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206 Stress Quotes to help you to find Relaxation

Sheila J. Highland

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Stress Quotes

Stress is a natural and normal part of life, but sometimes you just need to relax.  These Stress Quotes are designed to help you find that point of relaxation that you are seeking.

 

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

– Sydney J. Harris

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

Viggo Mortensen

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

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 Iacocca

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.

– Bruce Lee

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

– William James

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

– John Newton

It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.

– Paulo Coelho

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

– Ovid

Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.

– Ziggy Marley

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Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’

– Eckhart Tolle

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

– Elbert Hubbard

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Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

– Hans Selye

There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.

Garson Kanin

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.

– Lily Tomlin

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.

– Nelson DeMille

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

– Aesop

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

– Doug Larson

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.

– Dean Smith

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.

– George Burns

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Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

– Benjamin Franklin

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.

– Spanish Proverb

 

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.

– Fred Rogers

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

– Bertrand Russell

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

– Peter Marshall

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

– Mahatma Gandhi

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.

– Winston Churchill

Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.

– Robert Eliot

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

– Winnie the Pooh

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

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

Boethius

Even as fire finds peace in its resting place without fuel, when thoughts become silence the soul finds peace in its own source. When the mind is silent, then it can enter into a world which is far beyond the mind. This is wisdom, and this is liberation.

– The Upanishads

God give 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

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

– Socrates

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

– Steve Maraboli

I wish…I wish I were dead…” “And what use would that be to anyone?”

-J.K. Rowling

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

– Amit Ray

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.

– David Mamet

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.

– Leonard Bernstein

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I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.

– Tina Fey

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.

– Steve Maraboli

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

– Śāntideva

Sleep is such a luxury, which i cant afford.

– Robin Sikarwar

The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

Frank Herbert

My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.

– Mahogany SilverRain

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Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is… The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.

– Dan Millman

Where’d the days go, when all we did was play? And the stress that we were under wasn’t stress at all just a run and a jump into a harmless fall.

– Paolo Nutini

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.

– Jane Wagner

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

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Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love.

– Prem Prakash

How well I know with what burning intensity you live. You have experienced many lives already, including several you have shared with me- full rich lives from birth to death, and you just have to have these rest periods in between.

– Anaïs Nin

PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.

– Susan Pease Banitt

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The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.

– Ellen Glasgow

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

I am not “cured”–I know I never will be. I will always crave that pain to keep me centered. I will always be just a little astounded when I get through a crisis without putting a blade to my flesh.

– J. Kenner

Someone told me sleep was the cousin of death and followin’ the dollar finds nothin’ but stress.

– Mac Miller

It was after I first began to uplift my thoughts a bit that my cravings for junk food started to dissipate. I did not connect the two at that time. First, I simply noticed that I didn’t need to sleep so much. It took a while before I realized that in addition to my improved energy level, there was a direct correlation between chewing on mental garbage and putting garbage in my mouth.

– Holly Mosier

Ladies, stress shows on your face. Happiness is the true beauty weapon.

– Susan Sarandon

A pattern of raised crisscrossed scars, some old and white, others more recent in various shades of pink and red. Exposing the stress of the structure underneath its paint.

– Amy Efaw

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What is hard work? It takes strength, energy, and stress to truly care about others enough to place oneself last, but it is easy to wrap oneself up and selfishly scramble on the heads of others.

Criss Jami

Each moment of worry, anxiety or stress represents lack of faith in miracles, for they never cease.

– T.F. Hodge

Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better.

– Cora Carmack

No beating yourself up. That’s not allowed. Be patient with yourself. It took you years to form the bad habits of thought that you no longer want. It will take a little time to form new and better ones. But I promise you this: Even a slight move in this direction will bring you some peace. The more effort you apply to it, the faster you’ll find your bliss, but you’ll experience rewards immediately.

– Holly Mosier

The storm before the calm.

– Cameron Conaway

Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.

– Danzae Pace

As her analyst had told her: the deeper buried the distress, the further into the body it went. The digestive system was about as far as it could go to hide.

– Richard Matheson

From time to time, one must release the grime built up inside them to to free their emotions like the ocean.

– Suzy Kassem

Live a good life. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.

– Roy Bennett

Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing.

-Ricky Maye

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Holding on to the past will hold you down in life. Learn from it but move on.

– Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.

Valerie Bertinelli

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

– Hans Selye

If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.

– Kris Carr

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My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.

– Ashton Eaton

God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.

– Kelly Clarkson

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

– William James

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

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

– Viggo Mortensen

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

– Hans Selye

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You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come, and a positive outlook is what gets you through.

– Marie Osmond

Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

– Melody Beattie

Everyone has a breaking point, turning point, stress point, the game is permeated with it. The fans don’t see it because we make it look so efficient. But internally, for a guy to be successful, you have to be like a clock spring, wound but not loose at the same time.

– Dave Winfield

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. – You’ll look and feel way better for it.

– Suzanne Somers

Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think.

– William J. Clinton

In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ.

– Ann Voskamp

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I enjoy an evening stroll. It helps me to reflect and eases stress.

– Blac Chyna

Stress is an important dragon to slay – or at least tame – in your life.

– Marilu Henner

I’m taking better care of myself by eating healthy, exercising and doing my best to keep my stress level down as well as role modeling good habits for my kids.

– Monica Potter

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There’s a terrible price to pay for stress in your life – it really takes a hit on your heart.

– Leeza Gibbons

Maybe it’s stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy.

– David Horsey

I don’t stress myself about my looks. I love to laugh. I like being able to lead an interesting life.

– Monica Bellucci

We all have those things that even in the midst of stress and disarray, they energize us and give us renewed strength and purpose. These are our passions.

