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32 Inspiring Self-Care Quotes to Lower Stress and Anxiety

May 4, 2023

Inspiring self-care quotes to relieve stress and anxiety from stress coach April Likins
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Self-care is more than just a buzzword or a trendy Sunday hashtag – it’s critical to maintaining our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In our fast-paced lives, we often put the needs of others before our own, which can easily lead to overwhelm, anxiety, and burnout. However, by practicing self-care regularly, we can improve our ability to cope with stress and prevent its negative impact on our health. In this blog post, I’m sharing 32 inspiring self-care quotes to help motivate you to prioritize self-care in your daily routine. These quotes will remind you that caring for yourself is not selfish but a necessary step towards leading a healthy and fulfilling life. So, let’s dive in and discover the power of self-care together.

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“Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia

“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it’s making a choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” – Brianna Wiest

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown

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

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, even you.” – Ann Lamott

“Exhaustion is not a badge of honor.” –  Maggie Rogers

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

“If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.”Paulo Coelho

“Success doesn’t have to come at the cost of your soul, your sanity, or your health. If it does, it’s time to reevaluate your definition of success.” – Elaine Welteroth 

“You have one life – don’t spend it breaking yourself to please others.” – Alex Mathers

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

“Burnout is not just about how much we do in a day. It’s about what we do in a day.” Sara Kuburick

“Rest is not work’s opposite. Rest is work’s partner.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”– Shane Koyczan

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”– Elizabeth Edwards

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.”
– Bryant McGill

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

“Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now, and do it. Today is your lucky day.” – Will Durant

“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” – Cecilia Tran

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

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde

“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

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston

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

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah

“When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.” –  Madeleine L’Engle

“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

“Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.” – Jackie Viramontez

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris

“If you are constantly in busy mode, your mental and physical health will suffer.” – Dr. Caroline Leaf

“We’ve been conditioned to believe that asking for help is a weakness, but I think that it’s the ultimate act of self-care and strength. And doing it not only improves your well-being, it also benefits those around you.” – Jen Fisher

“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

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

The Takeaway

Self-care is crucial for our mental, emotional, and physical health. Taking care of ourselves must become a top priority, and self-care quotes can be an inspiring and powerful tool to motivate us to do so. From reminding us that self-care is not selfish to encouraging us to prioritize our needs, the self-care quotes we explored in this blog post have the potential to shift our perspective and help us make self-care a daily habit. Remember, taking care of ourselves is a gift to ourselves and those around us. So, take these inspiring self-care quotes with you to make self-care an essential part of your daily routine.

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April Likins, stress management coach

You’re not alone! I’ve been there. I hit burnout in 2013 after my father died, which led to a complete health collapse. It took me years of determined work to reclaim my health, so I am fiercely passionate about helping others restore theirs.

I’m April Likins, a board-certified health coach and stress expert who helps ambitious women beat exhaustion and burnout and increase their spark, energy, and joy. 

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