Humanities › Literature Inspirational Quotes for Stress Relief Inspiring Words to Change Your Perspective on Self Care Share Flipboard Email Print LeoPatrizi / Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Elizabeth Scott, MS Wellness Coach, Author, Health Educator San Diego State University Elizabeth Scott, MS, is a wellness coach specializing in stress management and quality of life, and the author of "8 Keys to Stress Management." our editorial process Twitter Twitter Elizabeth Scott, MS Updated January 09, 2020 Often, a shift in perspective can help relieve the stress of a variety of situations; that's where inspiring quotes can be not just fun to read, but great for stress management as well. The following group of inspirational quotes goes a step further — each quote is followed up with an explanation on how the concept relates to stress, and a link is supplied to supply you with additional information to take things a step further. The result is a collection of inspiring quotes you can share, and an increase in optimism and motivation as well. Calming and Reflective Quotes from Famous Folks "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."-Mother Teresa Being fully present today is not only a great way to maximize your success, but it's a very effective strategy for relieving stress as well. If you struggle with anxiety and rumination, try mindfulness. "We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same."-Anne Frank While different specific things may lead to happiness for each of us, we all tend to respond to the same basic elements, according to positive psychology research. Here's what makes most people happy — what specific things make you happy? “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”-Robert Schuller Perhaps surprisingly, perfectionists can be less productive because the intense focus on perfection can lead to procrastination (or missing deadlines entirely!) and other success-sabotaging side-effects. Do you have perfectionistic tendencies? If so, what might you do today to allow yourself to enjoy a successfully imperfect day? "We turn not older with years but newer every day."-Emily Dickinson This is a great quote to remember each birthday, or on days when you're feeling your best times just may be behind you. On birthdays (and on ho-hum days when you need a boost) try creating and adding to a "bucket list" of great things you still intend to do. What might be on your bucket list? "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 Sometimes adding some fun activities into your schedule can give you the energy and motivation to handle the work of your day with a smile. Other times, these activities can lighten your mood, or provide you with a sense of meaning that can get you out of bed in the morning. What "imaginary letters" might lessen your stress today? "Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."-Victoria Holt Accepting and learning from mistakes is challenging, but no less important for our emotional wellbeing, and positively vital for our stress levels. What mistakes can be embraced and mined for a good experience? “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”-unknown Stress relief, like happiness, doesn't come from having a perfect life. It comes from appreciating the great stuff and coping with the less-than-great stuff. What do you appreciate in life? What can you look beyond? "Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves."-Rollo May One of the best ways to change your life is to change the way you think about things. Changing your perspective can change everything. How would your day be better if your thoughts shifted? "He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger."-Japanese Wisdom It's not always easy to do, but if you're able to laugh instead of crying or screaming, stressors are easier to handle. Think of a time when you did this well, and remember your strength. "A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark."-Chinese Proverb We are all affected by the experiences we have in life, especially as children. Helping kids learn healthy stress management techniques (and reminding ourselves at the same time, or learning along with them) is one of the best gifts you can give. How might you make a difference in the life of a child today?