– Adam Braun

Elephant populations in India and also in the whole of Asia are under severe stress. The captive ones are rendered jobless due to changes in the mode of transport and lifestyle of people. The ones in the wild are also no better off, as the forests are shrinking.

– Mark Shand

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

Everything was a song. Every conversation, every personal hurt, every observance of people in stress, happiness and love… if you could feel it, I could feel it. And I could write a song about it.

Curtis Mayfield

There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether to let it affect you or not.

– Valerie Bertinelli

Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love or exercise.

– Hans Selye

My roommates are all such happy-go-lucky guys, and I carry some of the stress around a lot more.

– Pierce Brown

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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.

– Natalie Goldberg

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People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile; it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.

– Margot Robbie

Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They’re burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world.

– David Wilkerson

The key to winning is poise under stress.

– Paul Brown

My dad had a stroke. It’s one of those life-changing events. It was right around the time I was turning 40. We were doing ‘L.A. Law,’ and I got this call that my dad was in Rome and had had a stroke. I want to stress that it wasn’t a huge stroke, but it was enough to provide a serious wake-up call.

– Corbin Bernsen

Women are just so much tougher and more patient than men are – their capacity for empathy blows me away. And their capacity to deal with stress for long periods of time is also kind of awe inspiring.

– Aaron Lazar

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

– Will Durant

All the sudden high-impact stress can really take a toll on your body. So if you still want to be active and get in a good workout, go to a yoga class or pilates class, or get in some strength and conditioning.

– Sophia Bush

Don’t overdo it. Don’t over-diet, over-exercise, overeat, overdo the makeup, and don’t stress out.

– Cheryl Ladd

I’ve always felt that when you use too many products or try too many new things, you’re just piling a lot of unnatural, unnecessary stress on your face. I try to keep it simple.

– Amber Rose

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I must stress, basically, the very fact that we do have orangutan rehabilitation means that we have failed to do what is really important, and that is rescue the wild orangutan in its habitat.

– Willie Smits

When stress sets in, and pressure, I focus.

– David Hallberg

If you improve a teacher’s self-esteem, confidence, communication skills or stress levels, you improve that teacher’s overall effectiveness across the curriculum.

– Elaine MacDonald

We live in times of high stress. Messages that are simple, messages that are inspiring, messages that are life-affirming, are a welcome break from our real lives.

– Simon Sinek

I’m 20 years old. I like to party as much as anyone my age. Going clubbing is my way of relaxing or releasing a lot of stress. I don’t feel that I should have to justify that part of my life. I don’t know that I’m necessarily an addict.

Lindsay Lohan

Average Americans order nonfat decaf iced vanilla lattes at Starbucks and choose from 1,500 drawer pulls at The Great Indoors. Amazon gives every town a bookstore with 2 million titles, while Netflix promises 35,000 different movies on DVD. Choice is everywhere – liberating to some, but to others, a new source of stress.

– Virginia Postrel

We must stress that the euro has been beneficial to the European Union because, otherwise, in this context of international turmoil, every country would have to devalue their currencies.

– Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I wrote ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ at the age of 30 under intense, unshared personal stress and in extreme privacy. As an intelligence officer in the guise of a junior diplomat at the British Embassy in Bonn, I was a secret to my colleagues, and much of the time to myself.

– John le Carre

I would like to stress here that a lasting peace in the Chechen republic and so-called peace talks with the bandits are not the same thing, and I would ask everyone to make no mistake about that.

– Boris Yeltsin

No one prepared me for the stress and insanity of a week leading up to a movie. Years and years of work come down to three days.

– Evan Daugherty

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When I started training, I just started running every day, which you shouldn’t do. I learned that lesson the hard way by getting a stress fracture.

– Sophia Bush

Unprecedented financial pressures, and an ever-increasingly aggressive public culture, along with social, moral and spiritual fragmentation, are leading to lives being overwhelmed by stress, intolerable interior isolation and even quiet despair.

– Sean Brady

I think of stress as the creator of cancer and heart attacks, like a tiny little ball you feed. I believe that one of the reasons I’ve never got ill is that I’m not stressed.

– Simon Cowell

I can’t stress how much my daughter is an inspiration to stay sober. When I come home and she opens those big blue eyes at me, it’s the most amazing feeling I could ever feel.

– A. J. McLean

That’s what it is to be a grandma. All fun and no stress.

– Marie Osmond

The doctor gave me several warnings: Never tell anyone unless necessary, because I might be ostracized. Call it ‘seizure disorder,’ not epilepsy, because fewer people would be frightened. Try to choose a profession as free from stress as possible.

– Kurt Eichenwald

I made numerous attempts to find a way to do it all, to be a creative singer, songwriter, producer, and to be the mother, daughter, sister, lover, wife. And the thing about music is, with me, that she’s a harsh mistress. She does not come to me in the midst of stress.

– Anita Baker

I’m learning that human pressure on wildlife is becoming increasingly dangerous. You’ve got to be more alert because more animals have been pushed around, wounded, subjected to human harassment, ambushed, all kinds of stress. When they attack, it’s totally predictable.

– Peter Beard

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.

Rodney King

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Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools.

– J. K. Rowling

Often when a person can’t get past stress, she will turn to overeating, drinking or smoking, which can become a greater problem than the stress itself.

– Marilu Henner

You know, the dirty secret in the Director’s Guild is that the average life expectancy of Director’s Guild members is 57 years old. The stress level is so high and directors are generally really out of shape, cause they sit in the chair and they eat craft service.

– Eli Roth

Well, you know, a lot of people look at the negative things, the things that they did wrong and – which I do. But I like to stress on the things I did right, because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that are just positive reinforcement.

– Tiger Woods

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.

– Wayne Dyer

Bipolar disorder, manic depression, depression, black dog, whatever you want to call it, is inherent in our society. It’s a product of stress and in my case over-work.

