Help from some famous people for dealing with stress

March 13, 2016

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, philosopher, author


What happens when we're willing to feel bad is that, sure enough, we often feel bad - but without the stress of futile avoidance. Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests, and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes parts of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined.

-- Martha Beck, life coach, sociologist, author, speaker


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

-- William James, philosopher, psychologist


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

-- Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, HealthCare, and Society 


Sometimes, counter-intuitively, it's easier to make a major change than a minor change. When a habit is changing very gradually, we may lose interest, give way under stress, or dismiss the change as insignificant. There's an excitement and an energy that comes from a big transformation, and that helps to create a habit.

-- Gretchen Rubin, author


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, actor, poet, musician, photographer, painter.


Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’re attached to something that’s not true for you

-- Byron Katie, author


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, theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, professor


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, taxi driver beaten by L.A. Police whose acquittal led to the ‘92 riots ("Can't we just all get along?")


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, author


Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.

-- Shawn Achor, happiness researcher, author (and gave one of the best TED talks ever)


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 "Mister" Rogers, educator, minister, composer, author, activist.


For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.  

-- Lily Tomlin, actress, comedian


Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  

-- Chinese Proverb (I know, it’s not a famous person but I love this and think this is a great one to end on.)



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