“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

When we practice self-care, we are not only helping ourselves, but we are also helping others as well. A variety of studies have found that self-care provides these benefits:

  1. Increased productivity because we learn to “say no” to the unimportant items and focus on what truly matters
  2. Decrease in stress and anxiety
  3. Improvement in our immunity and overall health
  4. Better understanding of what makes us “tick” because we are taking time to try different things
  5. Increased positive thinking and gratitude.
  6. Enhanced self esteem due
  7. Better physical health

Now that we know why self-care is important, here is how to use quotes:

  • You can use them as positive affirmations and mirror work (reading them out to yourself in front of a mirror).
  • You can use them as motivation (when you feel stuck or low).
  • You can use them as a daily reminder of how awesome you are (Yes!)
  • You can use them to draw courage and strength from people who you admire. It’s like receiving a boost from your favorite people that you can take along with you anywhere.
Beliefs & Beauty
  1. “Understand who you are and be that person. Don’t try to be somebody else,” he says. “And this goes for how we dress and our living space. It will never ever, ever fail you.” – Tim Gunn
  2. “If you believe that you’re beautiful and that you’re powerful, that’s what you exude. Deciding some really positive things about yourself is powerfully important.” – Shonda Rhimes
  3. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown
  4. “I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.” – Kristen Neff
  5. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” – Sophia Loren
  6. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”– John Steinbeck

Life-style choices

  1. Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude.” – THICH NHAT HANH
  2. “Choosing joy is a completely active choice. It doesn’t just happen. You can’t just say, ‘I want to be happy.’ You have to take action.” – RuPaul
  3. “I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal—a day when I do absolutely nothing. I sit in my jammies or take a walk, and I allow myself time to BE— capital B-E—with myself.” – Oprah Winfrey
  4. “I always try to remember that I’ll be the best me I can be if I prioritize myself” – Michelle Obama

Transformation

  1. “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” – Roy T. Bennett
  2. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey
  3. “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.” – Kim McMillen
  4. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay
  6. “How do you define ‘taking care of yourself’? Create a new self-care practice today. Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself. Discomfort is a wise teacher.”– Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso

Life-lessons

  1. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder
  2. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou
  3. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde
  4. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
  5. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris

Body

  1. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley
  2. “I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.” – Queen Latifah
  3. “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.” – Carrie-Anne Moss
  4. “You are not simply the sum total of the genes you were born with. You are the user and controller of your genes, the author of your biological story. No prospect in self-care is more exciting.” Deepak Chopra and Dr Rudolph Tanzi

Purpose

 

  1. “There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”- Garson Kanin
  2. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Theresa
  3. “How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence or at the disadvantage of anyone?” – Buckminster Fuller
  4. “For years I’ve wanted to live according to everyone else’s morals. I’ve forced myself to live like everyone else, to look like everyone else. I said what was necessary to join together, even when I felt separate. And after all of this, catastrophe came. A single point of desperation. Now I wander amid the debris, I am lawless, torn to pieces, alone and accepting to be so, resigned to my singularity and to my infirmities. And I must rebuild a new truth – after having lived all of my life in a sort of lie” – Albert Camus
  5. The meaning and the purpose behind some events are unknowable. This is the ultimate test of our faith. We must trust that everyone in life is here to learn different lessons at different times, that good and bad experiences are only the perceptions of man. After all, some of your worst experiences have truly been your best. They’ve sculpted you, trained you, developed within you a sensitivity and set you in a direction that reaches out to impact your ultimate destiny.- Tony Robbins

Summary

Quotes can be the mantras of our day, our week, our month or year. A mantra is like a prayer that is repeated multiple times throughout a certain time.

Call to embodiment

Write the quotes that resonated with you the most on a piece of paper or card and place them somewhere in your living environment where you know you’ll see them. Taking the time to write them yourself instead of buying manufactured quotes connects you with the content on a subconscious level. Use one at a time until you have fully integrated its wisdom, or use multiple quotes at the same time. The most important thing is: use them.

References

Systematic reviews
Why self-care should be your #1 priority
Why quotes motivate us

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by Joel Brown - Your mind is medicine