This blog lists various poems about stress by various contemporary poets.
The blog also briefly explores what stress is, what it is caused by, how it affects individuals, and what one can do to cope.
Poems about stress
Here are some poems about stress by various authors.
by Catherine Pulsifer, ©2021
This particular poem by Pulsifer is a piece of literature that encourages individuals to keep moving forward as well as invites people to view stress as something that motivates them to remain optimistic.
Count your blessings one by one
By doing this stress will be done
Let your focus go beyond
That which you can not respond.
Life always has its ups and downs
Causing smiles and some frowns
Do your best and you will see
You will become stress free.
Somethings are beyond our control
But don’t give up, set a new goal.
Do not stress yourself out
Do not focus on your doubts.
We all need a bit of stress
Life gives us these little tests.
Stay positive and you can overcome
Which will reduce your stress some.
So again I say
Focus on the blessings of the day
Find the good in everything
That your life journey will bring!
By Emerson Nosreme, 2018
This particular poem by Nosreme, is one that reflects the feelings of many school going individuals who are struggling to keep up with assignments, presentations, and their own private lives.
I’m told education is important
And I agree
But is school trying to make me stressed?
I’m hearing about a 50 page assignment
I’m already stressed
I am told I am presenting something next week
What do they want? My best?
I’m not at my best when I am stressed
Many students like me would know
Sorry miss, I know I forgot that homework.
I was stressed
I am too stressed
Yes I’ll do it in the weekend
When I’m supposed to be relaxing
Free from the chains of school
The chains are still there
And they’re stressing me even more
Ryan Kane, 2016
This poem by Kane is one that expresses the emotional stress that one experiences after a break up. This very personal poem gives the reader a look into the writer’s frustration, anger, and hopelessness.
You make me so stressed out,
I feel like the strings are about to snap.
And sometimes I wish they would
so I can walk away and never look back.
I just want to be free
like these words whenever I write them down.
I’ve stressed myself out
all just to make you proud.
Proud enough to call me yours.
Proud enough to accept your mine.
Proud enough for you to not come home
smelling like another man’s cologne half past nine.
I’m so stressed out
I’ve become dehydrated from these tears.
The scars you engraved in me
will stay visible for years.
I’m so stressed out because you’ve broken
what I’ve tried so hard to rebuild.
I never thought death would be better
than the pain I currently feel
Shannon jeffry, 2014
This particular poem by Jeffry is one that describes how stress impacts one’s physical health and the feeling of hopelessness and instability it brings.
It also describes how this particular writer and many other people deal with stress, often with self isolation in hopes that they calm down.
Stressed out to the max
Head uncontrollably whirring
My patience being taxed
My stomach is stirring
Blood rushing, veins bulge
Muscles tensed, tearing apart
In this instability I do not indulge
This madness, lost in dark thought
I need to be alone
Prevent any harm
Lay like a cold stone
To return to calm
By Marcelina Hardy
This poem describes how caging it is, how suffocating, and how constricting it is to live with stress, anxiety, and worry.
It won’t let me go.
It has me behind its bars.
I am afraid,
I am scared.
I try to forget,
I try to ignore,
but I am stuck.
One day I will be free,
Free from this worrier’s prison.
Poems about stress management
These poems about stress management are poems that encourage readers to cope with stress and not give up, to take control, and give power to one’s self.
The poems also describe what it means to rest and how important it is to be kind to one’s self when stressed as well as otherwise.
These poems have been compiled by LovetoKnow by poets Marcelina hardy and Kelly Roper
By Marcelina Hardy
Life has spiraled out of control,
You can’t grasp it for a second;
You don’t know what else to do
but give up.
Time to take control.
Get life organized,
One thing at a time,
One step at a time.
Going to My Happy Place
By Kelly Roper
When I feel the stress building, I go to my happy place.
I close my eyes, lean back, and imagine the sun on my face.
I listen the birds sweetly chirping in the trees.
To relax myself even more, I imagine a gentle breeze.
Once I feel the awful tension begin to slip away,
I open my eyes and stretch, ready to restart my day.
Life Crashes Down
By Marcelina Hardy
Everything is going wrong,
And you don’t know why.
Life is crashing down,
And there is no cover.
Life crashes down,
Slowly and then quickly.
Let it fall.
Wait till the storms calm,
Then pick up the pieces
and continue on…
Meditation for Stress
By Marcelina Hardy
Meditation is a sanctuary.
Close your eyes and take yourself somewhere free,
Free from chaos,
Free from worry.
Take a deep breath,
And open your eyes
To a whole new place.
By Marcelina Hardy
Things get crazy,
Out of control,
I can take it;
I can survive.
I will get up,
Brush myself off,
And tackle whatever comes my way…
Be Kind to Yourself
By Kelly Roper
Sometimes life is overwhelming,
And it seems like there’s no place to turn.
There’s no one looking out for you,
And you can feel your stomach churn.
This is the moment to remember,
You’ve got to be kind to yourself.
Take some time to regroup and put
Those cares and stressors on the shelf.
Take time out for a walk,
or listen to your favorite song,
As long as you do something positive,
You really can’t go wrong.
Letting go of the pressure for a while,
Can often make all the difference.
You can come back calm and refreshed,
And not feel like you’re on the defense.
Then you can take the stressors and cares
Off the shelf one by one,
And deal with them more patiently.
Before you know it, they’ll all be gone.
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
- Bereavement and loss/death in the family
- Family problems
- Environment changes
- Relationship problems
- Pregnancy issues or infertility
- Changes in personal roles- eg: Parenthood
- Traumatic event
- Stressful work environment
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:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Upset stomach
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
- 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.
- Organizing a daily to-do list and focusing on urgent or time sensitive tasks instead of doing everything- this involves learning how to prioritize things.
- Organising schedules to give themselves time to relax, and pursue their own interests.
- Sharing feelings and burdens with family, friend, 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 Stress quotes.
This list provided quotes that describe what stress is, quotes that encourage and advice on how one can cope with stress, as well as quotes about work-related stress.
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FAQ related to Poems about stress
Can stress ruin a relationship?
Stress can negatively impact relationships especially when the people involved do not know how to express their struggles, regulate their emotions, and communicate.
How does stress affect family?
When individuals of a family are stressed it can lead to arguments, fighting and other poor communication skills. It can also cause emotional distress in children when parents are often stressed.
What is the stress response system?
The stress response, or “fight or flight” response is the result of the reaction system of the body that has been designed to help you survive in the face of threats and stress and includes physical and thought responses to the stressor.
Which system is responsible for fight-or-flight response?
The autonomic nervous system is what is responsible for one’s reaction to stress particularly the flight or fight response. It is the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system of the nervous system that triggers the response to help people cope with the stress,
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