– Adam Ant

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 Iacocca

Stress is something that is sort of out of your control. You get stressed out over looking at the finish line. Stress is something that is an outside thing. Stress is an anxiety.

– Joe Torre

If I make a wrong decision, I worry what might have been. I stress out over very insignificant things.

– Courtney Barnett

You don’t know what people are really like until they’re under a lot of stress.

– Tim Allen

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My version of a stress dream is, really, showing up on a concert stage with a drum set and not knowing the chart.

– Damien Chazelle

I’m picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it’s not fun, I’m not going to do it.

– Anita Baker

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress.

– Marianne Williamson

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.

George Burns

A lot of emotional stress that people go through, some people figure out a way to handle it. They have a strong enough support system to keep going and keep moving forward. And some people, they feel like they don’t have that outlet.

– Terrell Owens

I love kids with a passion I usually reserve for hot cheese, miniature chairs, and Prince concerts, but I feel no stress to reproduce simply because of a fear of withering eggs.

– Olivia Wilde

I believe that stress is a factor in any bad health.

– Christopher Shays

I stress out so much about the red carpet and interviews and pictures, and, you know, not getting my skirt tucked in my knickers.

– Maisie Williams

To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you’ve prepared mentally and physically, you don’t have to worry.

– Harvey Mackay

There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.

– Kenneth H. Cooper

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Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase.

– Paul Stamets

Some brides stress, some don’t. I think I’m a serene bride.

– Charlene

Post traumatic stress disorder starts out with nightmares, flashbacks and actually reliving the event. And this happens over and over and over and over in your mind. If you let it go on, it can become chronic and become hard if not impossible to treat.

– Dale Archer

Much of the stress and emptiness that haunt us can be traced back to our lack of attention to beauty. Internally, the mind becomes coarse and dull if it remains unvisited by images and thoughts that hold the radiance of beauty.

– John O’Donohue

There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

– James Carroll

Breath is the power behind all things…. I breathe in and know that good things will happen.

– Tao Porchon-Lynch

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

– Hermann Hesse

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

– Thích Nhất Hạnh

Calmness is the cradle of power.

– Josiah Gilbert Holland

Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.

– Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.

– Osho

Understand this and be free: we are not in our bodies; our bodies are inside us.

– Sean A. Mulvihill

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.

– Brian Tracy

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.

– Mikhail Lermontov

Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.

– Ziggy Marley

Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.

– Robert Eliot

Give your stress wings and let it fly away.

– Terri Guillemets

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

– William James

The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.”

—Katrina Mayer

In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stress Quotes

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

– Oprah Winfrey

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

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– Buddha

The Secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative stay smiling and keep running.

– Fauja Singh

Surfing frees everything up, it’s just the best soul fix. Life should be stress-free, and that’s what surfing is all about. It’s something you do in your sleep, with your eyes closed; it’s something you’ll constantly embrace and be passionate about, and whatever it takes, you’re gonna do it, because nothing else in the world can give you that kind of self-esteem.

– Rell Sunn

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

– William James

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.

– Natalie Goldberg

Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind. Work with what you have right now. Work with the people around you right now…. Do not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment in which to generate expression…. Do not wait till you are sure that you know what you are doing…. What you do now, what you make of your present circumstances, will determine the quality and scope of your future endeavors.

– Anne Bogart

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 Iacocca

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

– Hans Selye

Stress Quotes

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

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.

– Glenn Turner

Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath.

– Natalie Goldberg

Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.

– Natalie Goldberg

There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.

– Sylvia Plath

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

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.

– Wayne Dyer

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.

– George Burns

If you can’t change it.. change the way you think about it

– Mary Engelbreit

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.

– Fred Rogers

Stress Quotes

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.

– Arthur Frederick Saunders

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

– Hans Selye

The happier and more stress-free you are, the more people will want to be around you and the more your friends will respect you.

– Gabrielle Bernstein

My whole thing is quality of life. . .It must always be easy and low-maintenance and stress-free, and that means not trying to fit too much in. I don’t ever want to be in a hurry. I want to enjoy the moments.

– Ginnifer Goodwin

I first came to Brazil in the Sixties. Then I started coming back every year since touring most of the country. I grew to love it, the people, the music. I thought this is where I belong. I’ve been living in Brazil for the past 23 years. I call it my stress-free country.

– Dionne Warwick

Today I create a stress-free world for myself.

– Louise Hay

A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow is the birthright of every human being.

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Health: thank the universe for your own healing. Laugh, stress free happiness will keep you healthy.

– Rhonda Byrne

Always be aware that you have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you desire.

– Wayne Dyer

Live events are notorious for being pressure free. Stress free. It’s all about just doing the match. Doing what you feel.

– Chris Jericho

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I’m a stress free kind of guy.

– Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

Take the shortest route. The one that nature planned – to speak and act in the healthiest way. Do that, and be free of pain and stress, free of all calculations and pretension.

– Marcus Aurelius

A complete and accurately defined list of projects, kept current and reviewed on at least a weekly basis, is a master key to stress-free productivity.

– David Allen

A simple yet profound way to create a healthy body, a stress-free mind, and a peaceful sense of well-being.

– Aaron Hoopes

Surfing frees everything up. It’s just the best soul fix. Life should be stress free, and that’s what surfing is all about.

– Rell Sunn

Makeup can be pure fantasy–it can transform you into any kind of magical creature, whether that’s a superhero or a retro Hollywood icon or just a more fun, fresher version of yourself. Looking like a stress-free, well-rested working mom? That’s some kind of magic to me.

– Jessica Alba

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7 Ways to Stay Calm When Stressed

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A healthy immune system is responsible for fighting off bacteria, viruses, and fungi among other invaders. Stress can have negative impacts on your immune system, so it is important to learn how to stay calm during times of high stress, such as a pandemic. Here’s how.

