30 self-care quotes to remind yourself to take some ‘me-time’

Rediscover the art of loving yourself with these inspirational quotes on self care.

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by Stephanie Anthony |

It's very easy to forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. This can be something as simple as allowing ourselves a moment of quiet time to relax, treating ourselves to a new pair of shoes, or spending as little as 15 minutes of your day doing something which is just for you.

The act of self care is so worth the effort, putting that little bit of time and energy back into yourself to recharge your batteries. We can only give so much, you have to put back in at least now and again. And despite what you think, in order to be fully present in our relationships, we must invest in ourselves too.

So, to help inspire your self care, we've taken some inspiration from some of the most influential and inspiring voices from past and present day to bring you our favourite 30 self-care quotes to live by.


Self care quotes

Oprah Winfrey
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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

Jack Kornfield
2 of 30

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

Andrew Matthews
3 of 30

"A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life." — Andrew Matthews

Lucille Ball
4 of 30

"Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."- Lucille Ball

Dr. Seuss
5 of 30

"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

Dalai Lama
6 of 30

"If you feel 'burnout' setting in, if you feel demoralised and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself."-Dalai Lama

Jackie Viramontez
7 of 30

"Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable." — Jackie Viramontez

Sandra Bierig
8 of 30

"To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections."-Sandra Bierig

Sophia Loren
9 of 30

"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."— Sophia Loren

Roy T. Bennett
10 of 30

"Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down." — Roy T. Bennett

Oscar Wilde
11 of 30

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."— Oscar Wilde

Kim McMillen
12 of 30

"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 McMillen

Annie Lamot
13 of 30

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."-Annie Lamot

Jane Fonda
14 of 30

"The challenge is not to be perfect — it is to be whole." — Jane Fonda

Parker Palmer
15 of 30

"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

Dolly Parton
16 of 30

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." — Dolly Parton

Wayne Dyer
17 of 30

"If you don't love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won't be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self." — Wayne Dyer

Cecilia Tran
18 of 30

"Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause."-Cecilia Tran

Jean Shinoda Bolen
19 of 30

"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

20 of 30

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." — Buddha

Princess Diana
21 of 30

"Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves."-Princess Diana

Mandy Hale
22 of 30

"It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary."— Mandy Hale

Karl Lagerfeld
23 of 30

"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

Alice Walker
24 of 30

"Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future."-Alice Walker

Sydney J. Harris
25 of 30

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." — Sydney J. Harris

Diane Von Furstenberg
26 of 30

"It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself."— Diane Von Furstenberg

Maya Angelou
27 of 30

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."-Maya Angelou

Deborah Day
28 of 30

"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

Eleanor Roosevelt
29 of 30

"Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."— Eleanor Roosevelt

Beth Behrs
30 of 30

"Self-care equals success. You're going to be more successful if you take care of yourself and you're healthy."-Beth Behrs

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