21 Quotes to Motivate You to Take Care of Yourself

Here's 21 thought-provoking and timely reminders of why it's important to take care of yourself - and to hopefully motivate you to make it a priority!

Taking care of yourself. It should come easy. But sometimes it’s so easy to forget!

I forget ALL of the time, even though I tend to be the first person to preach to others about the importance of ‘self-care’. And  I guess there’s more than a few reasons for it. I mean, I’ve learn’t the hard way (a few times) and I want to help others not to!

So sometimes it pays to have a few things up our sleeves to remind ourselves to practice some good old self-care. Whether it’s post-it notes around the house, lists, reminders in our phones, or something else, do whatever works for you!

Here’s one of the things I try – it’s in the form of the good old motivational quote!

Here’s 21 thought-provoking and timely reminders of why it’s important to take care of yourself – and to hopefully motivate you to make it a priority!


Doing nothing has become one of the lost luxuries in these hectic times. But doing nothing, even for five minutes, can be rejuvenating. Go for it: You – unplugged. – Joan Marques

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

Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit. – Tara Brach

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

Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. — Katie Reed

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

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

To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you. – Thich Nhat Han

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. — Stephen Covey

When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself. — Paulo Coelho 

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

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. – Anne Lamott

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. - Anne Lamott

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

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps. – John Lennon

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. – Joyce Meyer

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

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

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

Now, over to you. What quotes or affirmations motivate you to take care of yourself?

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About Janine Ripper

I’m a mental health advocate, writer, blogger, digital marketer and mentor. I share my mental health ‘journey’, one of depression, anxiety, PTSD, burn out and recovery, as well as resources, advice and tips about self-care, wellness and how to survive being an adult!