Stress can be crippling at times. Dealing with the challenges of modern life can be draining, and often, when we are stressed, we feel like we are alone in having problems. The fact is, though, that everyone feels stress and anxiety at some point. Even those who seem as if they have it all.
The taboos about stress are starting to lift. More and more celebrities are being open about how they feel about life and the challenges that they have to cope with. Some celebrities are happy-go-lucky, some are pragmatic. It’s always interesting to hear what they have to say, though. Here are some of our favorite quotes from stressed-out stars.
Stress and Religion
Kelly Clarkson finds that it helps to think about things in terms of God’s plan, saying “God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress”. If you believe that God has a plan for you, then those are wise words!
Stress and Money
Keanu Reeves has it all and knows how lucky he is. He believes in sharing his wealth, and that health is the most important thing. He once said, “Money doesn’t mean anything to me.” He has certainly gotten rich, yes, but he doesn’t want to stress about just growing his bank balance. He also explained his philosophy of charitable giving, saying that he “give[s] lots away and live[s] simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels”, adding “We all know that good health is much more important”. It’s easy to say that at least you still have your health when things are falling apart, but it takes a certain mental maturity to truly internalize that and to let go mentally when you aren’t feeling great.
Getting Rid of Stress
It should come as no surprise how Jason Statham copes with stress. Yes, he likes to meditate, but he told interviewers “I get rid of my stress at the gym.” Naturally! We hope his great body isn’t a by-product of excessive stress!
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A fellow action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger is another proponent of training as a way of getting rid of stress. He explains that the workouts he does are an “outlet for suppressed energies created by stress.” We can all appreciate his toned body, and he says that training “tones the spirit” as well.
Singer Britney Spears is a fan of yoga. She told reporters that she has healthy habits when stressed, and admits that she has a problem with junk food when she is at her happiest. We can certainly understand the idea of eating cake to celebrate! Britney also says that she likes to read a book every night because it takes her mind off things that she likes to worry about. Meanwhile, Dave Chappelle calls extreme sports good stress relief. It makes sense that if you’re putting your life in peril jumping out of a plane or skiing on extreme terrain, you won’t sweat the small stuff!
Bob Harper appreciates the value of a good workout as well, saying “It’s cathartic for me. It’s a good stress reliever” he explained that “I know that when I go to the gym I am taking care of myself, and I know I will feel so much better afterwards.”
Tiger Woods believes that positive thinking is important to help avoid stress. He says, “a lot of people look at the negative things, the things they did wrong, and which I do.” He adds, though, “I like to stress on the things that I did right because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that are just positive reinforcement.”
Golf must be good for the mind since Bruce Forsyth calls a round of golf “the ideal antidote to stress.”
Some people take more mundane approaches to stress. Sandra Lee, for example, copes with it by cleaning and organizing. This could be a control thing. Many people respond to stressors by focusing on the areas of their life that they feel they do have control over. Even eating disorders are, to an extent, a manifestation of the need for control. OCD is a form of a need for control as well. The difference between someone who likes to clean because it makes them feel better, and someone who is reaching maladaptive levels with their coping mechanisms is clear in how the coping mechanisms affect their life.
Don’t Underestimate Yourself
Dealing with stress is not easy, and sometimes it’s possible to get bogged down with all of the difficulties that you’ve been facing, and not consider the wonder of what you’ve achieved. Author John le Carre says that he wrote his book, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” at the age of 30 when he was under what he called intense and also unshared stress. He kept what he was going through secret. He was an intelligence officer in the guise of a junior diplomat, serving at the British Embassy in Bonn. He explained in an interview, “was a secret to my colleagues and much of the time to myself”.
That’s one of the difficult parts about being stressed. It can all too often make you feel like you are pretending to be someone you are not. One of the key parts of dealing with stress is learning how not to lose yourself.
The Value of Family
Adele says that motherhood changed her a lot, and that “you have to prioritize what you stress about when you have a child.”In contrast, David Grohl says that he didn’t start sweating until he had children. He calls that BO a new stress.
Exploring The Unknown
Fear and stress are things that go hand in hand. One thing you’ll hear from many athletes is that if you’re feeling stressed, trying to take on something that you’re not sure if you can do is often a good way to reduce the stress. If you succeed, you proved yourself to be great. If you fail, you tried something new and that is worthy of credit.
Do What You Love
There’s an old saying about how if you do what you love, you won’t ever have to work a day in your life. Some people find truth in this, but certainly not everyone. Simone Biles says that if she thought of gymnastics as a job, then it would put too much stress on her. Keeping your passion fun is a must if you don’t want to burn out.
Vanilla Ice wrote songs as a way of venting, and explains “a lot of the stuff that I am writing about, or was writing about, contained a lot of anger, anxiety, stress, and depression.” That’s why some of his music is so dark. He is using music to express himself.
Selena Gomez is another musician who has talked openly about her attitude to stress and day to day challenges. She says that she loves inspiring people and she loves making good music but tries not to stress about it. She said that she is just happy making music, whether she wins a Grammy or not. That’s something that more people should consider, and an outlook that we could all do well with adopting.
Stop and Think
Former President Clinton has said that “sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think” and that’s certainly true. There’s a paralysis about stress that can be crippling and make the stress worse. He adds, though, that “it’s the time when they most need to think.”
How do YOU Cope With Stress?
So, now we’ve seen how some celebrities cope with stress and heard about their attitudes to it, what’s your coping mechanism? Do you like to exercise? Is a relaxing massage and aromatherapy session more your thing? Do you love baking? Does good music or a good book help you to unwind? Perhaps you like to create things for yourself?
Stress is something that affects all of us, but it doesn’ have to be crippling. Indeed, mild amounts of stress at the right time can focus the mind and make us perform better. Learn when stress is healthy, and when it is not. If you’re really having a hard time, then don’t be scared to talk to someone. Stress, today, is something that more people are opening up about, and there is the help and support out there for those who need it.
Talk about the stresses in your life, and show a little patience for those around you who aren’t acting like themselves. You never know what it is that they are going through, and a kind word from you could make all the difference. It’s OK to not be OK, and together, we can perhaps make people feel like things can get better.