7 Quotes To Relieve Stress: The Verbal Motivation To Get You Through

7 Quotes To Relieve Stress: The Verbal Motivation To Get You Through

You see them plastered on the wall of every workplace you can think of; little posters of a calming background or an adorable kitten looking back at the viewer with a unique sentence printed somewhere on the poster, generally quoted by some philosopher or famous businessman.

These quote posters fill any who reads them with determination. There are usually posters to fit the need of anybody in any situation; for example, an infamous motivational poster has a cat hanging on a branch with the words “hang in there” written either on the bottom or on the top of the poster. This is to give motivation to the person looking at the poster to literally hang in there and get through whatever daunting task they were briefed to do.

And wouldn’t you know it, there are even motivational “poster-worthy” quotes for people who are under stress as well; there’s something for everybody, it seems. So sit back and relax as I share with you some of my favourite stress relieving quotes which I believe will inspire you to combat that stress of yours and prevent it from overwhelming you again at a later time.


“Once you accept, truly accept, that stuff will happen to you and there is nothing you can do about it, stress miraculously leaves your life.” – Srikumar Rao


This quote by Srikumar Rao rings true to life in general rather than just simply for stress. Life will put you in places which are far out of your comfort zone, and will give you stuff which will be extremely daunting and aggressive; there is nothing you can do to prevent any of this from happening, sadly.

Once you realise that life is full of obstacles and beaten paths, however, you will be prepared and ready for the next time your boss tells you to get on with that demanding work, or when your next assignment at school is your least favourite subject…

Mathematics… *shudders*


“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew Bernstein


What Andrew Bernstein said is very important to take into account when your stress is the result of being tasked with a new assignment which requires a lot of work to do.

Stress may seem like the result of being pitted in a dangerous and intense situation, but did you know that your thoughts and what you make of the situation plays a huge part in how much the adrenaline and ultimately stress will affect you too?

When you get stressed, you also get emotional too; it isn’t your fault if your mind races with scary thoughts, but these thoughts do in fact play a big part in your stress. You may be worrying about the fact that you might not get the assignment done within the deadline, or the fact that you may have had other stuff to do before the work got thrown into your lap, such as housework or going out for someone’s party.

If you maintain a healthy mind, and you are able to control even the most catastrophic of thoughts, you will surely be able to control the stress which may be trying to put you under too.


“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


Joyce Meyer’s quote can easily be linked to this very website; there are many different ways in which you can essentially relieve stress, but you will have to actually get active and perform the methods for them to ultimately soothe yourself of your stress.

I, myself, am a very lazy person, and most of my days are spent with me procrastinating a lot, but unless I take action and do stuff like house chores or working on this website, then nothing will ever get done.

When it comes down to dealing with whatever is causing your stress, whether it be school, work or just generally at home, an effective way to relieve or cease your stress entirely is to stop doing whatever is causing your stress in the first place.

Of course, you can’t just stop working at school or on your job, but you can speak to your teacher/boss and tell them that the work you have to do is too difficult for you, and is taking a toll on your health. As a result, they should give you some assistance on the work you are doing to make it less difficult for you, and to prevent any more of the stress beforehand from taking its toll on you.


“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


Leaving things to the last minute is generally a very bad thing to do, and David Allen’s quote certainly rings true to this. If you are given a ton of work to do with a deadline ending in a short amount of time, of course you will start to get stressed about it.

But the stress you will feel doesn’t essentially come from only the large amount of work you’ve received; it has to do with the consequences of not completing the work in time as well as just the mere presence of it.

It’s like this, if you don’t do the entirety of the work within the deadline, there will be severe consequences; the worst case scenario will be you getting fired from your job. Of course, there is a chance your career will be secure for now, but there still will be negative effects for not doing the task you were set with.

Your ever lasting thoughts about what may happen if you can’t get the work complete in time won’t help matters either. You will start to ask “what if” questions to yourself, further intensifying the current stress overwhelming you.


“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 Lacocca

The best thing you can do to combat stress is to do something positive which makes you happy to downplay the negatives of the stress, and Lee Lacocca has certainly hit the ball out of the park, as they say, with this quote.

Focusing your energy and emotions into something which you enjoy doing and makes you happy will bring your attention away from the current onslaught of stress you may have had beforehand.

In doing this, you are guaranteeing to give yourself a fresh mind so that if you have to encounter the very thing that gave you a dose of mental strain, you will be able to think more logically about how to deal with the task at hand more easily without any stress from dragging you down again.


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


This quote by William James is quite similar to Lee Lacocca’s quote above; focusing your mind on something else is a very effective way in soothing any work or school related stress.

If you spend your time worrying about the task you have been given, and what consequences you may be faced with if you do not complete the work within the deadline, then the stress you’re under will continue to take its toll on your mental wellbeing, ultimately restricting and preventing you from working as efficiently.

If you focus your mind and thoughts on other stuff rather than the work, then you will soon find yourself being relieved from your stress, and will have the opportunity to think about how to go about working on your task without being restrained by your stress.


“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


The final quote on this list, by Daisaku Ikeda, is definitely a superb way to combat the demanding environment of work or school where your stress will most commonly come from.

Finding somebody to talk to, whether it be your friends, a family member, or a brand new community of people in a social gathering, like a church or a weekend club locally, is a very effective way in relieving any pressure caused by intense stress.

In talking to somebody, you are essentially letting out all the pent-up pressure generated by your stress; it would be like lifting a heavy weight off your back after being on top of you for quite a long time.

Talk to somebody if you are having problems with whatever it is in your life that is giving you great amounts of stress, and they will most definitely give you some advice on how to combat it. Or, if they are unable to give you advice or assistance, at least you spoke to somebody about what you are feeling, and it feels great once you do.

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