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Words of Encouragement When You’re Too Stressed to Feel Blessed

Words of Encouragement When You’re Too Stressed to Feel Blessed

Read these words of encouragement when you need help seeing the opportunity in the struggle or uncovering the hidden meaning in the mess. When life feels like a big ball of chaos, there’s something here for you.

The following words of encouragement are for you, from me, with love. Love: that’s what’ll help you no matter what you’re facing now.

Read these words of encouragement when you need help seeing the opportunity in the struggle or uncovering the hidden meaning in the mess. When life feels like a big ball of chaos, there’s something here for you.

Words of Encouragement When You're Stressed Out to the Max

1. Storms don’t last forever.

This too shall pass and just as life changes again and again, so will you. Let yourself fall into the ebb and flow of your journey without the need to grasp onto any one part of it. Fall into yourself and let expectation go.

2. You can change your life by changing what you whisper to yourself every day.

The words you think and speak to yourself on a daily basis–more so than what is said to other people–is what holds the greatest power for transformation, growth, and happiness.

3. You don’t need anyone’s permission to be happy or have a good day.

The only person guaranteed to be by your side for the rest of your life is you. The only standards you need to live up to are your own, and you’re allowed to alter those standards any time you please.

When you love your own decisions, you can honor the opinions of others without living by them.

4. You’re a work of art and a work in progress… all at once.

It’s 100% OK and healthy and even necessary to change because you’re evolving into the best version of yourself. Let yourself shed unwanted layers without judgment. Every step you’ve taken so far has been a necessary part of your path.

5. Your personal success and happiness aren’t based on other people’s opinions.

The expectations of others are not worth your own health and happiness, so allow yourself to be comfortable in your own way. Try spending more time with people who keep you calm, smiling, and at ease with being totally yourself.

6. You have the power to choose one thought over another.

This is your greatest defense against stress in this world, and it’s a powerful one.

The choices you make right now (not yesterday) shape your tomorrow. Release identification with negative thoughts and challenge yourself to think of potential solutions to the problem. Look for reasons to smile instead of reasons to be offended. Look for reasons to be thankful instead of reasons to be stressed.

Don't curse the storm, for a flower needs both sunshine and rain to help it grow.

7. The rest is still unwritten.

There is hardly anything that’s guaranteed to any of us in the future. The present moment is everything and deserves our full attention and energy. Focus less on how everything went wrong, and get determined about what’s going right, right now.

The quality of your life, in the long run, is directly affected by how you choose to live your life right now.

8. You don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need to grow.

Be intentional about what you do and why you’re doing it. Give life your best shot and show up completely, and then be okay with things turning out differently than you had planned.

You're strong enough to do that.

Sometimes, we don’t get what we want, how we wanted it, when and where we wanted it, but somehow it ends up being exactly what we needed (and sometimes we don’t know how we needed it until much later).

9. The grass is greener where it’s watered.

Stop comparing and complaining, and start watering the grass that’s underneath your own feet. You live underneath the same sky as everyone else. If you see beauty in other people’s lives and not your own, bless them and start bringing beauty into your own space.

What you bless in others you water within yourself.

10. Not a single human is totally immune to problems, challenges, or stress.

Build your immunity to stress by thinking joyful thoughts, seeking help and accepting it, finding new ways to serve others, hugging the people you love, trusting your intuition, strengthening your trust in the process of life, and focusing on the good in your life.

11. Sometimes you need to be strong, and other times you just don’t.

It’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay not to feel strong. Let go of the idea that strong is what you always need to be, and just let yourself be whatever you feel like you need to be.

Sometimes you just need to relax, take a deep breath, have a sense of humor, talk to a good friend, drink some tea, write in your journal… whatever feels right. There’s no one right answer to feeling better; sometimes there are many.

Sometimes, strength means being soft in a hard world.

12. You can choose to be happy regardless of your circumstances.

Yes, it’s nice to have good things happen to us and, as a result, it’s easier to be in a good mood. The real life-changing decision is to be at peace on the inside no matter what happens on the outside; this is how true, deep, lasting happiness is solidified.

It’s not easy or straightforward, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored.

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these words of encouragement did you need today?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!

With love,


P.S. For encouragement every single day, get my book Morning Affirmations: 200 Phrases for an Intentional and Openhearted Start to Your Day. For relief at night, get Sleep Affirmations. You deserve to wake up with hope and fall asleep with peace.

Comments on this post (24)

  • Feb 02, 2023

    I really liked it…it was so important to me and helped me get courage even though iam alone. Thank you so much

    — Mary Nabaggala

  • Oct 10, 2022

    The words are strong and have really been encouraged.
    Have also learned a lot, thanks

    — Dancan Otieno

  • Jan 02, 2022

    Cornelius, always feel like you can email me anytime – I mean to update the resources I share on my website here, but there are many sources of inspiration and support I’ve found here: May the warmth of my heart be yours.

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jan 02, 2022

    Life is just painful I really need help

    — Cornelius Jn baptiste

  • Apr 04, 2021

    Really inspiring words….have come across most of them…’s only that we can put it to practice in our lives

    — Suja Jose

  • Oct 10, 2020

    Thanks so much… Am relieved now

    — David

  • Sep 14, 2020

    Alet, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your husband. My heart is with you. May you find the peace and strength that come in moments. If you’d like to purchase any of my books, you can find them online or in your local Barnes & Noble or possible another local bookstore. I list where you can find each here: <3 sending you my love

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Sep 14, 2020

    My Husband passed away 2 months ago and Im fine during the day (I Just keep.on working until I.really can’t moove any more)…but evenings and early mornings are just a “nightmare”… I dont even fall asleep.
    Nr: 6 7 8 12 made an inpact on me. I need to find out how / buy one of your books.
    Thanking you for your insivht and wise words. alet

    — Alet Marais

  • Jul 31, 2020

    all of them!!!!

    — laura groening

  • Jul 14, 2020

    Crystal, I’m so glad these could help not only your friend but you as well! Thank you for sharing that with me. You are a light. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jul 14, 2020

    I read them all! I was trying to find some encouraging words for a friend, and found some for myself as well! #7, #8 & #11 really hit home for me, but I found wisdom in them all! Thank you so much! “Its okay not to be okay” …I really needed to hear that one, And my friend did as well! 😊

    — Crystal

  • Jun 19, 2020

    Thanks alot,,,you have helped me

    — Cynthia

  • Feb 24, 2020

    Santianna, thank you for sharing! And for reading, I’m glad this spoke to you when you needed it. We’re always planting, always watering, always weeding… <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Feb 24, 2020

    The grass is greener where it’s watered.
    Stop comparing and complaining and start watering the grass that’s underneath your own feet.
    This really stuck out to me and gonna hell me in life. I’m going through so much trying to stay strong for myself and three kids. Thanks so much 😘

    — Santianna Oglesby

  • Jan 09, 2020

    Wryton, you’re very welcome :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jan 09, 2020

    very motivational, Thank for the work

    — Wryton

  • Nov 11, 2019

    Helen, you’re so welcome, and it means everything to me that this helped you realize your own strength. It can be so hard to take responsibility for how we feel and respond, but when you do it, you know it’s one of the keys to living the life YOU want to live <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Nov 11, 2019

    Thank you for you words of encouragement and helping me to stay focused and to to remind me that I have the ability to choose how I feel and respond in a difficult and stressful time.

    — Helen

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Mbita, I hope something here can help you help your friend. I’d suggest doing a quick search on “stress” on here – I’ve written hundreds of blog posts over the years that can help, with affirmations and meditations, etc. I also have guided meditations in my shop that you could share with her! So healing xx wishing your friend some peace ~ Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 20, 2019

    I am kindly asking for help I want to encourage a friend she feels discouraged about school and she’s stressed

    — Mbita

  • May 31, 2019

    Paige (favorite name, by the way) ~ I’m so happy you could use this to help! Makes my day. Thanks for telling me ~ Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • May 31, 2019

    Thank you for these, I needed to offer encouragement to myself and another!

    — Paige Charron

  • Apr 08, 2019

    So glad you do, Tym. I hope it helps! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 08, 2019

    I like this advice

    — Tym E Frear

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