If you find worry and stress are uppermost in your thoughts today, you won’t be alone.  Not that that’s a very comforting thought I know. And what do you tend to think about most? Is it how lonely it is for you, or how stressed you are about your family’s wellbeing in times of crisis?

We’re all faced with our new normal and it demands energy from us and often times sheltering at home denies us the typical ways we can recharge our batteries. Self-care often flies out of the window.

We need to replace thoughts of worry or stress with some that are more of a vibrational match to what we’d like to see, what we’d all much prefer to be experiencing. We need something to break the energetic bonds of worry and stress or anxiety and frustration.

So I thought I’d share some quotes to hopefully encourage and remind you that though worry, stress or anxiety might be part of our normal right now, you really do deserve to nourish yourself, and to be as compassionate towards you as you are to those you care most about.

57 Quotes on Worry and Stress to Remind You Self-Care Matters

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

William S. Burroughs

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

William James

It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.

Wayne Dyer

Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

Parker Palmer

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy

Leo F. Buscaglia

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.

Jill Bolte Taylor

The world won’t get more or less terrible if we’re indoors somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate.

 Kamila Shamsie

57 Quotes on Worry and Stress to Remind You Self-Care Matters

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Swedish Proverb

Self care is a deliberate choice to gift ourself with people, places, things, events and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health – body, mind and spirit.

Laurie Buchanan

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Dale Carnegie

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

Henry Ward Beecher

Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche

There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.

Brian Andreas

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

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 F. Burns

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

E. Joseph Cossman

Self care is how you take your power back.

Lalah Delia

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.

L.R Knost

When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.

John O’Donohue

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold

John Jay Chapman

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

 Nelson DeMille

Please be kind to your body, take care of it, because it loves you unconditionally.

Latika Teotia

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

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.

Mac Anderson

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

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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

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


That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent

Chinese Proverb

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.

Erma Bombeck

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

Etty Hillesum

Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.

Deborah Day

Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life

Garson Kanin

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.

Caroline Myss

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.

Christopher Germer

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

Brian Tracy

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

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

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

 Eleanor Brown

Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.

Katie Reed

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Maya Angelou

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Washington Thurman

Choose, everyday, to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love

Alison Malee

Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.

 Cullen Hightower

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

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

Hermann Hesse

“Continually swimming in an endless sea of sensation can at times be exhausting, regardless if it is beautifully terrible or terribly beautiful, and this is why your deep-rooted need for peace and self care is essential to support your superb sensitivity.

Victoria Erickson

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

Harold Stephen

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

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.


Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself—what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.

Warsan Shire

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment

Stephen Covey

When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.

 Paulo Coelho

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

Robert Eliot

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

Benjamin Franklin

Self care is a divine responsibility.

Danielle LaPorte

With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the fearful, critical mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side. I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.

Susan Weiss Berry

There are no right answers. Or one size fits all. It’s natural for us to feel a bunch of different things. So please give yourself a break. Maybe you’re not as productive as you’re used to being, don’t put yourself under pressure to do more. Refuse to feel guilty. Accept that it is what it is.

No matter what you feel from day to day, let’s simply embrace the struggles we’re going through. The impact on us all is real. And whether you vacillate between feeling hopeful to helpless may these quotes bring solace and comfort when days are dark.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



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.

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