35 Self Care Quotes That Will Motivate & Inspire You

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The list of to-dos seems to grow as we get older. Between work, kids, and your social life there seems to be no time for yourself. Recently, though, I have been trying to move “me time” a little higher up on my to-do list. I have learned that when I take time for self care, I actually become a much better version of myself and I have more room in my heart and far more patience. If you need a little inspiration to hop on the self-care train, I have just the perfect thing. Here are 35 of my favorite self care quotes that remind me that I am strong, capable, and can get through anything!

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My All-Time Favorites

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  1. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. -Maya Angelou 
  2. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -Oscar Wilde 
  3. Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. -Lucille Ball
  4. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi 
  5. Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s up! -Unknown 
  6. Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss
  7. You owe yourself the love that you so freely give others. -Unknown 
  8. 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
  9. Stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine. -Unknown 
  10. 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
  11. The things that make me different are the things that make me me. -A. A. Milne

Self Care Quotes from Some Incredible Leading Ladies

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  • Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. -Oprah Winfrey 
  • To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family. -Michelle Obama
  • Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you. -Beyonce
  • I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. -Madonna 
  • Don’t take your health for granted. Don’t take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised. -Jada Pinkett Smith
  • When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things. -Queen Latifah 
  • When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better. -Solange Knowles 
  • We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be? -Meghan Markle 
  • Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it. -Tina Fey 
  • You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. -Diane Von Furstenberg

Self Care Quotes About Unplugging 

  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. -Anne Lamott
  • You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. Love is a gift of one’s innermost soul to another so both can be whole. Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours. -Buddha
  • You are worth the quiet moment, you are worth the deeper breath. You are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest. -Morgan Harper Nichols 
  • 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
  • When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself. -Paulo Coelho
  • 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
  • Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners. -William Shakespeare 
  • An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows it to shine vibrantly, lighting the way for others. -Uknown 

Leave Your Worries Behind & Get Motivated Quotes

  • It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over, because there’s nothing you can do about them. And why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized. -Wayne Dyer 
  • It is so empowering to say, “This isn’t serving me,” and walk away in peace. -Unknown 
  • Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. -Stephen Covey 
  • You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. -Louise L. Hay 
  • Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. -Katie Reed
  • If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror. -Unknown
  • Whenever you need a reminder of how much self care really matters, I hope you think back on these quotes and feel inspired all over again. We all deserve some “me time” and a little recharge every now and then. 

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