Stress of all levels and for all reasons has been in and out of my life since way back when.

I could tell you stories, but you probably have plenty of your own, right?

Truth is it’s just a reality…life is often crazy busy. And most of the time we never really got down to working out how to reduce stress and anxiety in our life.

We find ourselves with less and less time to experience activities that help us relax or slow down, because of our crazy busy world.

Gone are those long weekends of just being. No time.  Gone is the opportunity for that yoga class, or meditation group.  No time.

And yet we’ve frequently been told that stress is one of the primary causes of major health problems in our lives.  Yikes.

Who doesn’t want to live a long happy healthy life?

The American Psychological Association tells us that untreated chronic stress can result in insomnia, high blood pressure and worse can lead to our getting some really serious illnesses like heart disease or big time depression.

Wow…I’m feel stressed and depressed just writing this!

So what to do if we’re to reduce stress and anxiety in our life?

What we really need is a toolbox filled with stress management techniques that we can pick and choose from, depending on particular cause of stress in the moment.

I’m not offering that right now, we’ll keep that for a later article.

What I am offering you is one super powerful technique to start your toolbox off.


Okay it might not seem like a great tool to help reduce stress and anxiety, but sometimes it only takes a few words to take us to the other side of fear. 

Which is all stress and anxiety really are when you boil it down.

A few mindset tweaks, that take no time at all, might not reduce the most severe stress and anxiety related challenges, but they can help many of us in a major way.

Stupendous quotes for reducing stress and anxiety


1. Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. Jodi Picoult

2. You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. Dan Millman

3. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. Charles Spurgeon

4. 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,

5. You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

6. When you change the way you look at life you literally shape a different life for yourself. Elle Sommer

7. I just give myself permission to suck. I find this hugely liberating. John Green

8. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency. Natalie Goldberg

9. 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

10. Breath is the power behind all things…. I breathe in and know that good things will happen. Tao Porchon-Lynch

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

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

13. The key to reducing anxiety is to let each situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be. Elle Sommer

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

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

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

17. 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

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

19. Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change. Anonymous

20. Understand this and set yourself free: we are not our bodies; we are not even our minds. Elle sommer

21. 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

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

23. Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. Kahlil Gibran

Final words

I hope these uplifting and inspiring words bring you some peace in our crazy often overwhelming world, you deserve nothing less dear one.

I’d love to hear from you once you’ve read this. 

What new insights did you glean and what are you going to do to reduce the stress and anxiety in your world. Or share quotes that have made a difference for you.  

Thank you so much for visiting, sharing, and adding your voice in the comments below.

Keep listening to the inner you, the one that truly has your best interests at heart.

And don’t forget to…

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


P.S . I have a favorite essential oil that I use most days called Stress Away.  It smells divine and truly keeps me in a more relaxed state regardless of the challenges the day brings.

Click here to find out how you can get it. Or email me at if you want to know more.



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Reading quotes is a great way to remind ourselves about releasing stress. Thanks for compiling this list!

    • Hi Evelyn, you’re very welcome. As I said to Cathy, I found myself quoting one of these powerful quotes to myself when things were getting to be a bit of a challenge one recent day. lol. 🙂

  2. Each quote is a gem, Elle! I love the rocking chair quote because it is so apt about worry. One thing I’ve learned over the years when I stress over something is to ask myself – will this matter one month/year/week from now? The answer is usually soothing. There are situations that don’t matter even 24 hours from when we worry over them.

    Love the post – because I find encouraging words make a huge difference!

    • Great question to ask ourselves Vidya…it’s just remembering to do it, right? lol. 🙂

    • Go for it Debbie. I know some of them are quotes you don’t see all over the internet, so it’s good to have some fresh thoughts to share with others. 🙂

  3. Cathy Taughinbaugh

    These are wonderful quotes about stress, Elle. I’m a fairly calm person, so I don’t feel stress plays a big role in my life. At the same time when I do feel stressed, it affects me in a big way. Stress over a long period of time is especially unhealthy for anyone. The more I help myself feel peaceful and calm, the better I function in life.

    • So true Cathy…stress is not helpful to us in any roles in our life. And I think just focusing on powerful quotes like this can make all the difference. I found myself using one in my life only the other day as a reminder not to get caught up in stuff. It made me laugh out loud. 🙂 .

  4. These are fantastic. And just what I need as I seemed to be wired for stress, some people are more prone to stress. So I need inspiration and tools like these quotes to remind myself to breathe and let go. Thank you so much, Elle.

    • I so agree with you Sandra, some people are definitely more wired for stress than others. I’m so glad these quotes reminded you to breathe and let go. Love Elle 🙂

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