Whenever You’re Feeling Stressed, Repeat This Phrase and Be Relieved

Stress is a feeling familiar to us all. It can come at any time, especially when we start to think about things which are important to us. The thought of losing what we love or not getting what we want builds up to extreme pressure.

I’ve dealt with stress all my life. I’m a pretty self-driven person. I want to accomplish great things, to achieve big goals and feel the joy that comes with that success. That ambition has brought me a great career and a lot of good times.

The trouble is that with ambition and the pursuit of success comes a self-imposed pressure, performance anxiety if you will. I’ve always felt the need to perform at my best. My own self-imposed pressure created extreme stress for me. I was constantly asking myself questions like am I doing well? What if none of this works out? Will I ever become successful?

There’s also the stress that comes in during tough times in life. The loss of a loved one, tight finances, or after a bad break up. Pain inevitably seeps in causing immense, all-consuming stress.

One of the best things I found for dealing with stress is detachment, which I first learned from reading the works of famous stoics. You see, the stoics often talk about the temporary nature of life. Many wars, famines, and personal bad times have come and gone throughout history. So have the glory days too. Nothing is really permanent in human life.

Although these ideas were good, philosophy can often be a bit abstract. I wanted something that was a straight piece of advice or saying that I could always turn too in difficult times. This would be far more useful as it can be directly applied to life.

There is one phrase I came across, an old Persian adage, that does the job perfectly. It was most famously employed by Abraham Lincoln in a speech before he became the 16th president of the United States:

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

“This too shall pass.”

A simple yet incredibly powerful parable that perfectly sums up the temporary nature of time. More importantly, it is a saying that we can apply in practice during any stressful moment of our lives.

Currently, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. Many schools, workplaces, and restaurants are off-limits as we attempt to do social distancing. Many of us are cut-off from friends and loved ones.

“This too shall pass.”

There have been pandemics in the past: the Black Death and the Spanish flu killed hundreds of millions of people. Yet they have passed and we are alive today. Eventually, life goes on and it will all be OK.

We can apply this mindset to even simpler, everyday examples.

If you’re tired and stressed out from work, know that those feelings won’t last forever. Eventually, you can find a new job and totally forget about the old one! Your career and life’s success won’t be determined by that one job. There’s no use stressing about it now as it will eventually become a faded memory. It loses its importance to you and the stress it causes over time as you continue to move forward and succeed.

“This too shall pass.”

If you’ve ever gone through a bad breakup, the first week, or month, or sometimes year is horrible. But eventually, you move on. You find a different partner or rediscover your happiness while being single.

“This too shall pass.”

Stress, pressure, sadness, and pain. These are all emotions, temporary feelings in this vast thing we call life. They won’t last forever, for time consumes all things.

That is a comforting thought. During all moments where we aren’t feeling our best or happy, we can take comfort in the fact that the moment is only temporary. We won’t have to endure the pain for long, so there’s no use in stressing out about it.

The best thing to always do is to keep your head up, smile, and say to yourself “This too shall pass.”

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