Comforting Quotes For When You’re Feeling Stressed and Tired

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It’s so important to take some time off for self-care, especially when you’re feeling stressed and tired.

The key is to make self-care a regular part of our routine, rather than waiting until we’re burned out. A simple thing you can do every day or week is to take a moment to pause, breathe, and read your favorite inspirational quote.

Positive affirmations and quotes can be a soothing remedy when you’re feeling stressed and tired. A good quote reminds you that you can get through this challenging time and can help you feel motivated and refreshed. 

We’ve gathered our favorite inspirational quotes that you can read whenever you’re feeling stressed and tired.

How to use positive affirmations and quotes

Words have power. And when we’re feeling stressed or fatigued, our minds have a tendency to dwell on negative thoughts. We forget that we are capable and competent and strong. That’s why it’s so important to practice positive thinking and be mindful of our words. 

Write it down. To fully absorb the power of positive quotes, try writing them down. Writing forces us to slow down and really pay attention to the words and their meaning. You can choose a favorite quote and write it in your planner or notebook. Sometimes it can be quite soothing to write it down multiple times. The repetitive act can help keep stressful thoughts at bay, and focuses your mind on something positive. 

Say it out loud. Another way to benefit from a positive quote is to say it outloud. When we’re simply reading a quote, we may not get their full power because we’re merely skimming the surface. But when you recite a quote out loud, you’re actively engaging with the words and making them stick in your mind. It might feel a little silly when you try this at first, but keep going. It will feel more natural with practice.

Place them where you can see them. Positive thinking is like maintaining any other habit. It requires consistent, deliberate practice. Visual cues are a good way to remind yourself to practice your positive words. Many people like to write their positive quotes down on post-its and keep them around the house. You can also include them on your corkboard or vision board or keep them framed. Place these words in a prominent position on your workspace or nightstand so that you can always have encouraging words by your side. 

For those days when you’re feeling stressed and tired, take a moment to reflect on these quotes to help inspire, recharge, and comfort you.

Positive quotes to help relieve work stress

If you’re experiencing a heavy workload or an intense week at the office, here are some quotes to help you get through this tough time.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”― David Allen

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." — Lena Horne

Positive quotes for overwhelming days

We all know how hard it is to stay optimistic when we’re feeling stressed and tired. But instead of forcing yourself to be positive, which will only suppress your emotions and make your negative feelings intensify, allow yourself to acknowledge what you’re feeling. Let it all out. Then, try letting them go. 

This way, you can release what’s bottling up inside you and then take steps to move forward. 

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

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” — Kahlil Gibran

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela

“I tell myself, ‘You’ve been through so much, you’ve endured so much, time will allow me to heal, and soon this will be just another memory that made me the strong woman, athlete, and mother I am today.’” — Serena Williams

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho

Positive quotes for self-care

To help manage stress and fatigue, we need to take regular breaks and make time for ourselves. These quotes are good reminders that self-care is not selfish, but essential. 

​”​Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”– Anne Lamott

“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.” — Kristen Neff

“Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you’re guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits. Focus on one thing at a time.” – Deepak Chopra

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success." — Louisa May Alcott

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