19 Calming Quotes to Help You Stress Less

No matter how easygoing you are, life can get stressful. And when stress takes over, even for those who appear to have the calmest center, it can be a chore to find your Zen again.

The emotional demand of stress can build up over time, but if you learn to silence the outside world, if you find an unshakable peace, you’ll find a way to return to your happy place, no matter what.

Related: Stop Stressing About Stress

To help you get there faster, here are 19 calming quotes for peaceful vibes.

1. Be still.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” —James Carroll

2. Have faith.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

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

3. Be yourself.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

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

4. Breathe.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh

5. Manage your emotions.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

Calmness is the cradle of power.” —Josiah Gilbert Holland

6. Have an open heart.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.” —Tsoknyi Rinpoche

7. Don’t force anything.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“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

8. Feed your soul.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“Understand this and be free: we are not in our bodies; our bodies are inside us.” —Sean A. Mulvihill

9. Find inner peace.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” —Brian Tracy

10. Collect yourself.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

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

11. Occupy your mind.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” —Ziggy Marley

12. Don’t worry.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

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

13. Empower yourself and regain control.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” —Terri Guillemets

14. Change your mindset.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

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

15. Let go.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” —Katrina Mayer

16. Retreat into nature.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. Live in the present.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” —Oprah Winfrey

18. Be calm.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“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

19. Know this: Everything will be OK.

19 Calming Quotes to Stress Less

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” —Buddha

Related: 10 Ways Successful People Stay Calm

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Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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