What are the best stress management quotes to keep you motivated?
Stress is typically perceived as a bad thing – and for good reason, too.
With statistics in the US suggesting that 80% of people feel stress from their job, it’s no surprise that stress has become a major issue facing employees and employers.
However, some kinds of stress or certain situations can present the opportunity to harness stress positively.
For instance, it can be a driving force to succeed or fuel the desire to push the limits, but it’s all about managing stress in the right way – recognizing when it’s a problem and when it can be utilized for good effect.
In today’s post, we’re joined by Jon Leighton, Managing Director at Land Digital.
He’ll be sharing some of his favourite stress management quotes that can form the basis of a motivational mantra we can all relate to…
9 Inspiring Stress Management Quotes You Absolutely Need In Your Life
1. “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
There’s a lot to be said for having a positive mental attitude when it comes to managing stress in business – and your personal life for that matter.
The beauty of this quote is its ability to almost instantly alter your perception of even the most stressful of situations.
In business, we’re all faced with adversity where it seems like the world is against us, but the reality is that it’s not the world, just life – and not everything always goes the way we want.
When you’re faced with this type of scenario, try this slightly philosophical method to gain a fresh and more positive outlook on things.
Take a step back and smile at what’s happened.
Think about ways to overcome problems rather than needlessly worrying and relish the challenge of finding those solutions.
You’ll soon be back on track and raring to go in no time.
2. “Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.”
While we don’t know who’s responsible for this quote, they were clearly right on the money with this approach.
All too often, we make situations more stressful by overthinking issues or excessively worrying about what will or won’t happen.
Let’s be honest, how often have you lay awake at night worrying about something that in the cold light of day isn’t as big an issue as you initially thought?
We all do it and it’s a perfectly natural human reaction, but the important thing to take away from this is how to process stressful situations appropriately.
When a problem arises, big or small, don’t go to your default mode, reacting irrationally.
Instead, give yourself a few minutes, hours or even a day (depending on the urgency, of course) to process the situation and take a thoughtful approach – more often than not this leads to better results and far less stress.
Okay, so this isn’t going to be an easy thing to do straight away, as for many people it’s changing lifelong habits.
But, day-to-day try to take small yet significant steps towards adopting this outlook and eventually this will become your default response.
3. “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.”
When caught in the throes of stress, many of us can feel isolated – a solitary warrior battling through adversity – unable or unwilling to ask for help for the fear of admitting failure or facing discrimination.
But, the reality is, stress management is all about recognizing when you may need help – and as the old saying goes “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
Asking others for help or the mere act of offloading to a colleague, manager or even a friend can deliver far more fruitful outcomes – most importantly, relief from stress.
A fresh perspective from an outsider can go a long way in reducing stress and lead to quicker, more effective resolutions.
Plus, this process also shows co-workers a human, fallible side, which can bring a more collaborative and transparent culture across the board – particularly if you’re the boss.
4. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
Stress is usually a build up of lots of little things that culminate into one giant mass of stress – and the above quote is a helpful mantra to have in your mind to gain the right perspective.
Take the time to detach yourself from the stresses you’re facing and break them down into smaller tasks – making everything more manageable.
Take this one step further by picking out which tasks are top priorities for the day and make sure they get done.
Even if you only achieve these few things, it’s still a huge accomplishment to be proud of.
And that feeling of achieving your goals will power you through to the following day.
The act of prioritizing the pressures of your workload and dissecting them into smaller, achievable tasks is a highly effective stress management tool – making no problem or goal too daunting.
5. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
– Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Whether you’re running your own business or you’re an employee, every role within an organisation comes with an element of responsibility – and of course, stress.
From maximizing business profit margins to meeting deadlines, it’s hard to escape the task-orientated working world we live in.
In many workplaces it’s this goal-focused culture that fuels stress and productivity, but this constant desire to be in control can in fact be destructive if you let those tasks and pressures dictate your life.
When it comes to managing stress, the best antidote to feeling stressed is to acknowledge that you’re not always in control. Some things just happen regardless of what you did or didn’t do.
There’s very few positive things that can come from stressing and worrying about aspects that are beyond your control.
