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  1. Blog
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  3. April 9, 2021

49 Relatable Stress Memes for When You’re Really Going Through It

What, like, it's hard?

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Photo courtesy of Charles Deluvio

This article is part of InHerSight's Working During Coronavirus series. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, find helpful advice here on working remotely, job hunting remotely, dealing with anxiety and stress, and staying safe at work if you have to be on-site.

We’ve all been through the ringer this past year, and feeling more stressed out than usual is...completely normal. According to the APA’s Stress in America survey, 84 percent of respondents said the country “has serious societal issues that we need to address” and reported feeling at least one emotion tied to prolonged stress in the last two weeks. No matter what your stressor is, there's a stress meme for it. So give yourself a break, breathe, and perhaps ease the stress with a little comedic relief. 

Here are 49 relatable stress memes for when you’re really going through it:

1. When the clock doesn’t get the memo that you’re *done* working

2. When you're forcing yourself to smile through the pain of work stress like...

3. Your sweatpants and messy bun are calling

4. I'm baby

5. *obsessively checks bank account every three hours to see if money has magically appeared*

6. Wait, non-toxic coworkers are a thing?

7. Anytime my friends ask my about my stress levels

8. The world is on fire, it’s fine

9. This is just another normal Monday morning, right?

Read more: How to Cope with Constantly Being Overwhelmed

10. Stress eating is real, y’all

11. When you’re so generous that you start sharing your stress with others

12. Feeling like Elizabeth James every workday

13. When you realize you’ve been using stress balls wrong for years…

14. Tune in at 8 p.m. tonight to see who wins

15. Just let me wind down in peace, please

Read more: You Need More Rest. Here Are 3 Ways to Calm Down & Disconnect

16. When every day feels like a technical challenge on The Great British Bake Off

17. Just a friendly reminder to hydrate

18. Ok...leave me alone, please?

19. “Stop trying to make ‘not stressed out’ happen. It’s not going to happen!” —Regina George

20. I’m just following directions…

21. *rolls eyes*

22. Thanks for the heads up, girl

Read more: Ask a Recruiter: How Do I Talk About Mental Health with My Boss—or Prospective Employer? 

23. When overthinking is your favorite hobby

24. Yes please, turn up the unlikely scenarios volume

Read more: 8 Tips for Dealing with Anxiety in the Workplace

25. When your little shows are the best part of your day

Read more: 19 Movies About Strong Women to Watch This Weekend

26. I’ve earned it, okay?

27. Cross your fingers for this type of nap to unwind this weekend

28. I promise I’m being productive and not looking at a list of relatable stress memes

29. When your coworker asks you to hop on a quick debrief call

30. When you hype yourself up to live by your own standards…

31. ...but then reality comes crashing back down

32. When your stress causes you to run out of patience

33. How to get rid of stress 101

34. When the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

35. *responds “That’s great, honey” for the 200th time*

36. Kids with glitter = recipe for stress spiral

37. Isn’t this why people drink multiple cups of coffee?

38. A whole vibey-vibe

39. Overwhelmed by coffee and anxiety working together

40. I feel...seen

41. When you just can’t make lemonade from lemons anymore

42. No, no you may not ask me anything, ever

43. Interviewer: what are your career goals? Me:

Read more: How to Talk About Your Career Goals in an Interview

44. If Queen Bey says so, I have to

45. When my friends ask me what I buy when I stress shop

46. Anytime you think about your to-do list

47. This pretty much sums up my brain activity at all times

48. When you can’t stop dreaming about the perfect life...

49. ...but then finally realize that you’re perfect just the way you are and are capable of handling stress when it’s thrown your way

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Cara Hutto

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Cara Hutto is the assistant editor at InHerSight. Her writing primarily focuses on workplace rights, job searching, diversity, and allyship, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in media and journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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