17 Self Care Quotes for Every Phase of Your Self Care Journey

At Inner Workout, we define self care as listening within and responding in the most loving way possible. By that definition, your self care journey will always be evolving and unfolding. 

Every life transition offers an invitation for you to pause and ask, “What does self care mean to me in this new season of life?” 

You don’t have to reflect on your own. You can seek the support of your community, use a resource like the Take Care Assessment, or learn from those who have walked similar paths. 

We’ve compiled self care quotes from some of our favorite artists, leaders and thinkers who share the wisdom they’ve learned on their personal journey. Scroll through for words of encouragement from people like adrienne maree brown, Michelle Obama, and Chani Nicholas. 

Whether you’re in a season of joy, grief, or busyness, you’ll find a self care quote for you. Your ability to listen to and to love yourself will get you good times and bad.  

On seasons

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

Willa Cather

On directing your attention

Even when we can’t control the situation around us, we can always choose where we’re directing our attention. 

Liz Stanley, PhD

On rest

Your system needs more rest than you think it does. Whatever you find restorative, do a lot of. 

Chani Nicholas

On being busy

I lied and said I was busy.
I was busy;
but not in a way most people understand.

I was busy taking deeper breaths.
I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.
I was busy calming a racing heart.
I was busy telling myself I am okay.
Sometimes, this is my busy
– and I will not apologize for it.

Brittin Oakman

On talking to your body

Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. 

Jada Pinkett Smith

On being yourself

I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. 

Viola Davis

On the goodness of your body

Your body is good. That’s it, no stipulations or requirements. Your body in all its essence, is good. 

Arielle Estoria

On health

Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters—on how we feel and how we feel about ourselves.

Michelle Obama

On wholeness

The challenge is not to be perfectit is to be whole. 

Jane Fonda

On loving yourself

‘I love myself.’
the quietest.

Nayyirah Waheed

On self-care

Self-care is one of the active ways that I love myself.

When you can and as you can, in ways that feel loving, make time and space for yourself.

Tracee Ellis Ross

On grief

Remember you are water. Of course you leave salt trails. Of course you are crying.


P.S. If there happens to be a multitude of griefs upon you, individual and collective, or fast and slow, or small and large, add equal parts of these considerations:

– that the broken heart can cover more territory
– that perhaps love can only be as large grief demands.
– that grief is the growing up of the heart that bursts boundaries like and old skin or a finished life.
– that grief is gratitude
– that water seeks scale, that even your tears seek the recognition of community.
– that the heart is a front line and the fight is to feel in a world of distraction.

adrienne maree brown

On slowness

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

John O’Donohue

On becoming

Everything that you want to be you already are, and you are simply on the path of discovering it.

Alicia Keys

On being your own best friend

If we treated ourselves as we treated our best friend, can you imagine?

Meghan Markle

On joy

I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.

Lupita Nyong’o

On being human

When life feels hard, it isn’t because you’re failing; it’s because you’re human.

Lisa Olivera