6. “It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”
– Paulo Coelho
Stress management quotes are often about self-care – and this one is no different:
The human body is naturally designed to cope and react to stressful situations by increasing your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and blood flow to make your body act quicker and more effectively.
The problem is, if you’re continuously facing high-pressure situations these natural reflexes can be detrimental to your health.
That’s why, distraction is commonly used to counteract the body’s instinctive reaction to stress.
For some, this can be a rigorous workout session while for others it might be meditation or even just reading a book.
It’s not so much about what you do, but more the act of focusing on something else and hopefully doing something you enjoy to refresh and recharge your brain.
As a result, you’ll feel calmer, less stressed and more capable of taking a rational and measured attitude to decision making, whether it’s for your own business or on a personal level.
7. “Making fitness a priority will energize you, make you look and feel better, and help diffuse stress.”
Exercise is a tried and tested way to stay in good physical shape, but the benefits go way beyond physical health.
With studies showing a link between exercise and stress relief, it’s a lifestyle habit that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re hoping to combat stress.
From the feel-good endorphins to improved cardiovascular health and a welcome change of scenery, exercise offers a number of health benefits that can help manage stress levels.
If you want to become a boss at relaxing, adding some element of fitness to your daily routine will be a fundamental part of overcoming stressful thoughts.
Removing yourself both physically and mentally from your workspace is essential for gaining a new perspective.
It also allows time for necessary reflection – giving you a revitalized approach to any aspect of your work or personal life.
Whether you’re a gym fanatic, a pilates master or an avid walker doing something that’s good for your body and mind will leave you feeling fresh and energized to face anything life throws at you.
8. “Stress level: extreme. It’s like she was a jar with the lid screwed on too tight, and inside the jar were pickles, angry pickles, and they were fermenting, and about to explode.”
– Fiona Wood, Six Impossible Things
If you or anyone you know is feeling chronic stress then you will no doubt be able to relate to this apt analogy.
Whether we like it or not, stress has this way of making us feel tense, coiled up and ready to blow up at any minute.
Rather shockingly, The American Institute of Stress reports that 25% of workers said they experienced the need to shout or scream about stress at work, with a further 10% expressing concern this could turn violent.
With this in mind, keeping your stress and anxiety bottled up definitely sounds like a bad combination, and not one that’s going to end well.
Like anything, it’s good to offload and ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress at work.
Far from being a sign of weakness or failure, more and more workplaces are recognizing this flaw in working cultures and putting measures in place to encourage an environment that’s open and collaborative – a far better stress management tool all round.
Don’t let yourself be a sour, angry jar of pickles – acknowledge the stress triggers and put efforts in place to either share the problems or break them down into bite size pieces.
9. “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
This is one of our favourite stress management quotes:
British philosopher, James Allen, was definitely onto something with this quote and it’s one that always serves as a reminder that the raging, ranting, tyrant approach doesn’t achieve half as much as you might expect.
Next time you feel your blood pressure rising and the stress levels getting away from you, remember this piece of advice.
Taking a calm and thoughtful approach to any given situation could be the key to your success in both the business world and in life as a whole.
Letting go of the anger and being content within yourself will leave more thought space to focus on finding solutions to life’s problems rather than constantly feeling like the world is against you.
While it may sound a little corny, this thought process can definitely work.
If you’re calmer and more content in life, you’re less likely to fly off the handle and react rashly.
As a result, people will be more inclined to see you as a leader and an influential figure that just might bring greater success.
In summary, we all know that feeling stressed is a natural reaction to high-pressure situations, but how we deal with those situations is invariably different depending on each individual and the nuances of the situation.
And that’s why these stress management quotes are so helpful!
However, we hope with these stress management quotes and mantras you might just find the calm and collected inspiration you need to put an end to all-consuming stress – finding the right way to use stress as a leverage to your own success rather than your demise.
Of course, it’s important to remember that different tactics and coping mechanisms work for different people, so if one approach doesn’t work, keep trying to find just the right motivation to keep you on track and stress free.
Author bio: Jon Leighton is the Managing Director of Land Digital, a full-service digital agency providing made-to-measure marketing, design and development solutions to help businesses in the UK solve their commercial problems.