30 Quotes about Relaxing

Relaxation is a huge benefit for mental, emotional, and physical well-being. As adults, we have many things that cause stress, frustration, and anxiety. We need to take the time for ourselves, at least once a week, to relax and unwind. We have to keep our mental selves on track.

Some of us also need to get our physical selves back on the correct path. Whether it is a job, going to college, problems with friends, marital issues, or the stress of kids we all need relaxation and “me” time. Below are some quotes that may help you in your relaxation efforts.

Quotes about Relaxing

1. “The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.” — Bill Murray

2. “Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all-natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation.” — Jonathan Haidt

3. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” — Leonardo da Vinci

4. “If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.” — Herodotus

5. “The happiness we seek cannot be found through grasping, trying to hold on to things. It cannot be found through getting serious and uptight about wanting things to go in the direction we think will bring happiness. We are always taking hold of the wrong end of the stick. The point is that the happiness we seek is already here and it will be found through relaxation and letting go rather than through struggle.” — Pema Chodron

6. “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” — Sylvia Plath

7. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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8. “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” — John Lubbock

9. “Doing something positive will help turn your mood around. When you smile, your body relaxes. When you experience human touch and interaction, it eases tension in your body.” — Simone Elkeles

10. “Must be out-of-doors enough to get the experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” — Henry David Thoreau

11. “The average session takes about one to two hours. It’s totally amazing because when a person breathes, they go through one stage of relaxation after another, and every stage releases tension.” — Leonard Orr

12. “That business of relaxation, which is so terribly modern today, is all good and well, but my work interests me so much, and is so varied, that many times it seems relaxing when I go from one aspect to another.” — Arne Jacobsen

13. “No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.” — Joyce Brothers

14. “Relaxation is one of the most complex phenomena – very rich, multidimensional. All these things are part of it: let-go, trust, surrender, love, acceptance, going with the flow, union with existence, ego lessness, ecstasy. All these are part of it, and all these start happening if you learn the ways of relaxation.” — Rajneesh

15. “I must confess that, at that time, I had absolutely no knowledge of the slowness of the relaxation processes in the ground state, processes which take place in collisions with the wall or with the molecules of a foreign gas.” — Alfred Kastler

16. “For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem. The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains.” — Katharine Anthony

17. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” — Henri Matisse

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18. “Relaxation means allowing yourself to fall into a state where you are not doing anything because if you are doing something, tension will continue. It is a state of non-doing. You simply relax and you enjoy the feeling of relaxation. Relax into yourself, just close your eyes, and listen to all that is happening all around. No need to feel anything as a distraction. The moment you feel it is a distraction, you are denying God. This moment God has come to you as a bird. Don’t deny.” — Rajneesh

19. “I have thought of a pulley to raise me gradually; but that would give me pain, as it would counteract my natural inclination. I would have something that can dissipate the inertia and give elasticity to the muscles. We can heat the body, we can cool it; we can give it tension or relaxation; surely it is possible to bring it into a state in which rising from the bed will not be a pain. — Samuel Johnson

20. “Softly and kindly remind yourself, ”I cannot own anything.” It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.” — Wayne Dyer

21. “I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.” ― Jennifer Niven

22. “As Aristotle said, ‘Excellence is a habit.’ I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he’s ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.” ― Criss Jami

23. “There is a tonic strength, in the hour of sorrow and affliction, in escaping from the world and society and getting back to the simple duties and interests we have slighted and forgotten. Our world grows smaller, but it grows dearer and greater. Simple things have a new charm for us, and we suddenly realize that we have been renouncing all that is greatest and best, in our  pursuit of some phantom.”― William George Jordan

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24. “A massage is just like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you’re the star. And you don’t miss anything by falling asleep!” ― Elizabeth Jane Howard

25. “Elizabeth lay face-down on the massage table, and allowed Marco to relieve the stress of the business day with firm and knowing fingers. Success, she decided, was often a matter of knowing when to relax.” ― Barbara Taylor Bradford

26. “Leisure is not always relaxation and it is relaxation that counts.” ― Marty Rubin

27. “Sleep – real sleep, the dear, the cherished one, the lullaby. So deep and warm the bed and the pillow enfolding me, letting me sink into peace, nothingness – my dreams now, after the catharsis of the dark hours, are of young and lovely people doing young, lovely things, the girls I knew once, with big brown eyes, real yellow hair.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

28. “Our thoughts beyond what we can imagine can torment us to our end, therefore we must take time to relax, reflect, and re-energize in a way that caters to our mental health and emotional well being” ― Victor Manan Nyambala

29. “The best drinks are those shared with friends” ― Maureen Joyce Connolly

30. “Everybody needs a relaxation place to gather his strength now to give a better fight in tomorrow in the arena of life!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan


I think that my favorite quote out of all of the above is the very last one. You have to have your “me” time to gather your strength for what is going to be thrown at you tomorrow. Even if it is only 15 minutes before you go to bed at night. Listen to your favorite song, meditate, do yoga, anything that is going to help you relax and get a good night’s sleep.

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