16 Calming Quotes to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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We all experience stress and anxiety in our lives, but when it begins to interfere with the quality of our lives, it’s time to let go. We worry about our relationships. We get anxious about work and what colleagues think of us. We worry about all that we say or do — things we’ve done in the past, things we might do in the future. Soon, many of us get caught into this trap of worry that we forget to live our lives as it was intended. We lose our flow.

So let go of all the ways you thought life would unfold. Let go of the struggle and fear. Let go and find a place of peace and transformation. Below are 16 stress-relieving quotes and perspectives to help.

In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.
— Jack Kornfield
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
— Henry Miller
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
— Lao Tzu
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
— Confucius
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.
— Proverb
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
— Wayne W. Dyer
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
— William James
Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
— Hans Selye
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell
There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
— James Carroll
Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
— Hermann Hesse
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
To experience peace doesn’t 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 power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
— Eckhart Tolle

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