Quotes About Stress
We have all experienced stress in one form or another. Regardless of what causes our stress, the wearing result is the same. Stress negatively affects your mind and body and can lead to health issues like heart disease and high blood pressure. Needless to say stress is something you want to work to avoid in life. Here are my favorite quotes about stress and stress relief :
- “Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” ~ Mark Black
Particularly when I was in high school, I would have strong guilt if I took breaks and listened to music or watched tv to unwind. I felt that my time could have been better spent on reading ahead in my textbook or studying my flashcards. In reality relaxing prevents burn out. It is a good use of time to do something that makes you happy.
- “You can’t always have a good day, but you can always face a bad day with a good attitude.” ~ Unknown
Life will never be perfect. Taking that pressure off of my shoulders has helped calm my brain. If something does not go as planned, it is best to take a deep breath and keep moving forward. There was a quote I loved when I was younger along the lines of “you have survived one hundred percent of your worst days.” Even the worst days come to an end. Sometimes the best thing to do is get through it and look for joy in whatever pocket you can find it.
- “You can do anything, but not everything.” ~Unknown
In the age of social media, it is impossible not to compare our lives to others. Maybe one of your role models is a full time parent and that looks appealing. Somebody else just graduated med school and is working eighty hour work weeks and that accomplishment looks like something you would like. Another person just launched a business they spent ten years working on. The list does on and on. It is possible to have several accomplishments in your life, but it is impossible to do it all. You cannot become a doctor, a lawyer, an entrepreneur, a travel blogger, and a stay at home parent all at the same time. There are simply not enough hours in a day. Focus on what makes you happy and work towards that.
- “Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.” ~Unknown
What-ifs are one my least favorite things in the world. Being tormented by the countless possible paths I did not walk down in my past is not enjoyable. Life unfolds in unexpected ways— we are mostly along for the ride. If a fantastic opportunity passed you by, something else is waiting for you in the future.
- “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~Martin Luther King
Looking ahead has always been my Achilles heel. In school, my guidance counselor liked that I had started looking at colleges when I was twelve years old. Unfortunately I had planned more that what college I wanted to attend. I knew what I wanted to major in, where I needed to intern, where I needed to work, when I would start my family, what car I would drive— everything was set in stone. It was a recipe for disaster. If I got less than a perfect test score, I panicked because that could jeopardize my chance at getting into my dream school. If I didn’t get into my dream school, my entire life plans would crumble.
It turned out that the life I planned as a kid was not the life I want as an adult. I was forced to take life in baby steps and adjust my plans as I went along.