Your body is continually exposed to organisms through your nose, mouth, eyes, and skin. It is then up to the immune system to choose how to fight off these organisms. The immune system responds to illness by creating white blood cells. However, its ability to do so is suppressed when the mind and body are facing stress.

 

7 Ways to Stay Calm When Stressed

 

The Impact of Stress on Your Immune System

When you are met with stressful situations, your body protects you by entering into the fight-or-flight mode. During this mode, your sympathetic nervous system is activated, which causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, your muscles to constrict, and your digestion to take a break.

In this state, the body releases cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and a host of hormones that may decrease white blood cells. This process helps you fight or flee from any dangers that you’re encountering. However, at the same time, you can suffer if you stay in that mode for too long, or if you are constantly in and out of fight-or-flight mode.

From 1982 to 1992, psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., and immunologist Ronald Glaser, Ph.D., studied the role of stress on medical students. They discovered that students’ immunity was compromised during testing and examination times. They had fewer natural killer cells that are responsible for fighting tumors and viruses.

Additionally, they stopped producing immunity-boosting gamma interferon. Their T-cells had a weak response to test-tube stimulation.

Stress not only impacts the numbers of white blood cells in circulation and the quantity of antibodies in the blood, but it is also associated with changes in the functioning of immune cells. People who have undergone stressful periods have a relatively large decrease in both lymphocyte proliferation and natural killer cell activity.

The longer the period of stress, the greater decrease in the number of specific types of white blood cells.

Other functions of the body are also compromised under mental and emotional disturbances. A study by Yale found that the brain shrinks under chronic stress.

Researchers examined tissues from both people that were and were not depressed. They found that those who were depressed had fewer expressions of genes that were necessary for proper brain functioning. Lastly, stress can be a trigger for inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads your immune system to attack itself out of confusion.

This may result in autoimmune conditions, obesity, mood disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome among other conditions.

The point of this information is not to set an expectation of never encountering stress, but rather to explore how you can practically recover from it. Ideally, you want the body to elicit the relaxation response every time it is recovering from a stressful scenario.

It is normal and inevitable for you to experience fear, worry, anger, and a host of emotions during a pandemic. At the same time, it serves you deeply to acknowledge that you can process these emotions for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. You can elicit the relaxation response and move from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.

The following are some ways for you to regulate your nervous system.

 

7 Ways to Stay Calm When Stressed

 

1. Explore Moderate-to-Intense Forms of Movement

You can try jogging, intuitive dancing, or jumping on a trampoline. There are also meditative forms of movement such as yoga, tai chi, or qi gong. Endless courses are available online, but you may want to join a group that meets live to increase your feelings of connection.

2. Introduce an Electronic Sabbath

Your nervous system becomes overstimulated from notifications and multitasking. Aim to put your phone away at least an hour before bedtime, and perhaps for 2-3 hours during the day.

3. Seek Sunshine and Nature to Stay Calm

The outdoors offers you healing through serotonin-producing sunshine, mineral-rich soil, and oxygen-producing plants. Low levels of serotonin can affect your mood and is associated with depression. In fact, studies attribute the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and seasonal variations in sunlight to changes in serotonin levels.

Another study found that spending time in a forest led to decreases in blood pressure, serum cortisol levels, and urinary adrenaline.

4. Spend Time with Pets and Loved Ones

Relationships with pets and loved ones can help you experience the most beautiful aspects of being human—love, joy, and fulfillment. It’s tricky to find the time, but with intention, you can carve out space for those who matter.

5. Explore Activities that Make You Lose Track of Time

This can be activities such as reading, painting, or watching a movie. Excuse yourself from your to-do list, and let yourself spend some time without an agenda.

6. Socialize

Consider starting a book club, spiritual group study, or virtual game night. Keep in touch with old friends and develop new relationships with people who share similar interests as you.

 

7 Ways to Stay Calm When Stressed

 

7. Develop Your Spiritual Practice

Meditation, Reiki healing, journaling, and prayer are tools to connect with the love and light that is your truest essence. With consistency, you will build a reserve of faith and hope.

For your optimal health, the quality of your mental and emotional state is as important as your vitamins, hand sanitizers, and masks. Your immune system’s vitality largely depends on the functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems.

While various studies demonstrate the effects of stress on white blood cells, the adrenal glands, hormones, and brain function, you do have the ability to move out of the fight-or-flight response. Lifestyle shifts, from exercise to spending time with others, can help you navigate this pandemic with more ease in mind and body.

Make your time a quality one. Stay calm and avoid stress. Thes tips here will help you stay calm amidst the turmoil. It keeps you grounded. When you stay calm, everything else falls into place. Make your life stress-free. Stay calm and feel calm at all times.

Original article by Parita Shah, Reiki Practitioner and Energy Healer.

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9 Ways to Worry Less & Reduce Anxiety Quickly

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9 Ways to Worry Less & Reduce Anxiety Quickly

There are many tools and techniques you can use to manage and eliminate anxiety and worry effectively. Below, experts shared healthy ways to worry less and cope with anxiety right here, right now at this moment.

When you’re feeling anxious, you might feel stuck and unsure of how to feel better. You might even do things that unwittingly fuel your anxiety—like hyperfocusing on the future or getting carried away by a slew of what-ifs: What if I start to feel worse? What if they hate my presentation? What if she sees me sweating? What if I bomb the exam? What if I don’t get the house?

You might judge and bash yourself for your anxiety. You might believe your negative worst-case scenario thoughts are indisputable facts.

So, how do you worry less and  reduce your anxiety right now? Thankfully, there are many tools and techniques you can use to manage anxiety effectively. Below, experts shared healthy ways to cope with anxiety right here, right now.

