Quotes For Stress
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.
Daily news and sugar confuse our system in the same manner.
Our civilization, which is lost in doing, knows nothing of Being. It asks: being? What do you do with it?
We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can't slow down to enjoy them when they come.
Stress is not created by the events in your life, but by your reaction to them.
Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene.
Throw out the excess, clean up the mess, say no to stress, and live with less.
An ignorant state, stress is.
A certain amount of doing nothing, and stopping rushing around, would cool everything.
Compassion and peace of mind bring a sense of confidence that reduce stress and anxiety.
The only thing we really have any control over is our own experience.
Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.
Better to live simply and be debt free than to live lavishly and be stressed.
A brief, warm morning hug with someone we love provides us with a protective layer, insulating us from the stress of the day.
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.
Don't try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it's your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can't package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.
If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you're needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.
Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being.
Our root is quietude.
Let go of what may come.
Debt free is stress free.
Embrace stress, don't avoid it.
The whole world is not looking at you.
Just do your best. Never try to impress.
Tomorrow is overrated. Today is underrated.
Detachment naturally leads to tranquility.
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
You don't always have to have something to do. Don't rush. Conserve some of your resources for yourself.
Your best self can be found based on how you respond to failure.
You know you're becoming wise when you care more about what you control and less about what you don't.
Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.
When you have a moment, just listen to the beauty of silence. It has so much to say.
When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.
We should always be asking ourselves: Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?
Renew yourself completely every day; do it again, and again, and forever again.
If you feel lost... sit down, close your eyes, breathe, put your hands on your heart, repeat forever.
Stress exists only in your mind. Peace exists only in the acceptance of the present moment.
Stop doing. Start being. It begins with a single thought and a simple statement - I AM.
If you find yourself mentally exhausted: change your environment. Unclutter your desk. Take a shower. Go for a a walk. Refresh your mental state.
Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don't try to figure anything out. Don't try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest.
When you need to calm down... Breathe in for 5 counts. Hold for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts. Hold for 5 counts. Repeat the cycle 2 more times.
There are three things you cannot buy. Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you're rich or not. Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you. Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself.
Observe a stressful thought. Notice how your shoulders tense, your stomach tightens, you hold your breath. Keep watching that same thought. Don't push it away, instead change your reaction to it. Breathe deeply, let go, relax your body. You're okay. It's just a thought. Breathe.
Spend a week writing down everything that bothers you. Outrages in the news, personal slights, daily irritations. Read it a month later. How many entries feel important now? Probably not many. Excess reactivity steals happiness and energy.
Stress and distractions have a mutually reinforcing relationship. They can drive one insane. Slow down, take a deep breath and relax. Pay attention to only one thing at a time. Also, don't forget to clear mental junk every now and then by meditating for a few minutes.
When you feel overwhelmed, start eliminating all the non-essential things from your life. Clarity brings calm.
Finding a moment to sit and just do nothing can be very healing, transforming, and nourishing.
Dogs bark at what they cannot understand.
Sometimes it's better to react with no reaction.
Never make a decision when you are stressed, depressed, or being caressed.
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
The difficulty of describing things for Western ears is that people in a hurry cannot feel.
Every kind of fear grows worse by not being looked at.
When we don't choose what's important, everything seems important.
Awareness is inherently pure like the empty sky. Stress, annoyance, and anger can temporarily occupy its space but can never pollute it.
Human life is gradually turning from a struggle against suffering into a struggle against pleasure.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
Stress is a state of generalized vulnerability.
How do you beat your inner turmoil? You can't beat it, you can only stop creating it.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
The calm person makes a choice. The angry person finds that anger has chosen for them. Rage robs us of reason and makes us puppets of our lower instincts.
We see striving everywhere inhibited in many ways, struggling everywhere; and thus always suffering; there is no final goal of striving, and therefore no bounds or end to suffering.
Most of us live in a post-scarcity world, yet are still running mental algorithms from a resource scare world. Thus we have anxiety, overconsumption and self-torture. Seeing that truth is the first step to liberation.
This world is all attachment. Yet you get worried because you are attached.
We human beings are what we have been for millions of years - colossally greedy, envious, aggressive, jealous, anxious and despairing, with occasional flashes of joy and affection.
To discover and transcend craving, which is the deep cause of all conditioning, is arduous and demands constant awareness.
Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.
Flow with whatever happens and let your mind be free.
The river becomes calm when it reaches the ocean. Find your ocean each day.
Don't rush. It's wiser to go slowly in the right direction than fast in the wrong one.
Feeling irritated, restless, afraid, and hopeless is a reminder to listen more carefully. It's a reminder to stop talking; watch and listen.
What you want is to develop a sustainable habit: a stress-free approach to reducing your stress.
