31 Wellness Quotes To Remind You To Take Care Of Yourself

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With the hustle and bustle that is our daily lives, it’s all too easy to forget about the small — but very essential! — things we need to take care of ourselves. We tend to push our own needs aside, but these wellness quotes will remind you that you always come first.

Whether it's eating what’s right for you, doing something enjoyable, or even just being kind to yourself, you must remember that there is always time for us to take care of yourself. Because if you don’t, then there is no life to live anyway! 

You have to remember to prioritize yourself and not ignore yourself for the sake of being there for others — that doesn’t help anyone involved. When you are at your best, your contributions to the world instantly become better too.

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I know that this is much easier said than done, but these wellness quotes to remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself.

1. "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." — Audre Lorde

You are not selfish for taking care of yourself, it makes you stronger.

2. “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 for escape." — Bell Hooks

Don't forget to allow yourself some me-time.

3. “Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace." — Nikki Rowe

Meditation will bring you solace.

4. “What are you doing to nurture yourself? What are you doing to protect yourself? Find a healthy way to express your pain." — Christina Enevoldsen

Bottling up your pain only leads to suffering, expressing it leads to growth.

5. “Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily." — Tia Walker

Be nice to yourself.

6. “Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax." — Matt Haig

Take a beat, refresh, you'll be better after you take care of yourself.

7. “If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won't like you. It may not be easy, but it's essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs." — Cheryl Richardson

You can't please everyone. Live for yourself.

8. “Being tested is part of the journey. Giving up, and letting go, is not." — Alex Elle

Keep fighting through hardship.

9. “I don’t always win each match but I will always get up off the mat, doing all that I can to live mentally well.” — Kevin Hines

Happiness isn’t the absence of anguish, but the resilience to it.

10. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” — Helen Keller

Allow the light in and it will empower you.

11. “Just because you take breaks doesn't mean you're broken." — Curtis Tyrone Jones

It actually prevents you from breaking.

12. “Self-care has become a new priority — the revelation that it's perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs." — Frances Ryan

Taking care of your body takes care of your mind and soul.

13. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” — Oscar Wilde

You are always with yourself, so accept who are.

14. “It's more than a bath; it's a transformative experience. You're searching for buoyancy in the soul, and spring in your step." — Amy Leigh Mercree

Baths cleanse every nook and cranny of your body and spirit.

15. “Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.” — Malcolm Forbes

Stop comparing yourself to everyone, they haven’t been through what you have.

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16. “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." — Akiroq Brost

Taking time to care for yourself is too often overlooked.

17. “Have patience with all things but first with yourself." — Saint Francis de Sales

Don't beat yourself up; treat yourself with kindness.

18. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter

You’re a culmination of many things.

19. “Don't aim for perfection. Aim for 'better than yesterday.'" — Izey Victoria Odiase

Perfection is unattainable, but progress is ever growing.

20. “Concentrate on improving your life. One situation at a time; you can't be much good to others, if you're not good to yourself." — Carlos Wallace

Don't break yourself trying to hold up others.

21. “It is no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are ‘heal.’” — Ed Northstrum

We all get hurt, and we all can heal.

22. “Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace." — Izey Victoria Odiase

You'll always have peace if you actively seek it.

23. “Sometimes it's best for you to step back from it all and heal your stress in order to be in tip-top shape to get back into the fight." — Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Don't exhaust yourself.

24. “Your body is your most priceless possession...so go take care of it!” — Jack Lalanne

You only get one body.

25. “The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve.” — Charles F. Glassman

What is good for the mind is good for the body.

26. “The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.” — Greg Anderson

Take care of every part of you.

27. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha

The past is done, and the future you can’t predict.

28. “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” — A.J. Reb Materi

Find a balance, and you’ll never have to compensate.

29. “Self-care seeks to redress an imbalance that develops when you don't take proper care of yourself, whether by inattention or by choice." — Arin Murphy-Hiscock

It's never too late to find your inner balance.

30. “Your self-care is your superpower, cultivate the heck out of it — love yourself up." — Anese Cavanaugh

Superman wouldn't ignore his ability to fly.

31. “I go to yoga to tend my own garden." — Ashley Asti

Yoga exercises and grows the body and the mind.

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Colleen Fogarty is a writer who covers self-care, astrology, and relationship topics.