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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. ~Proverbs 12:25

Many of us face struggle every day and can be overcome by our stress. But if there is one thing I have learned is that an inspiring word can help uplift someone in their most troubling time and be the encouragement needed to help relieve stress, improve their mood, and even give them strength to continue on. So I have compiled a list of inspirational quotes for stress in hopes that one may be the voice of inspiration you need for today.

1. “God gives us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”
–Reinhold Niebuhr

2. Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
–Proverbs 12:25

3. “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

4. “It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”
–Tony Robbins

5. “To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

6. “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”

7. “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”

8. “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.”
–Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

9. “Live a good life. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
–Roy Bennett

10. “Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing”
–Ricky Maye

11. “Stress comes from the fear of the unknown. To reduce stress, love what you do and be who you are.”
–Debasish Mridha

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12. “Don’t miss out on opportunities to spend time with friends you value most because too many of your waking hours are spent on a treadmill of constant doing to keep up with our culture’s demands. Good friends are stress relief!”
–Judy Dippel, Friendship Interrupted: Challenges and Practical Solutions – What You Can Do

13. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
–Amit Ray

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

15. “Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.”
–Astrid Alauda

16. “When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.”
–Catherine Pulsifer

17. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
–Marcus Aurelius

18. “An hour of anxiety cannot change my circumstances, but a minute of prayer can alter everything.”
–Al Byrant

19. “Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose.
–Maureen Killoran”

20. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
–Marcus Aurelius

21. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
–Steve Maraboli

22. “Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.”
–Bill Phillips

23. “When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable.”
–Greg Anderson

24. “Everyday brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.”
–Joan Borysenko

25. “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

26. “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

27. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
–Kahlil Gibran

28. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

29. “When you feel the need to hurry, remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.”
–Jonathan Lockwood Huie

30. “Sometimes the best thing that you can do is not think. Not wonder. Not imagine. obsess. Just breathe. and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”–livelifehappy.com

31. “Stressed spelled backward is desserts.”
–Loretta Laroche

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I love inspirational quotes because you get different people’s perspective on the same situation. Sometimes you can be so wrapped up in your troubles that seeing the way out isn’t as clear as it should be. But others, because they are on the outside looking in, may be able to see through the clouds and provide the encouragement you need.

My favorite inspirational quote is Proverbs 12:25 because there have many times in the past when I have felt anxious about a situation and the cheerful word of a family member has helped me through.

We may all face stress but our choices can very easily help determine how we deal with that stress. If you see someone in need of encouragement, never hesitate to share an uplifting word. You may just be the light in their tunnel.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite inspirational quote you turn to in your time in need? Is it on this list? I would love to hear about it below.

12 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes for Stress – 31 Quotes for When You Feel Overwhelmed”

  1. Wow, great quotes about stress, like you have mentioned that you like quotes, I also love quotes about different topics. I usually save them in my diary as well. Really a great post, thank you so much for sharing all these useful and inspirational quotes. thank you.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I love quotes too! That is so neat you keep them in your diary. When I get time I want to make paintings of inspirational quotes and bible verses to put around my house. Thank you for your comment!

  2. I like how it is a go-to site for relief and relaxation. Have you ever thought about building an IOS app for phones? You could notify every day a new quote for those using the app to remind them what a brilliant life we have to live!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    1. Hi Marcus,
      I am not sure I have the mind brilliant enough for an app, hehe, but I appreciate the enthusiasm. Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to comment!

  3. I love inspirational quotes, they’re repeated because they’re so true! My favorites are #4 and #27. Learning that it’s ok to not know what’s in the future and not applying negative meanings to things that probably don’t mean anything at all are the 2 lessons that I’m trying to pass onto my daughters. When I finally learned those lessons, life became much less stressful!

    1. I like #27 also. I think when we are not in control of things it can make us fearful, anxious, and stressed. But learning to let go and live for the moment is a lot less worrisome. I don’t like to stress nor pass that stress on to my children either. I try to be the best example to my kids that I can be. I truly love your wisdom, thanks for sharing!

  4. I Love this post and I definitely agree inspirational quotes can help reduce stress. I often times search for quotes that reflect the mood I’m in that day – something about putting my moods into a quote is so liberating.

    1. Hi Shauna,
      That is pretty cool. I love how quotes and put you in check and bring you back to reality. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Awesome post. Each and every quote is so valuable and inspirational. My favorite one is no 16. Next time when I’m in stress and I will apply this one to myself. I like quotes and I feel that right quote at the right time really relax my mind.
    thanks for sharing,

    1. Hi Akbar,
      I think using 16 to determine how you handle stress is great. It is a simple question and most of the time the answer is probably no. Thanks for sharing your choice!

  6. I love reading inspiring quotes. They make me feel better and empower me for the day!
    I found a lot of valuable quotes above, especially regarding the stress. We are constantly dealing with different types of stress. “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”
    –Śāntideva – is the one that I picked to inspire me for the next week. As I always say there is not such a problem that cannot be solved, then why to worry!

    1. Hi Anna,
      Inspiring quotes really do work, don’t they? After reading that quote it makes me wonder why I even worry in the first place, lol. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

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