People work out, they stress their body, and their body gets stronger from stress.
Don't be blindly ambitious or blindly lazy. Find a balance between mindful action and peaceful inaction.
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.
Stress happens when something you care about is at stake. It's not a sign to run away - it's a sign to step forward.
People think peace is positivity, but it's not. Peace has no opposite, it is a kind of prevailing stillness that is present even in the midst of chaos. Don't seek positivity. Don't seek negativity. Accept what is there and find your peace regardless.
Being scared isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign something matters.
The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance.
If you understood the nature of your problem, you wouldn't have one.
Real friends bring out your best, not your stress.
You know you're becoming wise when you care more about doing your best and less about what they think.
We all want comfort and fulfillment. But fulfillment demands progress, and progress is uncomfortable. Decide which one is higher on your values list, and be willing to pay the price.
Stress and meaning are inextricably linked. You don't stress out about things you don't care about, and you can't create a meaningful life without experiencing some stress.
Human beings worry incessantly about their social status. Making every device socially connected turned every device into an anxiety machine. The machine becomes symbolic of the set of all people that may be judging you. If hell is other people then hell is in our pocket.
As you would not choose to sail in a large and decorated and gold-laden ship , and to be drowned; so do not choose to dwell in a large and costly house and to be disturbed (by cares).
The best cure for worry I've ever found is making a list and getting to work.
Start from where you are - not where you wish you were. The work you're doing becomes your path.
Strangely, when you stop thinking about winning, you are more likely to win because you'd be able to focus 100% on the game instead of worrying about failure. And even if you fail, you didn't spoil the fun of the game fearing failure all the time. Enjoy the game.
Creativity needs breaks. Stress is the enemy of creativity.
Your best work is done when you're calm, focused and inspired. Your worst when you're busy, rushed and aiming in many different directions.
Don't confuse stress with burnout. Feeling overwhelmed sometimes is normal - it signals responsible engagement in meaningful work. Burnout is persistent, impairing emotional exhaustion. It stems from too many demands - and too little control and support.
We need to maintain a balance between our work and the nourishment we need or we won't be very successful.
Worrying doesn't make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work.
Too often we spend our day responding to what is urgent instead of pursuing what is important. Proceed with purpose.
Your nature is truth, and when you oppose it, you don't feel like yourself. Stress never feels as natural as peace does.
The goal is not to live a stress-free life. The goal is to live a meaningful life.
To seek happiness is to invite misery.
The supreme value is not the future but the present. Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present.
Enjoy every moment. Don't waste time on the nonessential waste of worrying. Things will work out better than you think if you focus on what's important right now.
Keep this thought at the ready at daybreak, and through the day and night”there is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all outside of your sphere of choice, regarding nothing else as your possession.
Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment.
Whence all this hurry to arrive at a state? Are you not already face-to-face with the eternal mystery? Take it easy for a while; just watch the snow falling or the kettle boiling, and not so much hurry.
You need to grab whatever chance of happiness you get, and not worry about other people too much.
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.
The concept that things should be a certain way causes pain in the mind.
To examine desire is to free oneself from it.
Worry is the misuse of intelligence.
To me, 'busy' implies that the person is out of control of their life.
We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.
The quiet appreciation of the total situation and its inherent possibilities steadily moves things toward resolution.
It's strange to realize most control freaks seem unhappy, worried and sick.
Being too self-centred can give rise to anxiety and depression. An effective antidote is to cultivate a sense of altruism, taking the whole of humanity into account. Appreciating the oneness of humanity leads us to recognise our essential equality as human beings.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
As others grown more intelligent under stress, I grow heavy, as if I were an animal on a chain.
All striving comes from lack, from a dissatisfaction with one's condition, and is thus suffering as long as it is not satisfied; but no satisfaction is lasting; instead, it is only the beginning of a new striving.
People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
We waste our time and cause ourselves needless anxiety if we concern ourselves with things over which we have no control.
Drifting is the surest path to depression that I know. Focus and action are the fastest way out.
If you look carefully, you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.
Most of the worries are generated by the mind automatically, without your permission. The default state of the mind is to be concerned about something all the time. A person remains a prisoner of his thoughts unless he creates a distance between himself and his mind.
In order to see the path, you have to be very quiet and stop thinking.
Train your mind to see something good in everything.
We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.
The only way to find peace and happiness is to see how your mind works and how uncontrollable it is.
There's a huge amount of suffering that is generated not by the actual challenges in life but by the fictitious problems that the mind generates.
It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.
The truth is that stress doesn't come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.
Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.
When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses ” not your long-term goals ” will guide your choices.
