Self-care quotes and captions reflect the increased importance of this topic.
The world we live in today can be incredibly draining and take its toll on our mental health. While it is important to give back and help others, we must make sure that we are taking care of ourselves first — whether that means eating right, exercising, or simply taking time for ourselves.
Many people struggle with self-care, so we’re sharing these quotes and captions to remind you of its importance.
Short Self-Care Quotes
1.) Grab a coffee. Journal your intentions. Get to work. Create miracles.
2.) As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.
3.) Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.
4.) In a world of self-optimization, self-care is self-defense.
5.) When confused or overwhelmed, choose YOU.
Izey Victoria Odiase
6.) Honestly, self-care is not fluffy. It’s something we should take seriously.
7.) Be you, love you. All ways, always.
8.) Moving on is self-care, which is intelligence.
9.) Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.
10.) Part of courage is simple consistency.
Funny Self-Care Quotes
11.) You cannot breathe life into someone refusing to inhale.
12.) Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.
13.) One of the greatest burdens of leadership is embracing the need for self-care with grace.
Guy T. Simpson Jr.
14.) It be funny how the universe be blocking all your shots because you in the wrong game.
15.) Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.
16.) Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
17.) If it costs you your peace of mind, you’ve overpaid.
Rigel J. Dawson
18.) Resting is a part of the process, even if it’s not a part of the plan.
19.) If someone doesn’t care about himself, you begin to lose interest after a while.
20.) Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.
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Inspirational Self-Care Quotes
21.) Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
22.) Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
23.) Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.
24.) The most important investment you can make is in yourself. Very few people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into the actual horsepower of their output in life. Potential exceeds realization for many people. The best asset is your own self. You can become to an enormous degree the person you want to be.
5.) Today and onwards, I stand proud, for the bridges I’ve climbed, for the battles I’ve won, and for the examples I’ve set, but most importantly, for the person I have become. I like who I am now, finally, at peace with me.
26.) Loving yourself is scary. That’s why people don’t do it. To love yourself is to make eye contact with yourself- stare a measureless distance into your soul and embrace the journey to and through pillars of emotions and resting on the cushions of the heart. Imagine that. Then make it a reality.
Niedria D. Kenny
Mental Health Care Quotes
27.) If you think you can love and be loved, practice it on yourself.
Darnell Lamont Walker
28.) Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Malcolm S. Forbes
29.) Self-care is your fuel. Whatever the road ahead or the path you’ve taken, self-care is what keeps your motor running and your wheels turning.
30.) You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
31.) It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self-love deficit.
32.) Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
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33.) Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
34.) Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, and breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.
35.) It is possible to set boundaries provided that you prioritize your own self-care. To protect ourselves in their presence, we first have to understand the way they think and manipulate. This will give us insight into their agendas, their exploitative ways of approaching the world, and the essential tools needed to safely exit interactions, friendships, and relationships with them.
36.) If you want to help her, you need to help yourself first. No one serves their friends by grinding themselves into dust on the altar of compassion.
37.) Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
Enlightening Self-Care Quotes
38.) 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.
39.) 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 others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.
40.) Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.
Good Self-Care Quotations
41.) Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
M. Scott Peck
42.) All animals must have the basic circuitry for self-care, or they will fail to survive long enough to reproduce. In the evolution of the mammalian brain, the range of myself was extended to include my babies.
Patricia S. Churchland
43.) Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.
44.) Self-care equals success. You’re going to be more successful if you take care of yourself and you’re healthy.
45.) 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 a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience the wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.
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46.) One person’s self-care isn’t necessarily another’s—there is going to be a lot of individuality.
Gail Saltz, M.D.
47.) I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.
48.) Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.
Mental Health Quotes
49.) You must be gentle with yourself every day anew so that the harshness of this world does not seep into your soul.
50.) Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.
51.) The most profound personal growth does not happen while reading a book or meditating. It happens in the throes of conflict when you are angry, afraid, frustrated. It happens when you are doing the same old thing, and you suddenly realize that you have a choice.
53.) Mindfulness not only makes it possible to survey our internal landscape with compassion and curiosity but can also actively steer us in the right direction for self-care.
Bessel van der Kolk
Holistic Self-Care Quotes
54.) Self-care means considering yourself a worthwhile person and presenting yourself as valuable, capable, and deserving. In other words, self-care seeks to redress an imbalance that develops when you don’t take proper care of yourself, whether by inattention or by choice.
55.) Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.
56.) Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.
57.) The body can endure practically anything—pain, fatigue, you name it—but it’s the mind that matters.
Motivational Self Care Quotes
58.) To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.
59.) The more you understand your value, the more you’ll distance and detach from the things that don’t.
60.) You have to believe in yourself when no one else does—that makes you a winner right there.
61.) It’s common to reject or punish yourself when you’ve been rejected by others. When you experience disappointment from the way your family or others treat you, that’s the time to take special care of yourself. What are you doing to nurture yourself? What are you doing to protect yourself? Find a healthy way to express your pain.
62.) Prioritize self-care & incorporate a minimum of 60 mins’ me time’ into your daily routine. Yes, there are enough hours in the day. No excuses.
Health Care Quotations
63.) Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.
64.) You wash your hands when you shake a bunch of hands. You have to wash your energy when you’re around people. It’s hard for me to say self-care is washing, although I think it is. So I made music for self-care. That’s what it’s for.
