It sometimes feels like self care is just a buzz word which everyone pays lip service to but never actually follows through on. I mean, everyone is so busy with their jobs, their family, their lives. Who on earth has time for self care!
Personally, I feel that taking the time each day, even if it’s just for a few moments, to practice self care is of the utmost importance. I know that for myself as a stay at home mom of two it’s all to easy to get lost in the busyness on the day. I got stuck in that rut of feeling that everything in my life was more important that me. After all:
The kids need feeding
The house needs cleaning
Dinner needs cooking
And the list goes on
When I would collapse into bed at the end of the day, exhausted, I would be hard pressed to remember what exactly I did during the day just for me. That’s not to say that I didn’t have a good day or enjoy myself running about after the kids. It just meant that I wasn’t making my self care a priority in my life.
By making sure that I make time for myself each day I’ve put my self care back into my list of priorities. It’s often as simple as having a cup of tea which the kids are playing or napping and reading a few pages of my book. And, that little break means that I go back to my kids rejuvenated and more able to focus on their needs.
So I encourage you to find your self care ritual. It may be a morning coffee break or listening to a book while walking to work. It could be locking yourself in your bathroom, turning up the music and taking a break from your kids for 5 minutes (I may or may not have done this).
Here are some amazing quotes to encourage and inspire you to make time for self care in your life.
Self Care Quotes
“Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me, too’.” ~ L.R. Knost
“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.” ~ Banksy
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~ Audre Lorde
“You can do this, and if you can’t do it today, you’ll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure.” ~ Alisha Rai
“If you’re feeling tired and run down rest, look after yourself, the world can wait.” ~ Akiroq Brost
“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“When you can’t find your purpose in a day, make it to look after yourself.” ~ Dodie Clark
“Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.” ~ Eleanor Brown
“Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.” ~ C. Assaad
“Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable.” ~ Jackie Viramontez
“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
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brown
“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” ~ Katie Reed
“Choose, everyday, to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love.” ~ Alison Malee
“It really is ok for there to be times when you stop putting everyone else first, and just do what’s best for you.” ~ Tracey Leech