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Key Takeaways:

  • Stress, when unmanaged, can cause low self-esteem, insecurity, demotivation, and even physical illness.
  • Positive affirmations and inspirational quotes about stress can help children and adults achieve a more productive mindset, encouraging them to overcome stress.

Children often struggle to deal with stress, especially as they experience academic pressures and the woes of fitting in. Fortunately, words are a powerful method of soul-soothing. According to studies, self-affirmations can improve emotional regulation, resulting in resilient and well-adjusted teenagers [*].

60 Calming Quotes About Stress for Inner Peace

If you have a child who struggles with anxiety, adding these 60 quotes about stress to their arsenal of daily affirmations can improve their stress management skills.

1. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

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

3. Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. - Eckhart Tolle

4. It’s not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it. - Hans Selye

5. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford

6. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. - Tao Te Ching

7. You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - Christopher Robin

8. 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

9. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle. - Christian D. Larson

10. Sometimes, the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. - Nicole Reed

11. Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming - Robert Tew

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

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

14. These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. - Najwa Zebian

15. No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past. - Karen Salmansohn

16. If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. - Amit Ray

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

18. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa

19. Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind to do something that is productive. - Ziggy Marley

20. 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 Rogers

21. There is more to life than increasing its speed. - Mahatma Gandhi

22. Stress is simply the adaptation of our bodies and minds to change. - Peter G. Hanson

23. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you. - Annie Lamott

24. You can do anything, but not everything. - David Allen

25. It's a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life. - Paulo Coelho

26. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. - Elbert Hubbard

27. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. - JK Rowling

28. Today, expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

29. Even too much sunshine can be devastating, while only with rain can growth occur. Accept both as part of the growing process in the garden of life.” - Donald S. Neviaser

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

31. Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. - Joan Borysenko

32. There is no such thing as a stress-free life. No evidence has ever been presented, which suggests that a stress-free life can ever be achieved. Stress can be managed, relieved, and lessened, but never eliminated. - Gudjon Bergmann

33. Tension is a habit. Relaxing is a habit. Bad habits can be broken, good habits formed. - William James

34. A good way to overcome stress is to help others out of theirs. - Dada J. P. Vaswani

35. Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. - Bryant McGill

36. Relax. No one else knows what they’re doing either. - Ricky Gervais

37. Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. - Thich Nhat Hanh

38. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate. - Roy T. Bennett

39. We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. - David Mamet

40. 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

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

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

43. The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down was the day she began to shine the brightest. - Katrina Mayer

44. 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. - Andrew J. Bernstein

45. You don't have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step. – Martin Luther King

46. Take chances, make mistakes–that is how we grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore

47. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain. - Maya Angelou

48. Cheer up; the worst is yet to come. Simply put, quit worrying over the little stuff and wait for something really big. - ‎Unknown

49. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly. - Anonymous proverb

50. The next time you are tempted to get anxious or upset about something – especially something in the past or the future – think about what you are doing and turn your mind to what is going on today. - Joyce Meyers

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

52. Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. - Deepak Chopra

53. Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. - Dalai Lama

54. Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

55. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down. - Eleanor Roosevelt

56. Keep calm and carry on. - Winston Churchill

57. After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere. - George Bernard Shaw

58. A very wise man once told me that you can’t look back — you just have to put the past behind you and find something better in your future. - Jodi Picoult

59. What worries you masters you. - John Locke

60. As usual, the deed was less daunting than the thought of it. - Osamu Tezuka

The Bottom Line

Stress is inevitable whether a child, teenager, adult, teacher, or parent. However, it need not be unbeatable. With the appropriate mindset, a dependable support system, and the best tools, you can combat stress and keep your spirits up!

If your child is suffering from stressful circumstances, processing their thoughts with our stress management worksheets may help.


  1. Cascio CN, Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Tinney FJ, et al. “Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015.

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