HEALTHY LIVING

7 Calming Quotes That Will Get You Through Even The Worst Of Times

06/30/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2015

When life begins to feel like just a little more than you can handle, mentally repeating a few short, relaxing words can work wonders on your stress levels.

This fact has been acknowledged by researchers for quite some time: In the early 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson, the founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, discovered the scientific roots for this "relaxation response." Using a mantra at times of high stress and inducing this meditative state has been proven to substantially lower cortisol levels and calm the body's fight-or-flight response.

We also know that meditation boasts a plethora of health benefits, from reducing stress to boosting the immune system. In an effort to make this calming practice even more effective, Buzzfeed BFF's Adam J. Kurtz, an artist whose work is often inspired by mental health topics, created a collection of quote cards with natural scene GIFs underneath mantras suggested by his Twitter audience.

Feeling stressed and in need of a mantra to help you calm down? Check out these seven soothing quote cards below. You'll feel relaxed in no time.

just keep moving
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @TheMochnacz

too blessed
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @trevorjab

clear eyes
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @hello_mcee

control
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @mew416

be better
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @ivonne1399

good life
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @ArielKatherine

ocean
Adam J. Kurtz / BuzzFeed / StockFootageForFree.com / Via Twitter: @DaniiiMFC

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