71 Self Care Quotes for a Healthier, Happier Life

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Self-care is an essential part of a healthy and happy life. Not only does it help you to feel better about yourself, it also allows you to become your best self and be able to bring your own unique contributions to the world. Check out these 71 self-care quotes to help you remember to take the time to care for yourself to live a healthier, happier life.

Quotes on Happiness

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“Only you can allow yourself to explore the person in the mirror. Only you can coax yourself into a daring adventure to find your untapped potential.” ― Vironika Tugaleva

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

“Self-care is allowing yourself to appreciate the moment for what it is, instead of wishing it was something else.” ― Sharon Pearson

“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

“You need time to think, time to dream, time to talk and time to do nothing at all.” Brooke McAlary

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor

“Somewhere, somebody is looking for someone exactly like you.” Germany Kent

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

“Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.” – Tara Brach

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“Be kind to your body, gentle with your mind and patient with your heart. Stay true to your spirit, cherish your soul and never doubt yourself. You are still becoming, my love, and there is no one more deserving of the nurturing grace of your love.” ― Becca Lee

“When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” — Paulo Coelho 

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

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

“Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.” ― Nikki Rowe

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

“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.”– Steve Maraboli

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

“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.”– Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

“Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It’s not something physical.”  – Sophia Loren

Quotes on the Importance of Self-Care

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“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

“Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health — body, mind, and spirit.” — Laurie Buchanan, PhD

“The value of self-care and self-love is often underestimated. It starts with you. You can’t give what you don’t have.” ― Izey Victoria Odiase

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

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

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

“How do you define ‘taking care of yourself’? Create a new self-care practice today. Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself. Discomfort is a wise teacher.”– Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso

“Acknowledge, accept, and honor that you deserve your own deepest compassion and  love.”– Nanette Mathews

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

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

“Self-care is giving the world the best you instead of what’s left of you.” —Katie Reed

“As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.” ― Akiroq Brost

“We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self-care.”– Dr. Sara Gottfried

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

“When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose.”– Amy Leigh Mercree

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

“Spending time alone in your own company reinforces your self-worth and is often the number-one way to replenish your resilience reserves.” ― Sam Owen

“Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.” — Sharon Salzberg

Inspirational Self-Care Quotes

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“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

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie

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

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“Be brave enough to heal yourself even when it hurts.” —Bianca Sparacino

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

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“Learning to treat ourselves lovingly may at first feel like a dangerous experiment.” – Sharon Salzberg

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“You should endeavor to give your body what it needs to be healthy, your mind what it needs to be peaceful and focused, and your soul what it needs to feel content.” ― Dedeker Winston

“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing come when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine.” – Melodie Beattie

“The Universe will never require you to set yourself on fire to provide heat for others.” ― Clyde Lee Dennis

“Maybe if we love ourselves healthy we will all heal.” – Nikki Rowe

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

Self-Care Quotes on Life and Wisdom

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“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

“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

“Much of your strength as a woman can come from the resolve to replenish and fill your own well and essence first, before taking care of others.” ― Miranda J. Barrett

“Self-care is the number one solution to helping somebody else. If you are being good to yourself and your body and your psyche, that serves other people better, because you will grow strong enough to lift someone else up.” — Mary Lambert

“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

“The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others.”– Chuang Tzu

“Self-discipline is self-caring.”– M. Scott Peck

“When you accept you have to rescue yourself, then you’re adulting.” ― Sharon Pearson

“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first; it means me too.”– L.R. Knost

“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.

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.” – Susan Weiss Berry

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“Though we all make mistakes, don’t handicap yourself in difficult tasks; self-sabotage is not a strategy. Sometimes all you need to do is protect yourself from your own self.” ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“When ill health shows up in your body, it is a wake up call to change your thinking, speaking, feelings or actions. Wellness – think and speak well, feel and do good for others and yourself. Wellness is created from being well within.” ― Hazel Butterworth

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

“When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.” – John O’Donohue

“You are here, alive and awake and for whatever reasons you have fought your battles, it’s time to start focusing on what strengths pulled you up when the entire world had knocked you down. That’s where the virtue in self grows.” ― Nikki Rowe

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” – Brian Andreas

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