Showing up and taking care of yourself is key to thriving and living a fulfilled life.
Quotes have always been a great way for me to reconnect with my heart, my soul, my intentions and my dreams. They become touchstones to remind myself of who I want to be, how I want to feel or how I want to live.
I’ve learned that self-acceptance, self-love and self-care are critical on the path to personal and spiritual growth. They are the foundation for you to thrive and design your best life.
Here is a list of some of my favorite quotes to remind yourself that you are worth taking care of.
Use the quotes and affirmations in any way that resonates with you. Pin them on Pinterest, put them on sticky notes around your house, put them in your phone, journal about them or meditate on them. Whatever works for you.
No matter how you use these inspiring quotes and affirmations, my hope is that they will empower you to make yourself a priority in your own life.
45 Inspiring Quotes To encourage You Take Care Of You
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection. – Budda
Self-Care has very little to do with your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself. – Tyra Banks
Self-care is a divine responsibility. – Danielle Laporte
Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. – Parker Palmer
Before anything else or anyone else, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. If you’re not treating yourself well on the inside, you will not be happy or healthy on the outside. Self-care is essential to your wellness. – Unknown
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. – Maya Angelou
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. Judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving. – Kim McMilllen
If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated. – Victoria Moran
Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad
I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. – Audre Lorde
Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. — Katie Reed
When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself. — Paulo Coelho
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. — Maya Angelou
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
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. – Mandy Hale
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
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. – Joyce Meyer
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 There is nothing rarer, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the essence of beauty. – Steve Maraboli
You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care. – Jessica Ortner
Compassionate action has to start with ourselves. If we are willing to stand fully in our own shoes and never give up on ourselves, then we will be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others and never give up on them. – Pema Chodron,
And you, you scare people, because you are whole all by yourself. – Lauren Alex Hooper
The journey isn’t about becoming a different person. It’s about loving who you are right now. – Suzanne Heyn
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marianne Williamson
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Buddha
Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. – Unknown
Talk to yourself like someone you love. – Brene Brown How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you. – Rupi Kaur
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. – Carl Jung
Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do. – Brene Brown
Be the very love that you crave. – Christine Kane When we make peace with ourselves, we spontaneously make peace with the world. – Debbie Ford
Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every relationship that you have. – Unknown
Loving yourself isn’t vanity; it’s sanity. – Katrina Mayer
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. – Rita Mae Brown
When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier. – Diane Von Furstenberg
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. – Shannon L. Alder
Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is. -Brene Brown
When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened. – Shannon Adler
Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. – Deborah Day
You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be. – Vironika Tugaleva
The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. – Steve Maraboli
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. – Coco Chanel
Quotes have the power to heal, transform and empower your life.
No matter how busy life gets, we must never forget to take care of ourselves. Without self-love and self-care, it’s almost impossible to thrive and live a happy and fulfilling life.
When faced with life’s challenges, taking the time to show up and take care of yourself will help you refocus and regain the strength to tackle whatever comes your way.
Hopefully, these quotes have reminded you why loving, accepting and caring for yourself is not only important; but crucial to your well-being and happiness.
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