It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or how happy you consider yourself to be, there are going to be days when you’re going to feel completely stressed out.
Stress is just a part of life, and it’s something that every person has to deal with at one point or another. But that doesn’t make it any easier! Stress can feel overwhelming and when you’re dealing with it, it can be hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling stressed, all you really need is a reminder that you’ll be through the tunnel soon and that light is right around the corner.
Well, consider this your reminder! Here are some helpful quotes to read the next time you’re feeling stressed—as to remind yourself that no matter how stressful today is, there’s always a stress-free tomorrow on the horizon:
Quotes for when you’re stressed about work
Chances are, you spend more time at work than anywhere else—and because of that, work is probably one of the biggest sources of stress and overwhelms your life.
Here are a few quotes to help you work through your work-related stress:
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.” –Bertrand Russell
“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.” – Anne Lamott
"Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done, is not one of them." — Mike Dooley
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
“You can do anything—but not everything.” – David Allen
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Quotes for when you’re stressed about the future
Not knowing what’s going to happen next can be seriously stressful (What’s the next best move for me? Which path should I take? How is this all going to work out?)—which is why so many people stress about the future.
If you’re feeling stressed about what the future holds, give these quotes a read:
“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
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” – Nelson DeMille
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye
“It's a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” –Paulo Coelho
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Quotes for when you’re stressed about past mistakes
You’re a human being. And, like all human beings, you’re going to make mistakes—probably a lot of them.
If you’re feeling stress over a mistake, a bad decision, or a “failure,” here are some quotes to help you let go of the past and move forward:
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“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
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” – John Newton
“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
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Quotes for when you’re stressed about your relationships
Your relationships with your partner, friends, family, colleagues, and co-workers can go a long way in diffusing stressful situations (is there anything better or more stress-reducing than someone you care about listening to you vent?!). But when you face challenges in those relationships, they can also be the driving force behind those stressful situations.
If your relationships are making you feel more stressed than usual, here are a few quotes to help you get through the stress (and get your relationships back on track):
“Do not listen with the intent to reply. But listen with the intent to understand.” – Stephen R. Covey
“Choose to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. Love is a commitment, not a feeling.” – Dave Willis
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A good way to overcome stress is to help others out of theirs.” – Dada J. P. Vaswani
“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
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” –Mary Oliver
Sometimes all it takes to take the stress out of relationships is a simple peace offering—like a card. Get started with one of Canva’s card templates, like the Blue White Minimalist Grid Apology Card or the Pink Yellow Banana Bunch Thank You Postcard.
Quotes for all types of stress
Sometimes, you can feel totally stressed out—but have no idea where the stress is coming from. And when you can’t pinpoint the source, it can be hard to figure out how to deal with the stress.
Here are some helpful quotes to pull you out of stress when you can’t quite put a finger on what’s stressing you out in the first place:
“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov
“Even too much sunshine can be devastating, while only with rain can growth occur. Accept both as part of the growing process in the garden of life.” – Donald S. Neviaser
“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” – Robert Eliot
“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago.” – E. Joseph Cossman
“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” – Joan Borysenko
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee