89 Poems about Stress to Help You Calm Down

Stress is a part of everyday life for most of us, and it can be overwhelming—causing sleepless nights, fatigue, anxiety, and even physical illnesses.

But did you know that poetry can actually help to calm your mind?

Reading powerful poems about stress can remind us to take time for ourselves and provide comfort in difficult times.

To strengthen your emotional resilience today, we’ve curated some inspirational stress poems – so if you’re looking for some solace and clarity during an uncertain moment in your life; look no further!

Read on and let the wisdom wash over you like the tides of solace, assurance, and peace — as expertly recommended by world renowned author and poet Rita Dove: “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”

Best Poems about Stress

Stress is something that we all deal with at some point in our lives. Whether it’s work, school, or personal issues, stress can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. If you’re looking for a little bit of solace and a way to ease your anxious mind, these best poems about stress are definitely worth checking out.

1. Stress Affects Life

       by Jody Mark

Stress is eating at me every minute and second of the day.
How do I cope with the horrible effects and make it go away?

I feel so tired and run down and I don’t sleep.
I lie in bed at night and wonder why it runs so deep.

Everyone asks why do you look so sad.
Do I tell them that my stress is eating me up and that I feel really bad?

Does everyone notice how I walk around in a daze,
and that I have deep black bags under my eyes nowadays?

I wake up every morning feeling so hopeless,
like nothing ever goes right and wondering why my life has to be such a mess.

Stress is my one worst enemy.
It’s taken over my mind and my whole life in every single degree.

2. Stress

       by Ashley Olson

My heart bleeds
Yet I can’t shed a tear
No matter what I’m going through
I feel the tears that are falling from my heart
My heart aches from the pain
The pain that I go through everyday
The pain an eighteen-year-old shouldnt have to feel
So much to say, but how do I say it
The stress has me pullin my hair out
I try and explain my pain
Yet no one is around to listen
So I scream and yell at myself
WHY??
Is my question to everything?
Never do I have an answer
Why can’t people just sit down and pay attention?
Now that I dont have anyone
I put my mask on
The mask that blocks off all emotion
So I can’t feel the pain anymore
The pain that happens everyday
Now that the day ends
I sit in my chair and realize
I’m holding fist full of hair.

3. The Weight of the World

       by Maya Anthony

In every crevice of my mind,
A weight that’s hard to leave behind.
Mountains rise and rivers bend,
I wonder, will it ever end?

With furrowed brows and tightened chest,
The world’s demands put me to test.
Clocks that tick and bells that chime,
Push me out of sync, out of time.

But breathe I must, to find my way,
For even mountains chip away.
With every breath, the weight gets light,
And slowly, I regain my sight.

4. A Stressed Person’s Prayer

       by Kelly Roper

Lord, please help me through my day…

When I begin feeling overwhelmed, help me regain control.
When I lose focus and can’t decide what to do, help me concentrate.
When I feel the pressure building, help me release it without blowing up.
When I begin feeling inadequate, remind me of the gifts and skills you gave me.

5. In a Wood

       by Thomas Hardy

Pale beech and pine-tree blue,
Set in one clay,
Bough to bough cannot you
Bide out your day?
When the rains skim and skip,
Why mar sweet comradeship,
Blighting with poison-drip
Neighborly spray?

Heart-halt and spirit-lame,
City-opprest,
Unto this wood I came
As to a nest;
Dreaming that sylvan peace
Offered the harrowed ease
Nature a soft release
From men’s unrest.

But, having entered in,
Great growths and small
Show them to men akin
Combatants all!
Sycamore shoulders oak,
Bines the slim sapling yoke,
Ivy-spun halters choke
Elms stout and tall.

Touches from ash, O wych,
Sting you like scorn!  
You, too, brave hollies, twitch
Sidelong from thorn.
Even the rank poplars bear
Illy a rival’s air,
Cankering in black despair
If overborne.

Since, then, no grace I find
Taught me of trees,
Turn I back to my kind,
Worthy as these.     
There at least smiles abound,
There discourse trills around,
There, now and then, are found
Life-loyalties.

6. 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.

7. The Weight of Worry

       by Maya Anthony

A sack full of worries, on my back it lies,
Each pebble a stress, under the same skies.
With each step I take, it grows heavier still,
As if climbing uphill, against my own will.

Oh, how to lighten, this cumbersome load,
This bumpy and winding, tumultuous road?
By opening the sack, one pebble at a time,
Examine, then drop it, like an outworn rhyme.

Suddenly lighter, suddenly free,
The road becomes flat, as flat as can be.
The sack may not empty, but lighter it feels,
As I learn to let go, the stress it anneals.

8. Heaven

       by Unseeking Seeker

Subtle, tingling, blissful caress
Wholeness of being, free from stress
Essence of presence celebrates
Each node within, Cupid’s address

Magnetic heat, pheromones grates
To music of spheres, soul gyrates
Bliss elixir suffuses form
Soma nectar drips through love’s straits

Mists divine are both cool and warm
Magical is, this benign storm
The false drops away, truth is known
Rapture unbound, is the new norm

Bliss and wisdom, that’s ours to own
Borne of love and light, is home grown
Within our heart, is God’s heaven
Yet each must enter there alone

9. I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died

       by Emily Dickinson

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –
Between the Heaves of Storm –
The Eyes around – had wrung them dry –
And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset – when the King
Be witnessed – in the Room –
I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
What portion of me be
Assignable – and then it was
There interposed a Fly –
With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

10. The Mental Weave

       by Maya Anthony

My mind’s a weave, tangled and tight,
Twisted in stress, far into the night.
But like a weaver, I’ve a choice to make,
To untangle the threads, for my own sake.

In the quiet moments, I find the ends,
Tug gently, not hard, around the bends.
I work on one knot, not on them all,
Slowly, one by one, they start to fall.

A simpler weave, now in my hands,
It’s clearer now, where my focus stands.
Stress ebbs away, simpler turns the loom,
As room by room, I clean my mental room.

Famous Poems about Stress

When you read these famous poems about stress, you can almost feel yourself letting go of your worries and sinking into a state of relaxation. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need some help finding your zen, take a few minutes out of your day to explore these amazing poems. You won’t regret it!

1. Stress Unfolds

       by Catherine Pulsifer

In a world cradled by demanding hands,
Stress unfolds in response to life’s demands.
Anxiety, a specter of unease,
Whispers worries carried on the breeze.

Yet within this tempest’s daunting grip,
Lie the seeds of hope that never slip.
Reduce your burdens, embrace what is true,
For in strength and positivity dwells a breakthrough.

2. Taking a Break

       by Marcelina Hardy

The world is spinning around you.
Things are happening,
People are living.

You don’t seem to notice;
You don’t see.

You’re buried in business,
tasks and chaos.

Push back the work,
And open your eyes.
See what’s around you
and breathe.

3. Worry Ignites Stress

       by Catherine Pulsifer

In the tapestry of life, many things can cause stress,
A tangled knot that leaves our minds in distress.
Worrying, oh how it ignites the flames inside,
Spiking stress levels on this wild rollercoaster ride.

But fear not, my friends, for excitement awaits!
An antidote to dismantle those tension-filled gates.
Embrace each challenge with a fervor so bold,
And watch as stress surrenders; your spirit unfolds.

4. The Cage of Haste

       by Maya Anthony

Locked in a cage, made of minutes and hours,
No time to pause, to smell the flowers.
Fast-forwarding life, in a relentless chase,
The cage of my making, is the cage of haste.

What’s the big rush, where must I go?
I’ve forgotten the reason, in this frantic show.
One moment to pause, a deep breath to take,
That’s all I need, for the bars to break.

Freedom at last, from this self-made cell,
In each mindful moment, now I dwell.
The cage disappears, when I cease the race,
I find my own pace, in this vast open space.

5. Strain of Procrastination

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Procrastination plagues our lives,
It strains the mortal soul.
Putting off those things we ought,
Never will make the goal.

The hours slip away each day,
Filled with haste and much dismay.
Left waiting on events past due,
Stress soon should start to brew.

Though patience was once a virtue,
Procrastination brings about malaise.
What used to be done with ease,
Now brings worry and a defeatist phase.

Contemplation and action is
What’s needed now no doubt.
For when confidence fills our souls,
Procrastination must stay out!

6. Thoughtful Paws

       by Nicholas Windle

Place your hand upon my coat,
Watch me shiver so,
Pure ecstasy with you I feel,
Through my eyes I touch your soul.

For ill be there at your waking,
My tail, wagging to and fro.
In the evening bring you comfort,
When the days, stress has took its toll.

Can there be a friend so loyal,
Who will be there when you call?
In this ever changing world,
Some things never change at all.

7. Even as a Dragon’s Eye That Feels the Stress

       by William Wordsworth

Even as a dragon’s eye that feels the stress
Of a bedimming sleep, or as a lamp
Suddenly glaring through sepulchral damp,
So burns yon Taper ‘mid a black recess
Of mountains, silent, dreary, motionless:
The lake below reflects it not; the sky,
Muffled in clouds, affords no company
To mitigate and cheer its loneliness.
Yet, round the body of that joyless Thing
Which sends so far its melancholy light,
Perhaps are seated in domestic ring
A gay society with faces bright,
Conversing, reading, laughing; or they sing,
While hearts and voices in the song unite.

8. Paraphrase on Anacreon: Ode to the Swallow

       by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thou indeed, little Swallow,
A sweet yearly comer.
Art building a hollow
New nest every summer.
And straight dost depart
Where no gazing can follow.
Past Memphis, down Nile!
Ay! but love all the while
Builds his nest in my heart,
Through the cold winter-weeks:
And as one Love takes flight.
Comes another, O Swallow,
In an egg warm and white,
And another is callow.
And the large gaping beaks
Chirp all day and all night:
And the Loves who are older
Help the young and the poor Loves,
And the young Loves grown bolder
Increase by the score Loves—
Why, what can be done?
If a noise comes from one.
Can I bear all this rout of a hundred and more Loves?

9. To Be, Or not to Be, That Is the Question

       by William Shakespeare

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere’d country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.

10. The Flask

       by Charles Baudelaire

THERE are some powerful odours that can pass
Out of the stoppard flagon; even glass
To them is porous. Oft when some old box
Brought from the East is opened and the locks
And hinges creak and cry; or in a press
In some deserted house, where the sharp stress
Of odours old and dusty fills the brain;
An ancient flask is brought to light again,
And forth the ghosts of long-dead odours creep.
There, softly trembling in the shadows, sleep
A thousand thoughts, funereal chrysalides,
Phantoms of old the folding darkness hides,
Who make faint flutterings as their wings unfold,
Rose-washed and azure-tinted, shot with gold.

A memory that brings languor flutters here:
The fainting eyelids droop, and giddy Fear
Thrusts with both hands the soul towards the pit
Where, like a Lazarus from his winding-sheet,
Arises from the gulf of sleep a ghost
Of an old passion, long since loved and lost.

So I, when vanished from man’s memory
Deep in some dark and sombre chest I lie,
An empty flagon they have cast aside,
Broken and soiled, the dust upon my pride,
Will be your shroud, beloved pestilence!
The witness of your might and virulence,
Sweet poison mixed by angels; bitter cup
Of life and death my heart has drunken up!

Inspirational Poems about Stress

Feeling stressed out is no joke, and sometimes it can be hard to know how to manage those overwhelming emotions. Whether you’re feeling anxious about work, school, or just life in general, these inspirational poems are sure to help calm you down and put things in perspective. So why not take a few minutes to check them out? Your mental health will thank you!

1. Count Your Blessings

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Count your blessings one by one
By doing this stress will be done
Let your focus go beyond
That which you cannot 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!

2. Light in the Mind’s Fog

       by Maya Anthony

In the fog of stress, feeling lost,
Every step, every choice comes at a cost.
But I know there’s light, however dim,
A beacon of hope, from within, it begins.

Cupped in my hands, I shelter the glow,
Nurturing the warmth, letting it grow.
I breathe in deep, and let it out slow,
Feeding the light with each breath, you know.

The fog will lift, and the stress will fade,
As long as I remember, not to evade.
Facing my troubles, holding my light,
I’ll walk through the fog, into the clear night.

3. Faith Leads the Way

       by Marcelina Hardy

Life isn’t always simple;
That’s what makes it fun.

I have faith that I can do anything
With my Lord.

He will show me the way.
He will pick me up when I fall.

When He and I work together,
We can do it all.

4. Time to Live a Stress-Free Life

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Sometimes in our lives,
We just need a little less stress.
Life gets so crazy at times,
We’d like to just play a little chess.

And then there are the times,
That there are things we wanna do,
But we feel like we don’t have time,
To start, let alone follow through.

So what is it we should do,
But try and make time for us.
We all need a little time,
To sit back without making a fuss.

So let’s all make a plan,
To live a life less stressed.
And do the things we wanna do,
This is what I’d suggest!

5. Little Exercise

       by Elizabeth Bishop

Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
like a dog looking for a place to sleep in,
listen to it growling.

Think how they must look now, the mangrove keys
lying out there unresponsive to the lightning
in dark, coarse-fibred families,

where occasionally a heron may undo his head,
shake up his feathers, make an uncertain comment
when the surrounding water shines.

Think of the boulevard and the little palm trees
all stuck in rows, suddenly revealed
as fistfuls of limp fish-skeletons.

It is raining there. The boulevard
and its broken sidewalks with weeds in every crack
are relieved to be wet, the sea to be freshened.

Now the storm goes away again in a series
of small, badly lit battle-scenes,
each in “Another part of the field.”

Think of someone sleeping in the bottom of a row-boat
tied to a mangrove root or the pile of a bridge;
think of him as uninjured, barely disturbed.

6. Pearls

       by Ahmed Sheik Koya

A pearl is not found in every oyster
Only ones that endure a grit that comes to fester
Slowly its lacquered and covered with shiny plaster
It takes grit and time and no way to do it faster
And the grit is the start of the pearl of luster

Consider every grit that comes into your life
Cover with love and forgive every strife
For you will encounter irritating grits rife
Solve them with mediation and not with a knife
Make Lovely pearls and brighten every life

7. Life

       by Anonymous

Forget the ache your own heart holds
By easing others’ pain;
Forget your hungering for wealth
By seeking others’ gain;

And make your life more brighter seem
By brightening up the years
For tears dry quicker in the eyes
That look for others’ tears

8. Worry’s Prisoner

       by Marcelina Hardy

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.

9. Bittersweet

       by Sandra M. Haight

So bittersweet is this creative art
of writing thoughts through words of poetry.
So many say how peaceful is my heart
that it can shape a verse that’s part of me.

They never see the bitter times of stress
my mind goes through for every perfect word:
the hunting down of them to bring success,
so thoughts within my heart can then be heard.

But when I reach the mountaintop, complete
a gem that tells my mind it met the goal,
the stress dissolves into that joy so sweet,
and peace envelopes me, my heart and soul.

10. I Will not Fail

       by Tia Himes

You want the truth
There are people out there
That just want to take away your youth
There is nothing we gain
But the fact
We carry around a lot of pain
I beg god please
As I grab the rope
Looking for relief
There is no hope
They say they know the road is long
But you’ll turn out to be so strong
I will not fail
I know there will be grief
As my face turns pale
I had nowhere to go
And no one to call
So I kicked the chair
And let my body fall

Short Poems about Stress

Stress is something that we can all relate to, no matter who we are or where we come from. And sometimes, we just need a little bit of help to calm ourselves down and find a sense of peace. That’s where these short poems about stress come in. They’re not your average, run-of-the-mill poems – they’re beautiful, inspirational, and truly captivating. Try them!

1. Don’t Be Stressed

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Don’t be stressed
Just do your best
Forget about age
It’s just another page
In the book of living
Don’t let the feeling
Of getting older
Be a stress factor.

2. 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.

3. Stress Has Won

       by Marcelina Hardy

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Life is out of control.
Can’t catch my breath.
Want to do so much,
But can’t seem to do anything

Some days I feel defeated,
No energy left to care.
Stress has beat me;
I am the loser.

4. Dreams

       by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow

5. Mantra for the Stressed

       by Kelly Roper

I will conquer my stress,
I will not let it conquer me.
I will win the day,
Stress will not win over me.

6. Stress Therapy

       by Bill Knott

Time, time, time, time, the clock
vaccinates us.
and then even that lacks
prophylaxis.

Ticktock-pockmarked, stricken
by such strokes, we
get sick of prescriptions
which work solely

on the body.
Systole diastole–
It is by its very

intermittency
that the heart knows
itself to be an I.

7. Nothing Gold Can Stay

       by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

8. Struggle

       by Sidney Lanier

My soul is like the oar that momently
Dies in a desperate stress beneath the wave,
Then glitters out again and sweeps the sea:
Each second I’m new-born from some new grave.

9. Stress

       by Dr.Ram Mehta

handle stress like a dog;
if you can’t eat it or play with it
then walk away.

10. Stressed and Depressed

       by Anonymous

I was sitting on the end of my bed,
Stressed depressed thoughts filling my head,
My feelings locked up in a suit case.
I look around with a frown and sigh with such pain,
the rain is pouring against the window with a PAIN PAIN PAIN.

Poems about Stress That Rhyme

Stress can be a real pain in the neck. But fear not! These stress poems that rhyme are simply the game-changer. Not only they are beautifully constructed, but they are also incredibly therapeutic. So take a minute, sit back, and check them out. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

1. To the God of Pain

       by Sarojini Naidu

UNWILLING priestess in thy cruel fane,
Long hast thou held me, pitiless god of Pain,
Bound to thy worship by reluctant vows,
My tired breast girt with suffering, and my brows
Anointed with perpetual weariness.
Long have I borne thy service, through the stress
Of rigorous years, sad days and slumberless nights,
Performing thine inexorable rites.


For thy dark altars, balm nor milk nor rice,
But mine own soul thou’st ta’en for sacrifice:

All the rich honey of my youth’s desire,
And all the sweet oils from my crushed life drawn,
And all my flower-like dreams and gem-like fire
Of hopes up-leaping like the light of dawn.


I have no more to give, all that was mine
Is laid, a wrested tribute, at thy shrine;
Let me depart, for my whole soul is wrung,
And all my cheerless orisons are sung;
Let me depart, with faint limbs let me creep
To some dim shade and sink me down to sleep.

2. Worry

       by Anne E Sangster

Worry eats your energy and robs your peace of mind
It brings about anxiety so you cannot unwind
It takes away your happiness, it steals away your joy
And left unchecked eventually your health it will destroy
So learn to stop the worry as it only serves you harm
And make the time to meditate to find your inner calm
For your mind is the driving force in how you will progress
And so that inner chatter is the thing you must address
Your thoughts can either set you free or keep you chained in fear
So take back all your power and make worry disappear

3. The Power of Now

       by Maya Anthony

In the now, I find my grace,
A shelter from the endless race.
The past is gone, the future far,
It’s in the now, we find who we are.

Stress dwells in tomorrows and yesterdays,
But now is where it loses its maze.
For in this moment, stress can’t be,
When I am truly, completely free.

Mindfulness is my weapon, my key,
Unlocking the now, setting me free.
In the power of now, stress takes a bow,
Present is my fortress, here and now.

4. On the Bay

       by Lucy Maud Montgomery

When the salt wave laps on the long, dim shore,
And frets the reef with its windy sallies,
And the dawn’s white light is threading once more
The purple firs in the landward valleys,
While yet the arms of the wide gray sea
Are cradling the sunrise that is to be,
The fisherman’s boat, through the mist afar,
Has sailed in the wake of the morning star.

The wind in his cordage and canvas sings
Its old glad song of strength and endeavor,
And up from the heart of the ocean rings
A call of courage and cheer forever;
Toil and danger and stress may wait
Beyond the arch of the morning’s gate,
But he knows that behind him, upon the shore,
A true heart prays for him evermore.

When a young moon floats in the hollow sky,
Like a fairy shallop, all pale and golden,
And over the rocks that are grim and high,
The lamp of the light-house aloft is holden;
When the bay is like to a lucent cup
With glamor and glory and glow filled up,
In the track of the sunset, across the foam,
The fisherman’s boat comes sailing home.

The wind is singing a low, sweet song
Of a rest well won and a toil well over,
And there on the shore shines clear and strong
The star of the homelight to guide the rover:
And deep unto deep may call and wail
But the fisherman laughs as he furls his sail,
For the bar is passed and the reef is dim
And a true heart is waiting to welcome him!

5. In the Black Forest

       by Amy Levy

I lay beneath the pine trees,
And looked aloft, where, through
The dusky, clustered tree-tops,
Gleamed rent, gay rifts of blue.

I shut my eyes, and a fancy
Fluttered my sense around:
“I lie here dead and buried,
And this is churchyard ground.

“I am at rest for ever;
Ended the stress and strife.”
Straight I fell to and sorrowed
For the pitiful past life.

Right wronged, and knowledge wasted;
Wise labour spurned for ease;
The sloth and the sin and the failure;
Did I grow sad for these?

They had made me sad so often;
Not now they made me sad;
My heart was full of sorrow
For joy it never had.

6. The Labyrinth Within

       by Maya Anthony

Inside my mind, a labyrinth sprawls,
A maze of stress with endless walls.
Each twist and turn, a challenge new,
I sometimes wonder, will I break through?

Yet every maze has an exit, too,
A final path that will see me through.
Though stress may make the walls seem high,
There’s open sky, just past the nigh.

Keep walking on, though turns abound,
For every maze has solid ground.
A labyrinth’s but a test of will,
Find your way, and the stress will still.

7. Stressed

       by Shannon Jeffery

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

8. The Midnight Oil

       by Maya Anthony

Burning the midnight oil, so they say,
A common price that we often pay.
Eyes are tired, but the work’s not done,
A race against the rising sun.

With each key strike, stress takes its toll,
Weighing heavy on the restless soul.
Yet every word is a step to peace,
A little closer to sweet release.

Finally done, the stress subsides,
Like ebbing waves of low and high tides.
Relief is the dawn breaking the night,
A morning glow, making all things right.

9. Shadow to Shadow

       by Lycia Harding

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
In youth the Eden where you played
was left bereft, destroyed, decayed,
by trusts malignant masquerade

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
No grass survives your fallow glade,
when opportunist needs invade
and bleed the lives from every blade

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
First, victims surging song is brayed
but dirges of the wronged soon fade
and urges pant their serenade

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
Agendas you arrange cascade
to keep your motives undisplayed
and cover cracks in your charade

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
You planted with your soiled spade
these spoiled seeds in hopes that they’d
advance the rancid plots you’d laid

Shadow to shadow, shade to shade
In kind, your ruined past replayed
will find each bloom on whom you’ve preyed
entombed in blighted beds you’ve made

Poems about Stress Management

These poems about stress management are like a soothing balm for the mind, offering comforting words and inspiring messages to ease your racing thoughts. So take a few minutes, sit back, and check them out – you might be surprised at how much they can help!

1. Taking Control

       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.

2. The Quiet Within

       by Maya Anthony

Noise all around, a bustling life’s din,
Cars on the road, the shape I’m in.
In all this chaos, where does one begin?
Find your calm center, the quiet within.

Close your eyes, take a break from the show,
Let the heart rate slow, let the mind’s chatter go.
Dive deep inside, where the still waters spin,
Find your sanctuary, the quiet within.

Amidst the noise, in the hush, you’ll find,
A tranquil space, to relax your mind.
The world spins on, in its endless spin,
But you’ve found your peace, the quiet within.

3. Morning Light

       by Kim Rodrigues

O the warmth and the depth of the sun, o’er us,
for the yellows and reds, as they throw their shine
on the maples and oaks and the pines, caress
of the pale and ebon – all the blossoms stress.

And the flit of the robins, and rest on boughs,
as they lift up our spirits in singsong light.
We’ve a glimpse of once-paradise-sourced delight.
The long rays of God’s arms – they lean down to rouse.

Each new day, flows our way, and it fits like glove,
and we stretch out our arms like a child, and smile,
as we’re wrapped in the Dayspring’s colors and style.
All our senses awake, as God pours out love.

4. The Tug of Time

       by Maya Anthony

In the rush of the day, we’re swept away,
Worries of tomorrow, regrets from yesterday.
A mind in the past and future does roam,
But peace is waiting in the now, our home.

Let go of the clock, it ticks but it’s blind,
To the moments we miss, when we don’t unwind.
Take a breath, let it out, make room for the new,
For the present is a gift, offered to you.

We can’t change what’s gone, or what is to be,
But this second holds a chance, to set our minds free.
In the now, let’s reside, where stress is confined,
And find in this moment, a calm state of mind.

5. 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.

6. The Healing Rain

       by Maya Anthony

Tears like raindrops, pouring from the sky,
Sometimes we need the wetness, we can’t always be dry.
Let it fall, let it wash, all the stress away,
Healing rain, keep falling, is what I say.

The skies can’t always be clear and blue
Clouds have their place, in me and you.
They come and they go, just like the rain,
Water for the soul, to heal the pain.

Don’t fear the rain, or clouds that pass by,
They’re nature’s own way of a heartfelt sigh.
Embrace the storm, and in time, you’ll see,
After the rain, comes a rainbow, setting you free.

7. Feeling Empowered

       by Marcelina Hardy

Things get crazy,
Out of control,
Overwhelmed,
And stressful.

I can take it;
I can survive.
I will get up,
Brush myself off,
And tackle whatever comes my way…

8. The River of Worry

       by Maya Anthony

Worries like a river, always flowing fast,
Sweeping through my thoughts, memories of the past.
Rushing to the future, a torrent of dread,
Caught in the currents, where angels fear to tread.

Step out of the river, onto the banks and see,
It’s only water, not the whole of me.
From the edge, observe it, let it flow away,
Watch as it goes, but decide not to stay.

Life has its rivers, its struggles and strife,
But we are the authors, penning each line of life.
Choose to stand firm, on solid ground reside,
The river still flows, but you’re not swept by the tide.

9. 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…

10. The Compass of Hope

       by Maya Anthony

Lost at sea, in a tempest of stress,
Torn sails, a soul in duress.
But don’t lose heart, don’t let fears elope,
Navigate the dark, with your compass of hope.

When the winds howl loud, and the waves do crest,
When the night is dark, and you’re feeling less.
Turn to hope, let it show you the scope,
Of a brighter tomorrow, down life’s slippery slope.

The storm will pass, they always do,
And the sun will rise, on vistas anew.
Hope is your compass, it helps you cope,
Leading you out of the storm, to a future to scope.

Poems about Stress Relief

Stress can really take a toll on our minds and bodies, are we right? Sometimes it feels like all we need is a moment to step back and just breathe. That’s where these poems about stress relief come in. They are like a soothing balm for the soul, offering up calmness and tranquility in each carefully crafted verse. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!

1. Raindrops and Worries

       by Maya Anthony

Each one adding, making new.
A storm of stress that clouds the sky,
I wonder when it will pass by.

Yet even storms do find their end,
The clouds disperse, the skies will mend.
No rain can last forevermore,
Eventually, there will be a shore.

So let the rain of stress come down,
It won’t forever make you drown.
Soon enough, the skies will clear,
And with it goes your stress and fear.

2. A Breath Away

       by Maya Anthony

Inhale, exhale, make your claim,
A quiet moment, just the same.
With every breath, you drift away,
From all the stress that fills your day.

Close your eyes, and you will find,
A hidden treasure in your mind.
A peaceful nook, a quiet bay,
Where all your worries fade away.

A breath away, you’ll find your peace,
A tiny break, a quick release.
And though the stress won’t fully sway,
It lightens up, a breath away.

3. Stress Relief

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Stress can seem to compound
Making it hard to rebound
If we don’t find relief
It can fill us with such grief.

You need to find a way
To control stress before you go gray.
It may be a simple thing
Like taking a walk, or running.


Life challenges need to be
Put in perspective, so you can see
Not all things have to be done
You need some time to have some fun.

Sometimes we just need to talk
Or go with a friend for a walk
Talking to others can get it off your chest
Allowing you to move forward at your best.

A question to ask yourself sometime
“Will this matter in 5 years time?”
If it does, then take action now
And if not let it go somehow.

The worse thing you can do
Is to let stress overwhelm you
Find relief, so you can proceed
It will help you to succeed!

4. Relieving One’s Self of Stress

       by Vera Duggan

There are so many things we like to share
And bring love in to take away care
The best way to relieve stress
Is to remember the good times and happiness

We hear the words of grief and trouble
And we know that we can halve it and not double
We have been given the gift to see the funny side
With laughter and smiles so far and wide

Sharing our stories and kind words from the start
And the pleasure we bring will melt every heart
And help to heal loneliness, fear and pain
Then as we leave and please come again

5. The Anchor in the Storm

       by Maya Anthony

In stormy seas, my boat’s afloat,
A swirl of thoughts, that rarely gloat.
The winds do howl, the waters churn,
In stress’s grip, I toss and turn.

But deep below, an anchor’s cast,
A grip on calm that’s meant to last.
The rope may stretch, but never break,
A sturdy bond stress cannot shake.

When life’s a storm, as it can be,
This anchor holds my soul to thee.
In quiet depths, I find my norm,
My anchor safe, within the storm.

6. If

       by Anonymous

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself and others.
If you want to control others, you must learn to control yourself.
If you want friends, be friendly.
If you want justice, be fair with others.
If you want consideration, be considerate.
If you want courtesy, be courteous.
If you want to be strong, be quiet and unafraid.
If you want to keep your character and reputation above suspicion, keep good company or none.
If you want to be popular, never say an unkind word about anyone.
If you want to know God’s word, study His book.

7. The Silver Lining

       by Maya Anthony

Stress is a coin with faces two,
One that harms, and one that grew.
In tightened chests, its drawbacks lay,
Yet sometimes stress can light the way.

It pushes us to strive for more,
To crack the books, to not ignore.
Though it may weigh like heavy stones,
It also strengthens weakened bones.

In each ordeal, a lesson hides,
A silver lining on stress-tides.
So when it grips you, don’t resign,
Within its clasp, you may yet shine.

8. The Worn-Out Page

       by Maya Anthony

A book with pages crisp and new,
Becomes a tale that’s read by few.
But stress is like a page that’s worn,
A leaf that’s tattered, ripped, and torn.

The ink may fade, the edges fray,
Yet in the book, it has to stay.
For every story has its lows,
In every life, the stress just grows.

But remember well, this page will turn,
For brighter chapters, we all yearn.
A worn-out page is but a part,
Of the grand story in your heart.

9. Failing and Flying

       by Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

10. A Cup of Tea

       by Maya Anthony

A cup in hand, the steam ascends,
A fragrant blend where calmness wends.
The world outside may hurry so,
But in this cup, time takes it slow.

Sip by sip, the stress unbinds,
A liquid hug for troubled minds.
With herbs and spices, love’s been spun,
A simple cure for stress undone.

So when the day feels long and bleak,
And your resolve begins to leak,
Find comfort in a cup of tea,
And let your tethered spirit free.

Poems about Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever just felt your stress and anxiety building up inside of you and you don’t know how to handle it? Well, we have something that might just do the trick for you. These amazing poems out there that specifically speak to the struggles of stress and anxiety and can help you calm down and find some peace. Seriously, they are incredible! Try them.

1. Signed, Your Mind

       by Emma

Get dressed, love.
You’re going to be late.
You look at yourself in the mirror,
The one you really hate.

Put it down, love.
It’s caused you so much pain.
You’re going to do damage.
You don’t want to be called insane.

Stand up, love.
Your tears make you weak.
Wipe off that black mascara,
Proof of sadness upon your cheek.

Take your pills, love.
You must try your very best.
Forget about your dizzy spells,
The tightening in your chest.

Chin up, love.
No one can know your thoughts.
You must act like you’re happy
While your heart just sits and rots.

Smile a little, love.
Let me see those pearly whites.
No one has to know
What you thought about all those nights.

Breathe for me, love.
Your pain won’t be forever.
Take my hand, and I’ll take yours.
We’ll get through this together.

2. Stress, Fear, Anxiety

       by Emmanuel George Cefai

Stress is as of Earth
Fear is as of Earth
Anxiety is as of Earth
Anguish is as of Earth
Guilt is as of Earth
There is a whole list.
And it continues.
You see so many
minuses as of Earth.

3. A Shout Into the Void

       by Vijay Pandit

Upon the arc rises familiar visage of tenebrous dawn
As birdsongs protest, yet another day gone wrong,
In anguish of emptiness thrashing~ stygian, forlorn,
Screaming relentlessly of despondent, indignant void
Blasting his emotions, clasped in poignant thoughts.

Nothingness was the theme of his darkened night
That brazenly shrouded luminance of starlit skies,
As the waxing moon turned pallid, refusing to shine
And benevolence of Venus dolefully uttered a sigh
When dreams, too, acceded to nightmares’ assault.

Life has been a long journey, trekking hills of misery
In hollow pursuit of hope, always despaired trying~
Every forward step of progress unresponsive, lacking
To rescue him from oblivion, from gravity of abyss,
Where silence echoes fear, warning there is no exit.

He knows intimately, she too feels dread of anxiety:
Of ocean-storms unseasonably rushing summer heat,
Parching her delicate notions of blossoming spring,
Of harsh winters encroaching on her autumns fiercely;
Yet, she stands steadfastly, defying the curse of grief.

Prodding goodwill of divinity she tolls bells of harmony
Giving voice and meaning to life’s reassuring feelings
Clamoring for a day to brighten halo of their morning,
Demanding relief; with her clenched fists at the ready…
Forever, if it takes that long, to alter path of destiny.

4. Mysterious Pain

       by Peggy Stewart

With her head hung low
and nowhere to go,

she can’t explain
this mysterious pain.

It comes on so fast.
How long will it last?

Her heart is just pounding; her head starts to spin.
Please go away; she does not want you in.

She’s uncontrollably crying.
It feels like she’s dying.

Her body is trembling; her hands start to shake.
She feels so helpless with this horrible ache.

Someone, please help her; make this go away.
She can’t stand to feel this way one more day.

Someone, please help her; she’s down on her knees.
She’s scared and helpless and hopes no one sees.

With her head hung low,
not knowing where to go,

she tries to explain
this mysterious pain.

5. Poisonous Self Doubt

       by Caycay Jennings

Only life in our mortal realm
entrenches self-doubt’s stand.

People and events cripple us
with critical mirrors showing us
visuals of our ineptness.

All who are predisposed to clutching their negative blows
know doubts occurrences of fearful disturbance
thoroughly unscrambles one’s confidence channel

Image deceit drips as falsely scented,
mixed with drops of fictive doubt,
to kidnap our splendid potential.

On and off, our truth wrestles doubt’s absolutes.
Since youth, most have fought that gloomy devil.

6. Silent Screams

       by Aaron

Can’t you hear my silent screams?
They are so loud they echo in my dreams.

Behind this face that carries a smile
Lies a dark road that goes on mile after mile.

My silent screams have been going on for years,
But it always falls on so many deaf ears.

How can they hear these silent screams in my mind?
They can’t hear my thoughts if I keep telling them I’m fine.

What can I tell them? These silent screams carry no words.
It’s just feelings of sadness and darkness that come in its herds.

How can I explain so people understand this?
It’s like walking around in a suffocating black mist.

It’s holding on to happiness like holding water in your hands.
It just trickles between your fingers and disappears into the sands.

I can’t explain how this feels; it’s so extreme,
So I hold my mouth shut to cover my silent screams.

7. Wellness and Worry

       by David Richmond

Wellness and worry are by no means friends.
To be well, your mind of worry you must cleanse.
Living with worry, there’s a price to pay
worry will kill you if you let it stay.

If you want to enjoy physical health,
beware of worry it creeps up by stealth
then causes your nervous system to stress,
and in time, you’ll be a physical mess.

Worry also affects your mental health.
Its effects can creep up on you by stealth.
Worrying can lead to anxiety
which makes you withdraw from society.

Worry can steal your emotional health
Like a cat it moves in silence and stealth.
It gnaws on your joy, making you feel sad.
Before you know it, everything seems bad.

Worry can ruin spiritual health.
The crafty old lion stalks you in stealth.
He tempts you to doubt and distrust your God.
Before you know it, your life he has clawed.

Worry is a thief; he is after your health.
Give him a chance and he’ll steal your wealth.
When worry shows up, don’t open the door.
Trust God instead, and feel your spirit soar.

8. Anxiety Anxiety

       by Anonymous

Anxiety
is a breath never released
suffocation of the lungs
and the whole of your mind
Anxiety
is a clock
that never stops ticking
with the constant click, from past to present
Time never ends
and oh darling
nor does anxiety.

9. Temporal Shades

       by Mark Massey

In temporal shades of pastel hue
abides a subject on debut.
Upon his brow the pencil bled,
sketching life through words unsaid,
etching strife through hints of blue.
I softly let the lines imbue
then gaze upon its stoic view.
His pose portrays the life he led
in temporal shades.
Each stroke unveils, in form anew,
the toll within a world askew,
one weary soul, one tangled thread,
sketching life through words unsaid
to simply do what artists do
in temporal shades.

10. Darkness

       by Evangeline King

No moon tonight
Darkness creeps in
Into my soul
Into my heart
Wondering, wondering
Can’t stop pondering
This morose condition
Tearing me apart

No moon tonight
Angst grows nigh
Tearing me down
Building a wall
Hammering, Hammering
Voices are murmuring
No one to catch me
and I’m gonna fall

No moon tonight
South grows quiet
There’s no breeze
No rustling leaves
Pounding, Pounding
Insecurities hounding
Who will bare witness
as sanity flees

No moon tonight
Darkness creeps in
Into my thoughts
Into my head
Taking, taking
pill to stop shaking
so that I may crawl
into a restless bed

Poems about Stress in School

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with stress from schoolwork? It’s an all too common feeling, but luckily, there are ways to help calm down and relieve some of that tension. These poems about stress in school are so beautifully written that you can’t help but feel your heart rate slow down as you read them. Don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourself! It might just make a difference in your day.

1. If Giving Up Was an Option

       by Oliver Muchuma

down into the valley of doubt, my demons haunt
hauling in all mannerisms with glaring despair
My nights just day without light
in the glee, hopes and dreams
In my human spirit is the mystery of life
with a racing mind; this cruel world
where hard work never pay
with frustrations; a daily dose

Then I sit up into the empty night
checking my clock it’s three AM
twisting and turning to ponder over my well known frustrations
my youthful dreams shadow all the contributory
sparking memories of a once promising future
flourishing businesses at 22
a happy family at 23
a car at 24
a happy serving christian in the sanctuary
a generational inspiration;
touching lives as I am touched.
all swept under

To misery-filled life where
The thought of hope is bare
struggles and despair
sparking this thought of dare
quiting this so called school of life

2. Wiping Away the Dust

       by Millard Lowe

When you give insightful thought,
You can only be as you ought;
God has created you as you are:
Another creation of absolute awe!

So, do not be depressed or distressed;
For, you’re one of the Creator’s best.
Just know that being tested with stress,
Makes you no more or less than the rest;

Thus, be all that beautiful being blessed
To be—being here for all others to see;
That the creator never made any of us less
To be the treasured beauty we ought to be.

God has given your proud mommy to you
And she has given all of you to all of us:-
Be that loving gift of your blessed beautiful hue,
Rather than a foggy mirror image covered in dust.

3. Stressed in School

       by Emerson Nosreme

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
More stress

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
Yet somehow
The chains are still there
And they’re stressing me even more

4. Soothing Stress

       by Olabosoye Wemimo Olaoluwa

With the chalk,
Teachers’ hearts knock
Students flock;
Goats, we overstock
And sheep, we unlock!

With our talks,
Teachers’ mouths stalk
Lazy students’ works,
Discipline the ones that balk,
And reinforce the gawks!

With our walks,
Knowledge toast to hawk
Teachers nighthawk;
Going days overwork,
Reactivating students’ blocks.

5. The Struggle Is Real

       by Sara Carr

Every sound is screeching
Every voice is wailing,
Larger than life.
No stillness
Never.

Every eye is on me
When I have to go up there
Alone
The whole class is waiting
For me to
Finish

They say they need it to pass the test
Or they want to have a good time
But their laughs make our struggle harder
The kids who don’t take Adderall for fun.

6. Final Exam Stress

       by Skylar C.

I want to pull my hair out and scream
why does school have to be so mean…

Packets upon packets thrown in my face
I wish my mother would get off my case.

It doesn’t matter if there’s A’s or B’s
Those aren’t as important as my non-existent degree!

Why must I have so much to do,
I wish I could sue!

I’m running around everywhere and cramming
My throat and mind are clamming.

I was always so prepared in the past
But now I feel like I’m dead last!

My mind is blank and can’t process a thing
It’s almost as slow as my laptop ping!

Wish me luck
Because this is going to suck.

7. Life Is Tough

       by Ellie Finch

Life is tough–that’s what they say,
But they don’t know what it’s like every day
To wake up in the morning and go to school,
Just so people can test you and prove you’re a fool.

The teacher says you obviously didn’t try,
But they don’t know you go to your room and cry.
You did put in effort, you did your part;
They just don’t understand you’re not that smart.

Then comes the pressure from your mum and dad
Who are so clearly disappointed that your grades are bad.
You are punished and picked on for the rest of the year,
Because you finally gave up on the future career

That was once so close, but is now so distant.
However, your teachers and parents are still insistent.
It’s hard enough getting up and going to class
Without the pressure and expectation that you have to pass.

The worst part, however, is not that you’re a disappointment.
It’s the permanent, never-ending embarrassment
Of always failing and coming last,
Of never being good enough, your confidence dropping fast.

Everyone else seems to be doing just fine.
Their parents are all proud, unlike mine.
Honestly, I can’t think of a worse place than this,
When in reality it’s made out to be somewhere we should miss.

I won’t miss it; I’ll be glad to leave.
Five years wasted because failure is all I ever received.
I know it’s my fault and that I’m the one to blame.
I gave up so early on because I was ashamed.

To my family, I’m a failure, and I’m a failure to myself.
Everyone’s high expectations only damaged my mental health.
If I ever have kids I will always try
To make sure the fear of failure is not the reason they ever cry.

People need to understand school’s no longer fun or good,
‘Cause some of us don’t fit in, although we wish we could.

8. Classroom

       by Elissa Quigley

Teacher’s droning on,
about something I should know
monotone voices go on,
raised volumes attack.
So few respect my quiet
those that do are rare.
My quiet has a reason,
for those who dare to listen,
a magical tale.
A tale of woe, strife, and joy.
Few do listen to my tale.
those that do will learn.
Adventure with challenges,
adventure between my ears
challenges with fear.
now fear of being laughed at
cells of flat wood and cold metal,
papers everywhere.
Lectures of unknown language,
Symbols I probably should know.
stress running in me.
expectations unspoken,
the power of the screen lives.
Now class is starting.
Please take your seats now children.
Let the confusion begin

9. Meditation

       by Anais Vionet

As a teenager, I can sometimes be frantic,
unfocused, stressed and anxious.
Luckily, I was introduced to meditation.
I love meditation and the way it makes me feel – solid.

So, how does it work?
First I set a 15 minute timer and get
prepared to look a little foolish.
I sit somewhere comfortable, cross-legged.
I close my eyes and focus on a point
in the center of my forehead
between my eyes, relax my mind,
and think only of the sound of OM.
When your mind wanders, just go back to OM.
Existing in that territory of nothing
there is a silence that must be listened to.
You end up giving sharp attention to nothing.
It is simple, compelling and satisfying.
When you’re done, a new stillness will remain in your mind.

10. Sixteen

       by E.J. Francis

Making midnight runs to the big city for red lipstick and guess jeans,
‘Cause you’re sixteen and wanna be beautiful.
Dancing in your room to The Cure and Bikini Kill,
‘Cause you’re sixteen and you’ve got time to waste.
Clutching some diet pills or maybe some razor blades in that purse of yours,
‘Cause you’re sixteen and you’re starting to hate yourself.
Taking late night walks with beautiful strangers,
‘Cause you’re sixteen and think you’re in love.
Having talks about college or maybe leaving the country in a few years.
‘Cause you’re sixteen and don’t know what you want.
Crying and shaking until it’s time for it to go back to how it was before,
‘Cause you’re sixteen, and this is your life.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, it is important to know how to manage stress without becoming overwhelmed.

Taking the time for yourself to read poetry or partake in a hobby can help relax the mind and body.

Reaching out for help when needed, talking to family or friends, or speaking with a counselor are also recommended ways to reduce stress.

The list of poems about stress included in this blog post are just a few examples of different ways poetry can be therapeutic and calming during times of distress.

Hopefully these stress poems have helped bring some harmony into your stressful life and allowed you take a step back from the chaos.

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