Reflections on Stress–Finding the Calm Place

holistic drug rehabReflections on stress can help us understand one of our most common daily challenges and struggles. In recovery, we find ourselves up against the stress of life without our ordinary coping strategies of obsession, compulsion and substance use. We are faced with the task of coping with stress not only in other ways, but in healthy ways. Below are some reflections on the nature of stress to help you in your journey.

  • “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”– Sydney J. Harris
  • “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  • “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”– William James
  • “From time to time, one must release the grime built up inside them to to free their emotions like the ocean.”― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
  • “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
  • “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”– Ovid
  • “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’– Eckhart Tolle
  • “It isn’t stress that makes us fall – it’s how we respond to stressful events.”― Wayde Goodall
  • “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
  • “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “– Lily Tomlin
  • “There’s nothing worse than bottling something up inside and letting it eat at you. It’s like being shot, and leaving the bullet inside our bodies. The wound would never heal. Instead, we need to let it out.”― S.R. Crawford, From My Suffering: 25 Ways to Break the Chains of Anxiety, Depression & Stress
  • “Negative experiences don’t create fears, doubts, anger, grudges, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, jealousy, stress or depression; one’s repeated negative interpretations of them do.” ― Edmond Mbiaka
  • “Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”― Danzae Pace
  • “My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.”― Mahogany SilverRain, Ebony Encounters: A Trilogy of Erotic Tales
  • “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”– Dean Smith
  • “Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind.”― Rasheed Ogunlaru