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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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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, it’s important to 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. Forcing yourself to smile through the pain of extra work 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. It’s a coffee catch-22, but it’s necessary


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

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