I want to quash the belief that self-care is somehow selfish. I've seen in my own life how this couldn't be further from the truth. 

Whenever we put ourselves at the bottom of the pile (rather than the top), we end up in trouble. That's true in all relationships: family, motherhood, friendship, business. Because we end up emptying the well and then what have we got to give? Nothing. 

Here are my favourite quotes to help remind us that self-care is a necessity not a luxury!

  1. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” ~ Christopher Germer

  2. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ~ Steve Maraboli

  3. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball

  4. “You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.” ~ Unknown

  5. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  6. "Saying no can be the ultimate self-care" ~ Claudia Black

  7. “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?”~ Rumi

  8. “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 others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” ~ Parker J. Palmer

  9. “When the body is in trouble, we must find and eliminate the cause, not medicate the symptom” ~ Nina Leavins

  10. “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama

  11. "When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” ~ Kristin Neff

  12. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” ~Mandy Hale