Self-care is trending these days, but the idea is not new. You hear it at the beginning of every big journey: Put your own oxygen mask on before attempting to help others. Taking care of yourself is important—especially if you want to take care of the people you love. And every now and then we all could use a reminder, or a poke, or permission to be gentle and nurturing to ourselves. So we went to Hallmark’s writers for a bunch of inspiring, thoughtful, playful, and pithy self-care quotes—because different affirmations work for different kinds of people.
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Have you told you lately that you love you?
Love the person you’ve worked to become.
Love yourself like you are loved.
This year, I will love the work in progress that is me.
More “you’re worthy of love” self-care quotes:
- To thine own self be nice.
- You, too, are one of Nature’s precious creatures.
It’s not your job
to fit yourself into a box.
That’s a cat’s job.
Nurture your spark. Find your uniqueness. Know how much you matter.
More “you’re awesome” self-care quotes:
- When your life is in your own hands, you can shape it into something beautiful.
- You are a sparkly gem in a world of dumb rocks. Sparkle on.
- Let people know what you’re made of! Unless you’re a hot dog.
- I don’t know who ordered the combo platter of amazing, but here I am.
- Let yourself be fun. Be runaway llama fun.
- Dance like you have rhythm.
An empty tank
will take you
Take time to refuel.
Because it makes me happy.
Let your inner peace out.
When life gives you a dumpster fire,
More “you need a break” self-care quotes:
- Me-time like you mean it.
- Waste today wisely.
- Laughter is like a full-body massage for your soul.
- Aaaaand exhale.
Announcing my exercise plan!
Supporting my own dreams.
Lifting my expectations.
Running my own life.
Feel free to get hugely,
about the tiniest little things.
More “you could use a pep talk” self-care quotes:
- Never be careful what you wish for.
- Feed your passion. Feed your spirit. Feed your face. Hey, whatever you need.
- Kick some butt. Have some fun. Blow your own damn mind.
- Every day is a little win.
- It’s pretty simple. Smile more than you frown. Listen more than you speak. Believe more than you doubt. Shower more than you not shower.
A generous heart always has more to give.
More “you’re good for the world” self-care quotes:
- Your kind of kind is the best kind.
- Hug more. Even if it’s awkwardly.
- A giving heart is a beautiful heart.
- Looking out for number one everyone.
- Be Nice. —The Bible, Extremely Condensed Version
- Do no evil. Speak no evil. Tolerate no evil. Cuddle all kittens.
You are doing your best. And it is enough.
More “you’re enough” self-care quotes:
- #GOALS: Awake and vertical.
- Self-motivated. Coffee-assisted.
- I just want to be left alone for the rest of my life or at least until Saturday.
- I’m an amethyst in the rough. Not a diamond, but still pretty good.