34 Self-Care Quotes: A Little Nudge to Prioritize Yourself!

Practising self-care is on ongoing challenge for most, including myself!


We know what we should do, but various forces and things inside and outside of our control often stand in the way. But we also know that when we are practising self-care well, then the benefits overflow into all the areas of our life – for the better!


I certainly know I’m a better wife, mother, friend, etc when I’m taking care of myself mentally, physically and emotionally.


In light of this, here is a collection of inspiring quotes about the importance of self-care. Because sometimes a gentle reminder from a powerful quote can lead us back to making self-care a priority again.


Self-Care Quotes to Inspire:


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

Edward Stanley


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

Anne Lamott


“Instead of indulging in ‘comfort food,’ indulge in comfort meditation, comfort journaling, comfort walking, comfort talking, comfort manicures, comfort reading, comfort yoga, comfort hugging.”

Karen Salmansohn


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

Christopher Germer


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

Maya Angelou


“By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.”

Ali Washington


Ali Washington quote


“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


“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.”

Dalai Lama


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

Katie Reed


“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


“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the fearful, critical 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


“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of others.”

Jennifer Williamson


“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 others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”

Parker Palmer


“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”



“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”

Deborah Day


“Unless you fill yourself up first, you have nothing to give anybody. Therefore, it is imperative that you tend to your joy first. People are responsible for their own joy. When you tend to your joy and do what makes you feel good, you are a joy to be around and you are a shining example to every child and every person in your life. When you are feeling joy, you don’t even have to think about giving. It is a natural overflow.”

Rhonda Byrne


The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James


“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


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

Audre Lorde


Audre Lorde quote


“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


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

Nikki Rowe


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“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give, and nobody will care for you.”

Karl Lagerfeld


“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

Tia Walker


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



quote on self care


“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


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

Golda Poretsky


“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

Jack Kornfield


“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”



“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Audre Lorde


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

Etty Hillesum


“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”

Kim McMilllen


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

Lalah Delia


Lalah Delia quote


“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”



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


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  1. Who is Ali Washington?
    “By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.”

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