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65 Self Care Quotes on the Importance of Taking Care of You

Allow these quotes about self care to inspire you to put yourself first.

Published on October 1, 2019 6:30 AM EST
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So many people forget to put themselves first in life, and these spectacular self care quotes will inspire you to always keep self love on the forefront of your mind.

If you neglect yourself, this is a recipe for disaster. Let these powerful self care quotes to serve as your helpful reminder to never put yourself last!

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There are many reasons why self care actually helps you become more efficient and make progress faster.

Due to the nature of our busy lives, taking a break to look after yourself might sometimes feel like a luxury. We often believe that pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion will lead to a bigger reward. But is that really the case?

Without self care, it will be hard for you to function at your best. To prevent burnout and keep stress from taking over, you need to take the time to look after yourself. Besides, taking breaks to look after yourself will help you refocus especially when solving complicated problems.

As fuzzy as the phrase may sound, self care is just a few basic habits that are crucial for us to get the best out of our Everyday Power. For instance, you should always take time to exercise and look after your body, no matter how busy you might be. Another way to look after yourself is to practice good emotional hygiene by learning to control your feelings. Additionally, you should always protect your schedule and spend your time and money on what matters.

No matter what stage you are in life, taking care of yourself should be a priority. Here are some inspirational self care quotes to remind of that.

For more inspiration, also check out our collection of quotes by Ram Dass on self-love as well as these Ferris Bueller quotes on taking a day off.

Self care quotes on the importance of taking care of you

1. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde

2. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou

3. “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort. ” – Deborah Day

4. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde

Self Care Quotes about loving yourself

5. “Learning to love yourself is like learning to walk—essential, life-changing, and the only way to stand tall.”
Vironika Tugaleva

6. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
Mandy Hale

7. “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” – C. Joybell C.

8. “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” – Unknown

9. “Be you, love you. All ways, always.” ― Alexandra Elle

10. “Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” ― Akiroq Brost

Quotes about self care to inspire and motivate you

11. “Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” – Anna Taylor

12. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear. ” – Confucius

13. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. ” – Christopher Germer

14. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia

self care quotes to inspire you

15. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” – Madonna

16. “Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place.” – Unknown

17. “My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett

18. “Practice self-rescue first before you ‘help’ someone else” ― Maureen Joyce Connolly

19. “Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.” ― Frances Ryan

20. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield

Self care quotes on why taking care of yourself matters

21. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” — Eleanor Brown

22. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. ” – Steve Maraboli

23. “When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristin Neff

24. “Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable.” – Jackie Viramontez

25. “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.” ― Pema Chodron

self care quotes on loving yourself

26. “Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” – Golda Poretsky

27. “You aren’t doing “nothing” when you choose to put your wellbeing first. In fact, this is the key to having everything.” ― Brittany Burgunder

28. “When you can’t find your purpose in a day, make it to look after yourself.” ― Dodie Clark

29. “Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.” – Mac Anderson

30. “Self-care is taking all the pressures you are facing right now, and deciding to which you will respond, and how.” ― Imani Shola

Self care quotes on why you need to nurture yourself.

31. “There is enough time for self-care. There is not enough time to make up for the life you’ll miss by not filling yourself up.” — Jennifer Williamson

32. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. ” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

33. “When the body forces you to STOP it’s saying, hey buddy, you’ve gone too far.” ― Jacqueline Escolme

34. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

35. “You owe yourself the love that you so freely give others.” – Unknown

36. “Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me, too.” ― L.R. Knost

self care quotes on what it means to take care of yourself

37. “Your subconscious mind is paying attention to how you treat yourself.” ― Sam Owen

38. “Take the time today to love yourself. You deserve it.” ― Avina Celeste

39. “My brain and my heart are really important to me, I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?” – Kerry Washington

40. “I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal—a day when I do absolutely nothing. I sit in my jammies or take a walk, and I allow myself time to BE—capital B-E—with myself.” – Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational quotes about self care

41. “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer

42. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

43. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” –Unknown

44. “Gard the doors of your temple, do not let anyone pollute it with there mess.” ― Patricio Telman Chincocolo

45. “For us to feel good emotionally, we have to look after ourselves.” ― Sam Owen

self care quotes on looking after you

46. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown

47. “The only person you shouldn’t be able to live without is you.” ― Chris McGeown

48. “Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.” – Deborah Day

49. “Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” ― Kristi Ling

50. “For me, recovery and self-care are inextricably connected. My recovery from abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt required dump truck loads of self-care.” ― Steve Austin

Other self care quotes to make you strong

51. “Maybe if we love ourselves healthy we will all heal?”― Nikki Rowe

52. “The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself.”― Bryant McGillns

53. “Compassion is essential, but it’s not a substitute for self-expression, or self-respect, or self-compassion. Emotional self-care is also essential, but gently soothing our wounds does not replace communicating about them.”― Vironika Tugaleva

54. “No more martyring myself.”― Sharon E. Rainey

55. “Every morning, look in the mirror and affirm positive words into your life.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

56. “You can’t take care of anyone else unless you first take care of yourself.”― Michael Hyatt

57. “Our soul is like a soft and gentle flower, it needs to be nurtured, cared for, tended to, with sufficient sunlight, fresh air and freedom to bloom into its most precious and beautiful form. This, my friend, is self-love.”― Miya Yamanouchi

58. “It takes a rare person to care the same or more about you than themselves. So, until you find that person, please look after yourself.”― Charles F. Glassman

59. “Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire.”― Amy Ippoliti

60. “Don’t let hollow heroes distract you from saving yourself.”― Nikki Rowe

61. “Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.”― Gina Greenlee

62. “Doing something nice for myself is not selfish.”― Christine Morgan

63. “Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.”― Bryant McGill

64. “I love you but I got to love me more.”― Peggi Speers

65. “Remember that this is YOUR LIFE, and nothing is more important than YOU.”― Miya Yamanouchi

Which of these self-care quotes is your favorite?

No matter how busy life gets, we must never forget to take care of ourselves. Without self care, it will be almost impossible for you to live a happy and fulfilling life.

When faced with life’s challenges, taking the time to look after yourself will help you refocus and regain the strength to tackle whatever is in front of you. Hopefully, these quotes have reminded you why taking care of yourself is not only important but crucial.

Did you enjoy these self care quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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    March 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Be you. Love you. All ways.Always.
    -Alexandra Elle

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