Here are nine ways to worry less and reduce or eliminate anxiety right now:

 

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1. Take a deep breath to worry less & reduce anxiety.

“The first thing to do when you get anxious is to breathe,” says Tom Corboy, MFT, founder and executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles and co-author of the upcoming book The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD.

Deep diaphragmatic breathing is a powerful anxiety-reducing technique because it activates the body’s relaxation response. It helps the body go from the fight-or-flight responseof the sympathetic nervous system to the relaxed response of the parasympathetic nervous system, says Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC.

She suggests this practice: “Try slowly inhaling to a count of 4, filling your belly first and then your chest, gently holding your breath to a count of 4, and slowly exhaling to a count of 4, and repeat several times.”

2. Control anxiety by accepting you’re anxious.

Remember “anxiety is just a feeling, like any other feeling,” says Deibler, author of Psych Central blog Therapy That Works. By reminding yourself that anxiety is simply an emotional reaction, you can start to accept it, adds Corboy.

Acceptance is critical because trying to wrangle or eliminate anxiety often worsens it. It just perpetuates the idea that your anxiety is intolerable, he says.

But accepting your anxiety doesn’t mean liking it or resigning yourself to a miserable existence. “It just means you would benefit by accepting reality as it is—and in that moment, reality includes anxiety. The bottom line is the feeling of anxiety is less than ideal, but it is not intolerable.”

3. Eliminate anxiety by realizing your brain is playing tricks on you.

Psychiatrist Kelli Hyland, MD, has seen firsthand how a person’s brain can make them believe they’re dying of a heart attack when they’re actually having a panic attack.

She recalls an experience she had as a medical student: “I had seen people having heart attacks and look this ill on the medical floors for medical reasons, and it looked exactly the same. A wise, kind, and experienced psychiatrist came over to [the patient] and gently, calmly reminded him he is not dying, that it will pass, and his brain is playing tricks on him. It calmed me too, and we both just stayed with him until [the panic attack] was over.”

Today, Hyland, who has a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, tells her patients the same thing: “It helps remove the shame, guilt, pressure, and responsibility for fixing yourself or judging yourself in the midst of needing nurturing more than ever.”

4. When you are anxious, question your thoughts.

“When people are anxious, their brains start coming up with all sorts of outlandish ideas, many of which are highly unrealistic and unlikely to occur,” Corboy says. And these thoughts only heighten an individual’s already anxious state.

For instance, say you’re about to give a wedding toast. Thoughts like “Oh, my God, I can’t do this. It will kill me” may be running through your brain.

Remind yourself, however, that this isn’t a catastrophe, and, in reality, no one has died giving a toast, Corboy says. “Yes, you may be anxious, and you may even flub your toast,” he says. “But the worst thing that will happen is that some people, many of whom you will never see again, will get a few chuckles, and, by tomorrow, they will have completely forgotten about it.”

Deibler also suggests asking yourself these questions when challenging your thoughts:

  • “Is this worry realistic?
  • Is this really likely to happen?
  • If the worst possible outcome happens, what would be so bad about that?
  • Could I handle that?
  • What might I do?
  • If something bad happens, what might that mean about me?
  • Is this really true or does it just seem that way?
  • What might I do to prepare for whatever may happen?”

5. Calm down by using a calming visualization.

Hyland suggests practicing the following meditation regularly, which will make it easier to access when you’re anxious in the moment: “Picture yourself on a river bank or outside in a favorite park, field, or beach. Watch leaves pass by on the river or clouds pass by in the sky. Assign [your] emotions, thoughts, [and] sensations to the clouds and leaves, and just watch them float by.”

This is very different from what people typically do. Typically, we assign emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations certain qualities and judgments, such as good or bad, right or wrong, Hyland says. And this often amplifies anxiety. Remember: “It is all just information.”

6. Control worry by being an observer—without judgment.

Hyland gives her new patients a 3×5 index card with the following written on it: “Practice observing (thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations, judgment) with compassion or without judgment.”

Explains Hyland: “I have had patients come back after months or years and say they still have that card on their mirror or up on their car dash, and it helps them.”

7. Combat stress with positive self-talk.

Anxiety can produce a lot of negative chatter. Tell yourself “positive coping statements,” says Deibler. For instance, you might say, “this anxiety feels bad, but I can use strategies to manage it.”

 

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8. Minimize anxiety by focusing on right now.

“When people are anxious, they are usually obsessing about something that might occur in the future,” Corboy says. Instead, pause, breathe, and pay attention to what’s happening right now, he says.

Even if something serious is happening, focusing on the present moment will improve your ability to manage the situation, he adds.

9. Calm yourself by concentrating on meaningful activities.

When you’re feeling anxious, it’s also helpful to focus your attention on a “meaningful, goal-directed activity,” says Corboy. He suggests asking yourself what you’d be doing if you weren’t anxious.

If you were going to see a movie, still go. If you were going to do the laundry, still do it. “The worst thing you can do when anxious is to passively sit around obsessing about how you feel,” he says.

Doing what needs to get done teaches you key lessons: getting out of your head feels better; you’re able to live your life even though you’re anxious; and you’ll get things done.

“The bottom line is,” he says, “get busy with the business of life. Don’t sit around focusing on being anxious—nothing good will come of that.”

Make each day of your life count. Worry less and reduce anxiety as much as possible. When you worry less, you won’t be too stressed all the time. Make room for calm in your life. Let your soul be your number one priority. These ways here will help you to worry less and reduce anxiety quickly. You can master these steps so that your daily life will be lighter, calmer, and happier.

Original article by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS.

