Every day we are stressing ourselves out and getting ourselves worked up and the trials of everyday life can leave us feeling like we have to do more than what we have so far. But all this anxiety is doing is making others happy while putting ourselves on the backburner.
It’s hard to learn how to calm down when you’re stressed out, but you need to try and put yourself first. Try to de-stress, calm down, and focus on yourself or the task at hand, because everything else can wait.
It may not seem like it at the time, but it’s true. Your health is not worth all of this stress you carry on your shoulders.
Stress probably feels like it’s eating you alive, sometimes, but there is no reason to let it get the best of you. Instead, you need to take some time to put your stress to the side and focus on you for a little bit each day.
Do a puzzle, play with your cat or dog, make something good for dinner, take a long bath — something just for you. It may feel weird to put yourself first, but you will get used to it. When you take some solid time for yourself, you will find that you can handle your stress load a lot easier.
Just remember, when you take a minute for yourself, you are bettering yourself so that you can be a better person for others. That’s what you need to do, not struggle with trivial things that stress you out.
If someone is making you anxious and not lifting you up, you may want to try and let them go. There is someone better out there for you, who will cherish you for who you are.
Here are some stress quotes about anxiety to remind you that you shouldn’t worry all the time, that you need to shake it off and let go of the toxic people and things in your life.
1. You have to carry your stress in a specific way.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” —Lou Holtz
2. You have the ability to chose what you stress over.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to chose one thought over another.” —Unknown
3. Let it go.
“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” —Terri Guillemets
4. It may seem important right now, but is it really?
“A year from now, everything you are stressing about won’t even matter.” —Unknown
5. Don’t forget to breathe.
“Breath is all the power behind all things … I breathe in and know that good things will happen.” —Tao Porchon-Lynch
6. You shine brighter when nothing is holding you back.
“The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” —Katrina Mayer
7. Everything in your past has made you who you are.
“Pause and remember: Every single event in your life, especially the difficult lessons, have made you smarter, stronger, and wiser than you were yesterday.” —Unknown
8. You are enough.
“You are enough. You do enough. Breathe extra deep, let go, and just live right now in the moment.” —Unknown
9. Don’t let others cause you stress.
“The people in your life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing it. If not let go.” —Unknown
10. Everything is OK.
“It’s okay to start over. It’s okay to rebuild. It’s okay to be scared.” —Unknown
11. Sometimes you don’t even understand your own stress.
“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.” —Unknown
12. Turn a negative into a positive.
“Adopt the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” —Hans Selye
13. Learn to make yourself happy.
“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” —Paulo Coelho
14. Stress is a response to a stimulus.
“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens, and response is something we can choose.” —Maureen Killoran
15. There is not enough time to do everything.
“You can do anything but not everything.” —Unknown
16. What’s stressing you is not worth it.
“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
17. How you respect your stress, impacts how healthy your life will be.
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” —Hans Selye
18. Don’t let yourself get worn out.
“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” —Astrid Alauda
19. Sometimes our imagination is our greatest setback.
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” —Seneca
20. Nothing will last, so there is no reason to stress.
“Nothing is permanent. Don’t stress yourself too much because no matter how bad the situation is … it will change.” —Unknown
21. Find your inner calm within all the chaos around you.
“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” —Donna Karan
22. Not every day will be so bad.
“Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” —Johnny Depp
23. Stress doesn’t match.
“Stress doesn’t really go with my outfit.” —Unknown
24. Is stress really a mental illness, but an acceptable one too?
“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” —Unknown
25. There are opportunities out there in some of the most unexpected circumstances.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein
Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.