Most of the time we're living in our minds; we're living in memories, plans, reflections, judgments; the mind is just continually presenting thoughts, and we're buying them. Then we lose the moment; we're just off with the thought.
So many people don't live for today. They are completely consumed with the future, and yet it is how we live today that creates our future.
Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.
No matter which corner of the world you travel to, you take the same mind with you everywhere. If the internal is full of conflict, no external place will bring you lasting peace.
I don't let go of my thoughts ” I meet them with inquiry; then they let go of me.
Fear is the result of an unquestioned past imagined as a future.
Thoughts aren't personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop?
There is no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts.
Fools aim at ten things. The wise aim at one.
If you don't know what's most important right now then the most important thing right now is to figure out what's most important right now.
Prayer by itself is not sufficient to bring about peace of mind. What is much more effective is coming to understand the workings of the mind and learning how to tackle the mental afflictions that disturb it.
Just as rich fields must not be forced ” for they will quickly lose their fertility if never given a break ” so constant work on the anvil will fracture the force of the mind. But it regains its powers if it is set free and relaxed for a while.
The key is to quiet your mind while in mental hell and embrace whatever obstacle is in front of you with open arms. We must learn to conserve energy and to control the emotional and mental stresses of our setbacks.
When sitting in meditation, say, That's not my business! with every thought that comes by.
On how to get a good night's sleep when full of stress and anxiety? 1. Do a hard work out. When your heart rate is pumping and you are trying to catch your breath, you tend to forget about the stress for a few minutes. 2. Eat a good meal. 3. Go to sleep.
Breathing is a powerful tool for regulating your emotions. Deep breathing is a way to summon energy and relax in stressful situations.
Sprint, rest, repeat is more effective and sustainable than being 80% on all the time. Interval training is a great way to train your mind and body in this turn on/turn off mechanic.
Being alone with pain and stress isn't natural. Needing connection, emotional safety, and support doesn't mean something is wrong with you, it means something is right with you.
If you are stressed, do this: 1 hour of intense, hard exercise , followed by 30 minutes of relaxing, quiet time (reading, meditation, sauna, bath). I guarantee you will feel better mentally, emotionally and physically.
If you're feeling off one day, before you panic: Sit in indirect sun for 30 min, drink a liter of water , 10 mins of breathing/meditation, go for a 30 min walk, lift weights for 45 mins, go to sleep early (CDB/magnesium), epsom salt bath.
Learn to manage your energy. Conserve your energy. And only use your energy on the things that matter.
Concentrating 100% on our breathing or our steps liberates us. We become a free person in just a few seconds, free to transform the habit energies of our ancestors.
When our work and life has a spiritual dimension, we're able to sustain ourselves, take care of ourselves, and avoid burning out.
Through practice, you no longer impose your thinking onto reality, and you can experience everything as it really is: as pure grace.
You can sleep 8 hours, you can train every day, you can eat healthy, but if you don't meditate, it's hard to see clearly.
Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
Meditation helps other parts of your life become more simple. As you enter quieter spaces you will see how clinging to desires has made your life complicated.
Though you can start meditation at any time, it's harder if your life is chaotic, if you're feeling paranoid, if you're overwhelmed with responsibilities. But even under these conditions, meditation will help you to clear things up a bit.
Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing. Conscious breathing stops your mind.
Practice meditation every day. Why? Because meditating seven days a week is not 1+1+1+1+1+1+1 = 7. Instead, it is 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 = 28. When you meditate daily, your 'progress' begins to snowball.
Meditation is not about getting rid of all your thoughts; it's learning not to get so lost in them that you forget what your goal is. Don't worry if your focus isn't perfect when meditating. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again.
Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-awareness.
Meditation is nothing more than increasing your awareness. You can do that any place, any time. Next time you feel overwhelmed, focus on your breathing pattern. No need to change it. Just go with it and give it your attention.
Meditation isn't about eliminating stress; it's about managing it.
Most of the time, life isn't an emergency. Much of the time, things will be fine. Save the rush for when it is needed.
Society has sold you the greatest of lies, that the goal of life is to become happy. This one chase has cost you your life.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.
The anxiety of worry is almost always worse than the actual consequences. Stop worrying and start doing.
The solution is often a good dose of indifference.
Every once in a while, do you just like to take your time with what you're doing?
Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change.
The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.
Don't think about the past. Just be here now. Don't think about the future. Just be here now.
90% of what you're stressing about right now won't even matter a year from now. Take a deep breath.
Don't spin your wheels trying to get everything done. Focus on getting the right things done instead.
There's no situation that calls for mild anxiety. Either increase the level of stress to promote action, or forget about it and enjoy life.
In a year, 95% of the things that stress you out now you'll look back and laugh at. The other 5%, you should probably get to work on.