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5 Steps to Stop Worrying & Start Living

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There’s no way to cure worry, says Elisha Goldstein. But we can learn to get better at recognizing it, and gently guide ourselves back to what matters. We learn how to stop worrying and start living.

We’ve all heard the saying that in life there are ups and down and there is the classic eastern saying that life is filled with 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. With this there’s the wisdom that all things come and go, but the brain has a funny way of amplifying the sorrows and minimizing the joys for good evolutionary reasons. Whenever the brain perceived something as “bad” it starts to worry about it. But often times there is no real utility to the worry, it only serves to dig us into a deeper hole and blinds us to the joys that might be waiting around the corner.

There really is no way to cure worrying, but we can learn to get better and better at recognizing it and gently guiding ourselves back to a sense of perspective and what matters.

1. Soften your understanding of worry

The utility of worry is to try and anticipate and avoid any potential dangers and to keep us safe. It’s the brain trying to protect us and so worrying certainly has its place and time. But often times worrying only serves to ramp up our nervous system and kick us into an imbalanced place that only leads to more worrying. The brain has good intentions, but it leads us down a destructive vicious cycle.

 

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2. Allow and accept the feeling of fear and stop worrying

Worrying usually arouses the feeling of fear or anxiety. In this mindful step, we’re simply acknowledging that this feeling is here. Calling it out. We want to do the opposite of resist it, because what we resist persists. So instead we practice allowing it to be as it is. Here you are just saying to yourself, “allowing, allowing, allowing.”


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3. Feel into worry with kindness

Now we have the opportunity to deepen our awareness and investigate the feeling. Here you may choose to put your hand on your heart or wherever you feel the sensation in your body. This is one way of signaling to the brain a sense of love or kindness to the feeling, which may shift it all by itself. The brain also has to map the sensation of the touch with is inversely correlated with mental rumination, turning the volume down on negative thinking.

Try this simple practice to stop worrying:

  • As you feel into worry you might ask, “What does this feeling believe?” Does it believe you are unlovable, unworthy, or perhaps that if you allow it to be, it will consume you?
  • Ask the question, what does this feeling need right now? Does it need to feel cared for, to feel secure, to feel a sense of belonging?
  • Whatever the answer, see if you can plant these as seeds in yourself. For example, you can plant the seeds of intention saying, “May I feel safe and secure, may I be free from this fear, may I feel a sense of belonging.”Make this personal to whatever your needs are.

4. Expand your awareness out to include all people

Whatever the worrying is about, it’s important you know you’re not alone. Feeling vulnerable is part of the human condition and millions of people struggle with the same source of vulnerability that you experience. But when we’re feeling vulnerable with anxiety it often times is all about us, we need to also impersonalize the experience and get outside of ourselves.

You can do this by imagining all the other people who struggle worrying and wish them all the same intentions that you just wished yourself.

For example, May we all feel a sense of safety and security, May we all be free from the fear that keeps us stick in a perpetual cycle of worry, May we all feel that sense of belonging, etc…

 

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5. Repeat steps one through four as often as necessary to practice more on how to stop worrying.

If you notice, steps one through four spell the acronym SAFE so you can easily remember what it is and what it’s for. As you intentionally practice this over and again, in time you will notice that you start to become less reactive to the worried mind, more compassionate with yourself as it arises, and even have perspective that this worrying is part of the human condition and you are not alone.

When we’re able to turn the volume down on worrying in our lives, what will be there instead? For many people, it’s a sense of spaciousness, ease, and joy.

This article by Elisha Goldstein is a perfect guide on how to stop worrying too much. Live more every day and stop worrying.

 

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Sheila J. Highland

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Restless Useless Thoughts

One aspect of life that can feel hard to deal with are thoughts you don’t want to have. These can be restless useless thoughts that fill the mind, or compulsive thoughts that keep coming back despite your desire to get rid of them. Anyone who has had the same tune running through his or her mind for a day or two knows how pointless a restless mind can be. But more serious are uncontrollable thoughts attached to emotions.

Millions of people have anxious thoughts, for example, which helps account for the fact that the number of Americans on long-term tranquilizers has doubled since 2010. There is only a fine line separating the feeling of panic or worry and the thoughts that stream into the mind, as if carried on a wave of anxiety. Let’s consider the whole spectrum from restless useless thoughts that are just a nuisance to thoughts that impair your quality of life.

Should the Mind Be Full of Thoughts?

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The first thing to ask is whether the mind is supposed to be so full of thoughts. The everyday reality of restless useless thoughts doesn’t really provide an answer. Your mind is busy because you are busy. Your mind reflects the level of stress all around you, including family demands, deadlines at work, and so on. When you go on a vacation to relax from everyday pressure, the mind naturally calms down. So, it might seem that thoughts go up and down according to what is going on in your life.

That’s certainly true, but the reason goes deeper than you might think. The real answer has to do with awareness. When your awareness remains on the surface of the mind, which is where restless thoughts occur, the world “in here” is as busy and chaotic as the world “out there.” In a calmer setting, one’s awareness settles into a quieter place. Mindfulness is really the practice of reminding yourself that you can access this quieter place at will.

Pure Consciousness Is Without Thought

But peace and quiet, which most people long for, is just the threshold to the deepest state of awareness, which we can call pure consciousness. Here you can find the actual answer to the restless mind. Pure consciousness is without thought. It is the ground state of the mind; here you discover that awareness can rest in its own nature, without regard to any thoughts. Once you experience pure consciousness through meditation, your attention wants to go back there as often as it can.

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This is not a passing desire. Experiencing pure consciousness brings you into contact with your quiet, peaceful source. Within a few days or a week of meditation, the entire body-mind begins to shift. This can be measured in terms of lowered stress hormone levels, lower blood pressure, and other biological markers. But just as important is how you relate to your mind. Most people mistake the activity in their minds—the constant stream of sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts—for the mind itself.