65.) Self-love requires self-care; caring for ourselves focuses on our well-being in mind. We are giving ourselves the same forgiveness, kindness, and compassion we give to others.
66.) The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Self Care Quotes for Moms
67.) Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.
68.) Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
69.) Have patience with all things. But, first of all with yourself.
Francis de Sales
70.) There is a part of Wonder Woman inside me and inside every woman, kind of that secret self that women share. We are all caretakers, giving birth, and caring for our children and companions and loved ones.
71.) Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
72.) Spend time on other important areas of your life, like self-care, family, and friends, that you may have neglected during your goal-striving efforts.
73.) My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Beauty Self-Care Quotes
74.) Self-care is the non-negotiable. That’s the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of the self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care.
Jonathan Van Ness
75.) Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
76.) Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.
Dolores del Rio
77.) Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn’t last, but meditating every day does.
78.) Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime.
79.) The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
80.) Look after yourself from within, and your beauty will shine through on your skin.
81.) Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Take Time for Yourself
82.) 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
83.) Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
84.) Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
85.) 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.
86.) In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.
87.) Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised.
Jada Pinkett Smith
88.) It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Empowering Self-Care Quotes
89.) Self-care is how you take your power back.
90.) To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
91.) Keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.
Louisa May Alcott
92.) Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.
Diane Von Furstenberg
93.) 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
94.) Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.
95.) If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.
96.) t’s the small habits, how you spend your morning, how you talk to yourself, what you read, what you watch, who you share your energy with, that will change your life.
97.) The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.
98.) Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.
Taking Care of Yourself
99.) The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
100.) If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
101.) Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
102.) Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
103.) Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
104.) Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.
105.) 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.
Peaceful State of Mind
106.) To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.
Jill Bolte Taylor
107.) Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.
108.) 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.
109.) How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self worth so we must care for ourselves in every way, every day.
110.) You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breaths and you are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.
Encouraging Self-Care Quotes
111.) You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
112.) I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.
113.) We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self-care.
Dr. Sara Gottfried
114.) 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.
115.) The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.
C. Joybell C
116.) There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.
117.) Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health — body, mind, and spirit.
Laurie Buchanan, Ph.D.
118.) People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.
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119.) I’m staying home today. I have mood poisoning.
120.) This looks like a ‘no, thanks’ to me.
121.) I do a thing called ‘what I want.’
122.) Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart into it, take yourself out of it.
123.) If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.
124.) Know your worth, and then make sure to add tax.
125.) Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body.
126.) Need some new haters because the old once became my fan.
127.) I am not an early bird or night owl; I’m some sort of permanently exhausted pigeon.
128.) If someone holds you then leave his hand.
129.) They laugh at me because I’m different: I laugh at them because they’re all the same.
130.) Get in, loser; we’re healing and falling in love with ourselves again.
131.) You can’t make everyone happy. You aren’t tacos.
132.) When you realize your self-worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.
133.) It’s not your job to like me — that’s my job!
134.) The bags under my eyes are Prada.
135.) A reminder that Winnie the Pooh wore a crop top with no pants & ate his fave food & loved himself so you can too.
136.) If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
137.) Not everybody has to love me. I can’t force you to have good taste.
138.) Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful.
139.) And so, she decided to start living the life she’d imagined.
140.) Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.
141.) When something goes wrong in your life, yell ‘Plot twist!’ and move on.
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142.) I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.
143.) Self-discipline is self-caring.
144.) Stop shrinking to fit places you’ve outgrown.
145.) In a society that profits from self-doubt, loving yourself is an act of rebellion. Be a rebel.
146.) Talk to yourself like someone you love.
147.) If it makes you happy, it doesn’t have to make sense to everyone else.
148.) A man can’t be comfortable without his own approval.
149.) Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire.
150.) Be your own friend. It will be the greatest friendship ever.
151.) It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
152.) Today’s a good day to start making a difference in your own life.
153.) If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself.
154.) You were born to be real, not to be perfect.
155.) Self-care is how you treat yourself.
156.) Healing is not linear.
Personal Maintenance Captions
157.) Self-care sometimes is doing the things that will make your next 2 hours difficult but your next ten years easier.
158.) Life is like photography; we develop from the negatives.
159.) Practice self-rescue first before you ‘help’ someone else.
160.) My first relationship is with myself.
161.) Be gentle to yourself because you are the better version of yourself.
162.) Self-care means thinking about yourself, loving yourself, and worrying about yourself.
163.) Self-care is taking all the pressures you are facing right now and deciding to which you will respond and how.
164.) Everything works better when it is unplugged for a while.
165.) It’s okay to put yourself first.
166.) First and foremost, be kind to yourself.
167.) Take your power back one step at a time.
Self Care Quotes for the Soul
168.) Mind. Body. Soul. These are the three things self-care is all about.
Kathy Sledge, Grammy-nominated American Singer-Songwriter
169.) 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.
170.) 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
Emotional Self Care Quotes
171.) Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.
Audre Lorde, Feminist and Civil Rights Leader
172.) You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breaths and you are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.
Morgan Harper Nichols
173.) Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Physical Self Care Quotes
174.) Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.
175.) To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
176.) Sometimes I give myself a break. I will retreat a moment from the fray, just to breathe.
177.) Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing come when you love yourself.
Mental Self Care Quotes
178.) Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
Leo F. Buscaglia
179.) Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place.
180.) I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.
By Emily Clarke
Emily writes about fitness, mental health, and personal care.
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