • The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Sydney J. Harris
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7.  Take up meditation

  • Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned. Wayne Dyer
  • Meditating for just 20 minutes a day has been proven to dramatically lower levels of stress and create an enhanced sense of well- being. Amanda Harvey
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8.  Get spiritual

  • By altering the neurochemistry of the brain, spiritual practices bestow a sense of peace, happiness, and security, while decreasing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. Andrew Newberg
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9.  Express your feelings, even if just through journaling

  • 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
  • Don’t be stressed, express. Michelle Chang
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10.  Take part in stress busting activities

  • The next time you’re feeling stressed and about to reach for the promise of relief, consider trying a more effective stress reliever instead. The most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby. (The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.) Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  • The main difference between the strategies that work and the strategies that don’t? Rather than releasing dopamine and relying on the promise of reward, the real stress relievers boost mood- enhancing brain chemicals like serotonin and GABA, as well as the feelgood hormone oxytocin. They also help shut down the brain’s stress response, reduce stress hormones in the body, and induce the healing relaxation response. Because they aren’t exciting like the dopamine releasers, we tend to underestimate how good they will make us feel. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

11.  Take time to play and have more fun

  • When we laugh and play, our body releases endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Ellie Katz
  • Play produces feelings of pleasure which help you escape from two major creativity killers – stress and self- consciousness. Jordan Ayan
  • One of the other great ways to manage stress is making time to have fun in whatever way appeals to you. Make fun a much higher priority on your list, and notice the way your stress levels become more manageable. Amanda Harvey
  • If you know life is supposed to be fun, you know more than almost anybody else knows. Abraham-Hicks
  • If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right. Bob Basso
  • Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. Eileen Caddy
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12.  Have realistic expectations

  • Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to- day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” Marilu Henner
  • We often create enormous amounts of stress with our ridiculous expectations of ourselves and with the belief that we can, and should be able to, control everything that is going on around us. Amanda Harvey
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13.  Spend time in nature

  • Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure. Patch Adams
  • Spending time in nature both reduces stress and enhances creativity. Salli Rasberry
  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir
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14.  Create greater self-discipline and self-control

  • People with high self-control consistently report less stress in their lives. They use their self- control not to get through crises but to avoid them. They give themselves enough time to finish a project; they take the car to the shop before it breaks down; they stay away from all- you- can- eat buffets. They play offense instead of defence. Roy Baumeister
  • Reshape yourself through the power of your will. Those who have conquered themselves live in peace, alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, praise and blame. Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
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Here are some attitudes and mental shifts to manage stress


1.  Let go of worry for it achieves nothing and wastes energy

  • If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good. Śāntideva
  • It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized. Wayne Dyer
  • Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. Astrid Alauda
  • A man who suffers or stresses before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. Seneca
  • Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Benjamin Franklin
  • I’m an old man and I’ve had many troubles, most of which never happened”. Mark Twain
  • We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Marcus Annaeus Seneca

2.  Get perspective on your problems

  • When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in five years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go. Catherine Pulsifer
  • If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. Joseph Cossman
  • Two rules for stress management: Rule one: Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Rule two: It’s all small stuff.  Robert Elliot
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little.” Dale Carnegie
  • Few things matter much; most things do not matter at all. Bishop Leadbeater
  • The greatest cause of ulcers is mountain-climbing over molehills. Maxwell Maltz
  • If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire- then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Robert Fulghum
  • If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times. Dean Smith
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3.  Embrace change, don’t resist it

  • Future Shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. Alvin Toffler
  • Stress is simply the adaptation of our bodies and minds to change; and change, as we noted, is about the only constant left in the workplace. Peter G. Hanson, M.D.
  • 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
  • Stress is the resistance to what’s happening right now. As we allow ourselves to open to this moment fully, there is absolutely no stress. Stephan Rechtschaffen
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4.  Stop being so busy just for the sake of it

  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates
  • Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. Timothy Ferriss
  • It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective. Stephen Covey
  • The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much farther. Sir Heneage Ogilvie
  • Today we live in a world that judges its achievements by speed and busyness. … We are so busy making things happen that we have little time left to think about the value of what is happening. We urgently need people who concentrate on the meaning of life rather than simply the speed. Joan Chittister
  • Besides the noble act of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. Lin Yutang
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5.  Don’t take yourself, your life and especially your work so seriously

