15 Quotes to Inspire the Self Care You Deserve

self care quotesWe spend so much of our time taking care of others and focusing on all the things that need to get done. In the midst of it all, it’s easy to forget about ourselves or to let self-care tumble to the bottom of our priority list. It’s easy to convince ourselves that it’s okay to ignore our own needs or “wait until later” (which hardly ever happens). And it’s all too easy to go without the time, care, and compassion that we need.

You know how that turns out. One day we realize that not only are we busy, but now we’re also tired, cranky, eating too much, and more than a bit frustrated with the whole state of affairs.

Sometimes all it takes is a nudge, a gentle reminder of what (who!) is important, to get things back on track. Here are some inspiring quotes about self-care, self-compassion, and reminders about why you really do deserve and need to be on your priority list.

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

 

 

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

 

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

 

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
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

 

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

 

It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life. – Anne LaMott
It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life. – Anne LaMott

 

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. – Etty Hillesum
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. – Etty Hillesum

 

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

 

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior. -- Mark Victor Hansen
Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior. — Mark Victor Hansen

 

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. – Steve Maraboli
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. – Steve Maraboli

 

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

 

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

 

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – Caroline Myss
Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – Caroline Myss

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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