Tough, isn’t it?
Knowing you should love yourself, but sometimes you still struggle with it. The lack of self-love is holding you back in your relationship, happiness and your health. It stops you from seeing the beauty within yourself.
Maybe you’re having a rough day today. Maybe you’re tired from not getting a good night’s sleep. Or maybe you’re just feeling off and crave a bit of inspiration.
Sometimes you give so much of yourself that you forget to put yourself first.
You make time to play with your kids. You’re there for your friends when they’re going through a tough time. You comfort your spouse after a rough day at work.
You give so much of yourself, there’s nothing left for…well… yourself. Like the farmer who sells his whole crop, leaving no seeds to yield next year’s harvest.
If that’s the case here’s a short list of self-love quotes that can remind you to be kind to yourself for times when you need it most.
Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat. ~Warsan Shire
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
People say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder. ~Salma Hayek
The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. ~Steve Maraboli
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about about yourself to make room for it in your life. ~Jean Shinoda Bolen
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. ~Rita Mae Brown
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you. ~Steve Maraboli
Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that your are. ~Mandy Hale
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. ~Mandy Hale
Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first. ~Carrie Bradshaw
I want to tell women that you need to love yourself and make yourself a priority. It’s only when you are happy yourself, can you make everyone else around you happy. I am still a dreamer and still believe in fairy tales, but there is only that much one should give another person. You need to keep something for yourself. ~Bipasha Basu
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. ~Paul Brandt
For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticize ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love. ~Geneen Roth
It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit. ~Eartha Kitt
You have to love yourself or you’ll never be able to accept compliments from anyone. ~Dean Wareham
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself. ~C. JoyBell C.
When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier. ~Diane Von Furstenberg
The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. ~C.G. Jung
Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit. ~Shannon L. Alder
What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it’s your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who’s not full of hate, who’s able to smile and be carefree. So that’s who I have to be. ~C. JoyBell C.
It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself. ~Unknown
And I said to my body. Softly. ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath. And replied ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.’ ~Nayyirah Waheed
Practicing self-love makes all the difference to oneself, and to others around us.
Putting yourself first might seem like the most selfish thing you can do. But you know what? It’s impossible to pour from an empty cup.
So fill up your cup. Print out your favorite self-love quotes and put them up where you can see them on a regular basis. In your car, office, or bathroom.
And as soon as you’re feeling unworthy or overwhelmed ask yourself: ‘What do I want to do?’ instead of ‘What should I be doing now.’ And then make the time to do it!
Why? Because sometimes being selfish is the most unselfish thing you can do.