  • One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. Bertrand Russell
  • The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing should be taken seriously. Samuel Butler
  • Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. Brendan Gill
  • Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Life is too important to take too seriously. Richard Carlson

6.  Don’t allow your “to do” list to unduly stress you

  • Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone. Susan Mitchell
  • Stress is the state of mind that uses daily tasks to create a mountain impossible to conquer. Margret S.
  • Remind yourself that when you die, your “in basket” won’t be empty. Richard Carlson
  • If you’re obsessed with getting everything done, you’ll never have a sense of well-being! In reality, almost everything can wait.   Richard Carlson
  • If you remind yourself that the purpose of life isn’t to get it all done but to enjoy each step along the way and live a life filled with love, it’s far easier to control your obsession with completing your list of things to do. Richard Carlson
  • There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much it’s getting done. David Allen

7.  Be more realistic

  • God didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?  

8.  Get your perspective right on what is truly important in life

  • If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. Doug Larson
  • A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward. George Jean Nathan
  • I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear. Steve Maraboli
  • PerspectivePut first things first

9.  Embrace excellence but shun perfectionism

  • Believing that you must do something perfectly is a recipe for stress, and you’ll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it. Steve Pavlina
  • Perfectionism

10.  Live more in the present moment

  • The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha
  • By being more present, being here, you are far less stressed.
  • Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you want to arrive at your goal more than you want to be doing what you are doing, you become stressed. Eckhart Tolle
  • Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there,” or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • When there is stress, it is usually a sign that the ego has returned, and you are cutting yourself off from the creative power of the universe. Eckhart Tolle
  • Live in the present

11.  Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not

  • Anything that keeps you away from being yourself causes stress. Maya Tatareva
  • The major cause of stress is the inability of people to discover their real nature. Discover your gifts, follow them and you will never feel stressed. Pavel Stoyanov
  • Be who you are

12.  Keep your sense of humour

  • Keep your sense of humor. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you’re supposed to enjoy. Amy Alcott
  • Experts who measure such things say the relaxation response after a good laugh lasts up to 45 minutes.  Jim Hartness
  • Don’t get stressed, get funny!
  • Humour

13.  Love more

  • The point of balance is the heart. It’s the foundation on which to build. Activating heart frequencies by loving and caring will balance your system, bringing in peace in the moment. It’s the best antidote for restoring balance and alleviating stress. Doc Childre and Sara Paddison
  • Stress is inner biofeedback, signalling you that frequencies are fighting within your system. The purpose of stress isn’t to hurt you, but to let you know it’s time to go back to the heart and start loving. Sara Paddison
  • Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love. Prem Prakash
  • Love

On a lighter note

  • Don’t forget that alcohol helps to remove the stress, the bra, the panties and many other problems.
  • Each day should have a clearly marked emergency exit sign. Dr. SunWolf
  • Feeling stressed out? Make a nice cup of hot tea and then spill it in the lap of whoever’s bugging you.
  • I eat so poorly during the stressful part of my day I need to have a vegetable orgy for dinner just to make up for it. Carrie Latet
  • I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. Jennifer Yane
  • I’ve tried yoga, but I find stress less boring.
  • If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.
  • If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation. Jean Kerr
  • Looking to any angry, anxious, or otherwise stressed emotional state to help you sort out the pain you’re in is like trying to organize your monthly bills by throwing them into a blender. Guy Finley
  • Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. Jane Wagner
  • Stress is the confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it.
  • Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.
  • Stress is your body’s way of saying you haven’t worked enough unpaid overtime.  Scott Adams
  • Studies find top 3 most stressful moments in people’s lives: death, divorce, and properly pronouncing “Worcestershire sauce.” Tony Hsieh
  • The accent may be on youth, but the stress is still on parents.
  • The golf swing is among the most stressful and unnatural acts in sports short of cheering for the Yankees.  Brad Faxon
  • The proper way to use a stress ball is to throw it at the last person to piss you off.
  • There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full. Henry Kissinger
  • Ways to Relieve Stress #10. Make up a language and ask people for directions.  Stewart Francis