You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, you get them from what’s eating you. ~ Vicki Baum As adults we have quite a bit of work to do, and play seems to function as a protective mechanism against the costs of this work; a buffer against stress, a support during life transitions, a means of forming bonds and alliances, a jump start for creativity and problem-solving. ~ Christine Caldwell 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 Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation. ~ Jonathan Haidt The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
~ William James
Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose.
~ Maureen Killoran
When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in five years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.
~ Catherine Pulsifer
Spending time in nature both reduces stress and enhances creativity. ~ Salli Rasberry When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
~ Hans Selye
Disappointment often focuses on the failure of our own agenda rather than on God's long-term purposes for us, which may use stress and struggle as tools for strengthening our spiritual muscles. ~ Luci Shaw Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose. ~ Eckert Tolle
Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.
~ Bill Phillips
The man who doesn't relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
~ Lily Tomlin
No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.
~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Give your stress wings and let it fly away.
~ Terri Guillemets
Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
~ Joshua L. Liebman
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
~ Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
~ Bertrand Russell
Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
~ Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne
Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.
~ Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You
Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.
~ Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie, I'd Kill for a Cookie
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
~ Jennifer Yane
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
God didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
~ Author Unknown
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
~ William James
The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
~ William Henry Davies
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
~ John De Paola
How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.
~ Spanish Proverb
To be "on edge," you are literally not centered - not being in your spiritual center.
~ Carrie Latet
Each day should have a clearly marked emergency exit sign.
~ Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.
~ Terri Guillemets
When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan's Cathedral. In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms. This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment.
~ Steven Halpern
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
~ Jerome K. Jerome, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers.
~ H.M. Tomlinson
The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life.
~ Robert Maclver
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~ Chinese Proverb
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~ J. Lubbock
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
~ George Jean Nathan
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
~ Etty Hillesum
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