Meditation Reshapes the Relationship with Your Mind

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But your mind isn’t the same as the contents of your mind. Bread, cakes, and cookies can be made from flour, but the flour itself is different from the products it can be turned into. Likewise, the essence of the mind, the raw ingredient, so to speak, is consciousness. Consciousness bubbles up as thoughts and feelings, but in itself, the essence of consciousness is an open, clear, alert, boundless mind. With time, meditation reshapes your relationship to your mind. You stop identifying with restless thoughts and start identifying with pure consciousness. Now you have crossed the threshold from quiet, peaceful mind to a state of awareness that brings its own stability and permanence.

No one and nothing can take pure consciousness away, diminish it, or affect it through stress and fear. I am not smoothing over the medical side of anxiety and depression. Those states have deep roots, both in a person’s life and biology. It’s a natural part of the body-mind’s healing response, when something makes you afraid or sad, to return to a normal state of mind as quickly as possible. When the process of returning to a normal state of emotional balance doesn’t occur, some kind of therapeutic intervention is called for, just as with any physical imbalance like low blood sugar or hypertension.

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Yet the everyday experience of restless useless thoughts drains a person’s energy, creates mental fatigue, and promotes the effects of stress. There are many reasons, then, to consider meditation, but one of the most practical is the opportunity to relate to your mind at its source, where you will meet a new reality and at the same time renew yourself. Here you discover that the source of the restless mind is not only peaceful and quiet, it is peace and silence itself. That silence is your essential nature.

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Dealing With Adversity

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Dealing With AdversityWhenever you experience tough times you will almost always search for answers.

Real Life Experiences was created to give people opportunity to understand what lies ahead.A daughter who was dealing with adversity complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and in the last, he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a mug. Turning to her he asked, “Daring, what do you see?” she replied: “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,”

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She humbly asked. “What does it mean, Father?”

He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed to the water. “Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

“Man’s fate is the result of his action “– Unknown

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17 Shocking Reasons Why You’re Stressed Out

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You’re probably all too aware of the major sources of stress in your life — money, your terrible commute, the construction workers who start jackhammering at 5 a.m. But stress and anxiety don’t have to just come from obvious or even negative sources. “There are plenty of chronic strains and low-grade challenges that don’t necessarily overwhelm you in the moment, but almost take more of a toll in the long run,” says Scott Schieman, Ph.D., professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. These are some of unexpected reasons why you might feel anxious or agitated. By recognizing them for what they are, says Schieman, you can better prepare to cope.

1. Everyday Annoyances

We’re told not to sweat the small stuff, but sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact on our mood: the never-ending phone calls with your insurance company, the rude cashier at the grocery store, the 20 minutes you lose looking for a parking space. “We let these things bother us because they trigger unconscious fears,” says Yeager — fears of being seen as irresponsible, of being bullied or embarrassed, or of being late all the time, for example. “Sometimes you need to take a step back and realize that you’re doing the best you can given the circumstances.”

2. Social Media

It may seem like Facebook is the only way you keep up with the friends you don’t see regularly — which, during particularly busy times, can be just about all of them. The social network also has a downside, according to a 2015 study from the Pew Research Center: It can make you aware of stressful situations in your friends’ lives, which in turn can add more stress to your life. The Pew report didn’t find that social media users, overall, had higher levels of stress, but previous studies have suggested that frequent social-media use can be associated with negative body image and prolonged breakup pain.

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3. Your Childhood

Traumatic events that happened when you were a kid can continue to affect your stress levels and overall health into adulthood. A 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison study found that these childhood experiences may actually change parts of the brain responsible for processing stress and emotion. The way you were raised can also have a lasting impact on your everyday angst, suggests a 2014 Johns Hopkins University study. Researchers found that children of parents with social anxiety disorders are more likely to develop “trickle-down anxiety” — not simply because of their genes, but because of their parents’ behaviors toward them such as a lack of warmth and emotion, or high levels of criticism and doubt.

4. Your Expectations

When things don’t go the way you’ve planned, do you tend to get upset and act defensively, or do you roll with the punches and set off on a new plan? If it’s the former, you could be contributing to a mindset of pessimism and victimization that will slowly wear you down, even when things may not be as bad as they seem. “Your level of serenity is inversely proportionate to your expectations,” says Yeager. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set ambitious goals for yourself or settle for less than what you want, of course, but being realistic about what’s truly possible is important, as well.

5. Multitasking

Think you’re being super efficient by tackling four tasks at once? Chances are you’re not — and it’s only decreasing your productivity while increasing your stress. A 2012 University of Irvine study, for example, found that people who responded to emails all day long while also trying to get their work done experienced more heart-rate variability (an indicator of mental stress) than those who waited to respond to all of their emails at one time. Focusing on one task at a time can ensure that you’re doing that job to the best of your abilities and getting the most out of it, so you won’t have to worry about or go back and fix it later, says Schieman. And don’t worry: You’ll have enough time to do it all. In fact, you may discover you have more time than you thought.

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6. Digital Devices

Whether you’re using it for work or play, technology may play a large role in your mental health, says Yeager. Using computers or e-readers too close to bedtime could lead to sleep problems, he says, and spending too much time virtually socializing can make real-life interactions seem extra stressful. (Plus, texting doesn’t trigger the same feel-good hormones as face-to-face talk does.) Then there’s the dreaded “work creep,” says Schieman, when smartphones allow employees to be tethered to their jobs, even during off-hours. “People say they’re only going to check email for an hour while they’re on vacation, but the problem with email is that they’re filled with responsibilities, new tasks, and dilemmas that are going to be hard to compartmentalize and put out of your head once that hour is up.”

