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Stay Calm Quotes That Inspire

When things go wrong at work or at home, that’s the time you’re most likely to feel your stress levels rising. Having a collection of uplifting quotes that you can affirm to yourself can often save the day and stop your stress in its tracks.

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Best Stay Calm Quotes

  • “The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee
  • “When you understand something, then it naturally calms you down.” – Naval Ravikant
  • “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” – John Newton
  • “You can control so much of your state of mind just by breathing.” – Justin Kan
  • “Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” – Ziggy Marley
  • “Be like a duck, paddling and working very hard inside the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling and calm face.” – Manoj Arora
  • “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” – Jules Renard
  • “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill
  • “It is not wise to rush about. If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows. This is not the way of Tao.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Decide that wherever you are, is the best place there is. Once you start comparing, there’s no end to it.” – Sodo Yokoyama
  • “Having a calm and compassionate mind enables us to use our natural intelligence more effectively.” – 14th Dalai Lama
  • “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
  • “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” – A Zen proverb
  • “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you need to breathe, calm down, look around, and improvise. Creativity is the key of life.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Tips To Calm Your Mind

I’m often asked how to “stay calm and carry on” during turbulent times.

It’s hard to argue that we are indeed living in troubled times.

But if you look back through history has there really ever been an extended period in which mankind didn’t have its challenges?


High unemployment, the downturn in our financial markets, and political turmoil are obviously troubling.

If you’re like most people you’re worried. If you’re an anxiety sufferer all of this doom and gloom can really aggravate your condition. It is imperative that you remain calm and don’t allow yourself to get dragged into the sea of negativity and drama.

If you’re a regular reader of mine you know that I mention this all of the time but you must avoid getting caught up in all of the bad news. The media in this country (and probably elsewhere) has a very bad habit of reporting only the worst news it can find. After all, bad news sells. An old adage in the new industry is sadly “If it bleeds… it leads”.

Trust me, there are really good things happening out there right now even though it takes a little more effort to find those stories. I truly believe that when things are at their worst, we are at our best.

So how can you keep your keep your stress and anxiety at manageable levels ? I have a few suggestions to help you stay calm and carry on during these challenging times:

  • Avoid the news as much as possible. Trust me, most of what is going on has little impact on your daily life unless you allow it to
  • Turn off the TV and pick up a good book on a positive or inspirational story
  • Exercise regularly. This is and always will be the number one stress-reliever in your life
  • Don’t get caught up in all of the negative conversations of the people around you. For example, if you end up stuck in such a ‘water cooler’ conversation at work simply and politely walk away
  • Spend your spare time helping others. This means family or perhaps a neighbor. Or volunteer somewhere
  • Start a new hobby or do a big chore you’ve been putting off for years
  • This is just a short list to get you moving in the right direction. Use your imagination and come up with your own list and then implement. Remember to focus on the big picture and remain positive
  • Life is a tremendous journey and there are lessons to be learned through both good times and bad. Learn how to cope with the tough times and it will make the good times that much more enjoyable

Stay calm and carry on.


Memorable quotes that have meaning to us help diffuse our stress and anxiety when recalled.

It sounds so simple, but it works.

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Collect your own calming quotes and put them in a journal or on your computer where you can find them easily.

Use these quotes whenever needed to keep things in perspective.

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