5 Funny Stress Quotes

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This blog lists various funny quotes about stress.

The blog also briefly explores what stress is, what it is caused by, how it affects individuals, and what one can do to cope. 

Funny Stress Quotes

Funny Stress quotes to make you smile

Here is a list of quotes by various people on the topic of stress, hard work, and living. 

These quotes are humorous takes on what stress is to them, what living a stressful life is, as well as their witty take on working hard. 

These quotes have been compiled by Verywellmind

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?” 

— Edgar Bergen

“I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” 

— Jerome K. Jerome

“I stress about stress before there’s even stress to stress about.” 

— Unknown

If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.”

 — Claude McDonald

 “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.” 

— Henny Youngman

‎”Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.”1

—Jane Wagner

“Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Simply put, quit worrying over the little stuff and wait for something really big.”


 “Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.” 

– John Ciardi

 “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” 

– Lily Tomlin

‎”I’ve tried yoga, but I find stress less boring.”


‎”I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.”

— Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

‎”When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”

— Sydney Harris

“If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.” 

— Unknown

Funny Stress Quotes about Work

Here are some quotes that describe exactly what most people who work in corporate are thinking! 

Witty quips about meetings, co-workers, and a deep gratitude for little mercies like payday and lunch breaks.

These quotes have been compiled from Fairygodboss

“There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” 

­— Henry Kissinger

“By working faithfully 8 hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day.” 

— Robert Frost

 “If each day is a gift, I’d like to know where I can return Mondays.” — John Wagner

“The best part about going to work is coming back home at the end of the day.”

 — Unknown

Mondays are the start of the work week which offers new beginnings 52 times a year.” 

— David Dweck

 “Some days, the best thing about the job is that the chair spins.”

— Unknown 

 “I always try to go the extra mile at work, but my boss always finds me and brings me back.”

— Unknown

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” 

— Oscar Wilde 

“If you had to identify in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be meetings.” 

— Dave Barry

“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.” 

— Jennifer Yane

“Stress does not go with my outfit.”

— Unknown

“Stressed is dessert spelled backwards.” 

— Loretta Laroche

 “Here’s to another day of outward smiles and inward screams.”

— Unknown

“What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.”

— Pearl Bailey

“The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. Surgery on dead people. What’s the worst thing that could happen? If everything went wrong, maybe you’d get a pulse.” 

— Dennis Miller

 “No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.”

— Groucho Max

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.”

— Drew Carey

“Don’t worry, better days are coming. They are called Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

– Unknown 

“As I have gotten older and wiser, I discovered there are six things that I really loved about my job. Pay day, lunch time, quitting time, vacation time, holidays and of course, retirement.”

— Tom Goins.

“My fondest childhood memory is not having to spend 40 hours a week with people who make me feel angry and tired so that I can afford to buy paper towels and laundry detergent.” 

— Unknown

Sleep is such a luxury, which I can’t afford.” 

― Robin Sikarwar

“Where’d the days go, when all we did was play? And the stress that we were under wasn’t stress at all just a run and a jump into a harmless fall” 

― Paolo Nutini

“Stress level: extreme. It’s like she was a jar with the lid screwed on too tight, and inside the jar were pickles, angry pickles, and they were fermenting, and about to explode.”

― Fiona Wood

What is stress?

Stress is our natural response to the demands around us. 

Stress is actually a good thing since it motivates us to access and act and it serves as a defence against dangers and predators. Thus, it has a positive impact on us at a healthy level. 

However, in today’s day and age we are less likely to be affected by a predator. Stress arises when we are unable to meet the demands of our day to day lives. 

That is, when we exhaust our mental, emotional, and physical resources to  execute the demands of our jobs, relationships, as well as meet our needs.

What Are the Causes of Stress?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has recognized three types of stressor:

  • routine stressors that are a result of day to day demands. 
  • sudden, disruptive changes, such as death or loss.
  • traumatic stress, which can occur due to extreme trauma caused by an assault, an environmental disaster, or war.

Common major life events that can trigger stress include:

  • Lack of work-life balance
  • Poverty
  • Bereavement and loss/death in the family
  • Family problems
  • illness
  • Environment changes
  • Relationship problems
  • Pregnancy issues or infertility
  • Changes in personal roles- eg: Parenthood
  • uncertainty 
  • Traumatic event
  • Stressful work environment
  • Phobias

What are the effects of stress?

If your stress is acute, meaning that you’ve been stressed out for a short period of time due to a small issue such as handing in a report or finishing a project before deadline, you may start to notice some of these physical signs of stress such as:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability

But when the stress becomes long-term and is not properly addressed, it can lead to physical, emotional, and mental problems such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Heart disease
  • Heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Fertility problems
  • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis

How to Manage Stress effectively?

Managing stress can be done individually as well as with assistance from a mental health professional. 

Treatments to manage stress include:

  • Self-help lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, activities, and relationships. 
  • Therapy and counselling which help people develop self awareness and also help them make lifestyle changes that can help them manage stress.
  • Though doctors will not usually prescribe medications for coping with stress, unless they are treating an underlying mental health condition that is causing the stress. 

Lifestyle changes that can help manage stress includes:

  • Exercise including engaging in breathing and relaxation medication and techniques to slow down heart rate and promote rest. 
  • Reducing the intake of alcohol, drugs, and caffeine
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables can help maintain the immune system at times of stress. 
  • Organising a daily to-do list and focusing on urgent or time sensitive tasks instead of doing everything- this involves learning how to prioritise things. 
  • Organising  schedules to give themselves time to  relax, and pursue their own interests.
  • Sharing feelings and burdens with family, friends, as well as professionals to help vent as well as gain solutions. 
  • Another thing that a person can do to manage stress is to acknowledge the sigs of anxiety and depression, or lack of motivation. It is important to be mindful of any changes.
  • Taking a step back and reviewing their working conditions and demands in their workplace with their supervisor and finding ways to reduce the load of their work.


This blog listed various funny quotes about stress.

The blog also briefly explored what stress is, what it is caused by, how it affects individuals, and what one can do to cope. 

FAQ related to funny stress quotes

How can I be stress free?

Here are a few things that you and your family can do to get stress free:

  • Get more physical activity whether it is going to the gym or going for a walk
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Minimise phone use and screen time especially before bedtime
  • Consider supplements. 
  • Practice self-care. 
  • Reduce your caffeine intake. 
  • Spend time with friends and family.

How do you relax?

Here are a few things you can do to relax:

  • Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation. …
  • Soak in a warm bath.
  • Listen to soothing music.
  • Practice mindful meditation.
  • Journalling
  • Use guided imagery.

What is happy stress?

Happy stress, or eustress, is a type of positive stress that one feels when they are looking forward to a positive experience or when the individual is excited. 

The body reacts in similar ways as other forms of stress but because there are no negative threats, the apprehension is more positive. 

What is positive stress?

Positive stress, or eustress, is a type of positive stress that one feels when they are looking forward to a positive experience or when the individual is excited. 

The body reacts in similar ways as other forms of stress but because there are no negative threats, the apprehension is more positive. 

How do I chill out and enjoy life?

Here are a few things you can do to enjoy life:

  • Engage in positive emotions by doing things and thinking things that are positive and that make you happy and feel other positive feelings like gratitude, joy, excitement etc.
  • Engage in activities that make you have fun be it a hobby or a new project. 
  • Maintain positive relationships
  • Strive to accomplish goals- even if they are small daily goals
  • Seek of meaning and purpose of your life.


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