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7. Housework

Does folding laundry help you feel calm, or does it make your blood boil? If you’re in a living situation where you feel you’re responsible for an unfair share of work, even chores you once enjoyed may start to feel like torture. “Dividing up housework and parenting responsibilities can be tricky, especially if both partners work outside the home,” says Schieman. “And whether you define that division of labor as equal or unequal can really change your attitude toward it.”

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8. Your Pet

No matter how much you love your furry friends, there’s no question that they add extra responsibility to your already full plate. Even healthy animals need to be fed, exercised, cleaned up after, and given plenty of attention on a regular basis — and unhealthy ones can be a whole other story. “Pets can be the most positive source of unconditional love, but at the same time they require an extreme amount of energy,” says Yeager. People also tend to underestimate the stress they’ll experience when they lose a pet. “I’ve had people in my office tell me they cried more when their dog died than when their parent died. It’s a very emotional connection.”


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9. Your Significant Other

Even if you have a blissfully happy relationship with your live-in partner or spouse, you’re both bound to do things that get on each other’s nerves. “Early in the relationship, it’s usually about space and habits — like whether you squeeze the toothpaste from the middle or the bottom of the tube,” says Ken Yeager, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Later on, you might clash over parenting style or financial issues, and finding a unified front to face these issues together.” So what’s the key to surviving and thriving in your life together? Finding balance, says Yeager: spending the right amount of time together (not too much and not too little), making compromises, keeping communication open and honest, and remembering to acknowledge what you love about each other on a daily basis.

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10. Other People’s Stress

Stress is contagious, according to a 2014 German study: In a series of experiments, most participants who simply observed others completing a stressful task experienced an increase themselves in production of the stress hormone cortisol — a phenomenon known as empathic stress. You can also experience stress when someone you know is affected by a traumatic event, like a car crash or a chronic illness. “You start to worry, ‘Oh my gosh, could that happen to me?’,” says Yeager. “We tend not to think about these things until they hit close to home.”

11. Distraction

A distraction can be a good thing then when it takes your mind off of a stressful situation or difficult decision, like when you take a break from work to meet a friend for lunch. But it works the other way, as well: When you’re so busy thinking about something else that you can’t enjoy what’s going on around you, that kind of distraction can be a recipe for stress. Practicing mindfulness gives you brain the refresh it needs, says Richard Lenox, director of the Student Counseling Center at Texas Tech University. Paying full attention to your surroundings when you’re walking and driving can help, he adds. “Stress and anxiety tend to melt away when our mind is focused on the present.”

12. Tea And Chocolate

You probably know to take it easy on the coffee when you’re already feeling on edge. “Caffeine is always going to make stress worse,” says Yeager. But you may not think as much about drinking several cups of tea at once, or chowing down on a bar of dark chocolate — both of which can contain nearly as much caffeine as a cup of joe. “Chocolate is a huge caffeine source,” says Yeager. “I know people who don’t drink coffee but they’ll eat six little candy bars in a two-hour period because they want the same kind of jolt.” Too much caffeine, in any form, can cause problems with sleep, digestion, and irritability.

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13. Your Reaction To Stress

If you tend to deal with stressful situations by working long hours, skipping your workouts, and bingeing on junk food, we’ve got some bad news: You’re only making it worse. “We know that physical activity and healthy foods will help your body better deal with stress, and yet we often avoid them when we need them the most,” says Yeager. “People really need to think about this downward spiral we get into and work harder to counteract it.”


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14. Your Favorite Sport

Watching a tight game of college hoops can stress you out — even if your alma mater wins. “The body doesn’t distinguish between ‘bad’ stress from life or work and ‘good’ stress caused by game-day excitement,” says Jody Gilchrist, a nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Heart and Vascular Clinic. Watching sports can even trigger the body’s sympathetic nervous system, releasing adrenaline and reducing blood flow to the heart. Those temporary consequences aren’t usually anything to be concerned about, but over time, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and increased disease risk. And, of course, it doesn’t help if you’re adding alcohol and binge-eating to a situation that’s already stressful on your body. You may not be able to control the outcome of the game, says Gilchrist, but you can limit its effects on your own body.

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15. Your (Good) Health

While it may not be as stressful as having a chronic illness or getting bad news at the doctor’s office, even people in the best shape of their lives worry about their bodies, their diets, and their fitness levels. In fact, people who take healthy living to an extreme may experience some rather unhealthy side effects. People who follow low-carb diets, for example, are more likely to report being sad or stressed out, while those on any kind of restrictive meal plan may feel more tired than usual. And it’s not unheard of for someone to become obsessed with healthy eating (known as orthorexia) or working out (gymorexia). Like any form of perfectionism, these problems can be stressful at best, and extremely dangerous at worst.

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16. Uncertainty

Stress can be defined as any perceived or actual threat, says Yeager, so any type of doubt that’s looming over you can contribute to your anxiety levels on a daily basis. “When you know something could change at any minute, you always have your guard up and it’s hard to just relax and enjoy anything.” Financial uncertainty may be the most obvious stressor — not being sure if you’ll keep your job during a round of layoffs, or not knowing how you’ll pay your credit card bill. Insecurities in other areas of life, like your relationship or your housing status, can eat away at you too.

17. Your Education

Having a college degree boosts your odds of landing a well-paying job, so although you’re less likely to suffer from money-related anxiety, your education can bring on other types of stress, according to a 2014 study by Schieman and his University of Toronto colleagues. His research found that highly educated people were more likely to be stressed out thanks to job pressures, being overworked, and conflicts between work and family. “Higher levels of authority come with a lot more interpersonal baggage, such as supervising people or deciding whether they get promotions,” says Schieman. “With that type of responsibility, you start to take things like incompetency and people not doing their jobs more personally, and it bothers you more.”

 

Source: HuffingtonPost

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