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80 Self Care Quotes For Moms

These self care quotes for moms will inspire you to take better care of yourself.

Moms need self-care because parenting is a demanding and often exhausting job that can take a toll on their physical and emotional well-being. As a busy mom myself, I know all too well that self-care is an act of survival.

Taking care of children, managing a household, and possibly working outside the home can leave little time and energy for moms to focus on themselves.

There hardly feels like there’s enough time in a day to take care of our endless to-do lists, but a quiet moment can be a rejuvenating act of self-care.

Without self-care, moms can become overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out, which can negatively impact their relationships, mental health, and overall quality of life.

It’s so important to take care of the needs of your soul and practice acts of self love. Taking care of your body, mind, and soul allows us to do a better job at parenting. Truly, its the most important thing we can do for ourselves.

Self-care activities, such as exercise, getting enough sleep, engaging in hobbies, and taking breaks, can help moms recharge, reduce stress, and improve their mood and energy levels.

It is essential for moms to prioritize their self-care needs to maintain their health and well-being, as well as to be able to provide the best care possible for their children. Wen

If you need some quotes to remind you why self-care is important or that it is, in fact, imperative that you take time for yourself (I need this reminder all the time, too!), here are 80 self-care quotes for moms to inspire you to take care of yourself!

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80 Self Care Quotes For Moms

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown


“Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me too.'” – L.R. Knost

I love this because as moms, we matter! Do something for yourself every single day. It will make you a better person.

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” – Michelle Obama

This quote emphasizes the importance of prioritizing self-care and making it a regular part of our lives. Often, we can get so caught up in our responsibilities and caring for others that we neglect our own needs.

“Nurturing yourself is not a selfish act, it’s essential to your survival and your well-being.” – Renee Peterson Trudeau

We can’t take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves.

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“Self-care is a necessary component of a healthy, balanced life. It is not a luxury.” – Katrina Mayer

A reminder for when time seems scarce.

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia

Pour into yourself as much as you pour into others.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” – Unknown

I love this quote because it’s so true.

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

An important reminder for moms everywhere.

“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed

Say it again!

“Self-care is not a one-time event. It’s a lifelong practice.” – Unknown

This is a great perspective.

“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids. You can’t give what you don’t have.” – Unknown.

Such an important thing to remember.

“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” – Doe Zantamata

Take time to just be instead of doing brings us fresh insight and perspective.

“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.” – Unknown

Very, very true.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott

Funny, but true!

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“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day

I love this one! As if we are flowers in a field waiting for the sun.

“Time and silence are the most luxurious things today.” – Tom Ford

As moms, is this not the absolute truth?

“I think taking care of yourself is the foundation of self-care. If you can take care of yourself, you can take care of others and do anything.” – Faith Hill

By taking care of ourselves, we can better serve those around us and achieve our goals. Ultimately, investing in our own well-being is an act of self-love and empowerment.

“Taking time to be present and fully engaged in one task at a time can lead to a sense of calm and well-being.” – Mallika Chopra

I relate to this deeply.

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

Remember this when your hobbies feel like a waste of time.

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banksy


“Taking time to do what makes your soul happy is time well spent.” – Unknown.


“You are enough, you are so enough, it is unbelievable how enough you are.” – Sierra Boggess

A reminder moms everywhere need to be said to them daily.

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“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” – Donna Ball

We all know how it feels like we’re doing the most but it feels like we’ve messed everything up.

“You are not a perfect mom, and that’s okay. Your kids will still love you fiercely.” – Unknown

None of us are perfect!

“Being a mom might mean that my hands are full, but so is my heart.” – Unknown


“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

Also true.

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

And in order to be a comfort to others, we must take care of ourselves!

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

May your love for yourself be just as strong!

“The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.” – Unknown

And let that be a reason to take care of yourself!

“Your only limit is the amount of willingness you have to put yourself out there, take a risk, and go for it. Being a mom is hard, but being a mom who loves herself enough to keep going and keep trying is powerful.” – Rachel Hollis

Great quote.

“Being a mom is discovering strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.” – Sherene Simon

If this isn’t true I don’t know what is.

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

Self-love is worth the effort.

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

A reminder for moms everywhere.

“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

Self-care is an act of self-love. And it benefits everyone in your life.

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

So true.

“Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.” – Unknown

Right on.

“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

Yes! I couldn’t love this one more.

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

Nourishing our souls is a key component of self-care.

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy

A reminder of strength.

“The most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. Treat yourself as you would your most treasured possessions.” – Unknown

Absolutely. Self-care is essential!

“You are amazing just the way you are. Speak kindly to yourself, forgive yourself, and love yourself every day.” – Unknown

A gentle reminder to show yourself the same kindness and love you would give to others.

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“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed

A great reminder to make sure you’re taking care of yourself first!

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.” – Unknown

Life is too short, so take the time to invest in yourself!

“Fill your cup with positivity and happiness, and watch your life overflow with abundance.” – Unknown

When we fill our cup with love and positivity, it’s easier to take care of everyone else!

So make sure you don’t forget to show yourself some love and appreciation. You deserve it! 🙂

“Your body is your temple, and you are the master of your own universe. Take care of yourself and make your cup overflow with love and joy.” – Unknown

We all have the power to create the life we want and deserve, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself along the way.

“If your cup is empty, fill it with love and kindness. Then watch it overflow into the lives of others.” – Unknown

Yes! Taking care of ourselves is an act of kindness to ourselves and those around us.

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” – Bryant McGill

When we take care of ourselves, we’re better able to give back and help those around us.

“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people. Fill your cup and let it spill over to others.” – Unknown

Moms everywhere, don’t forget to take care of yourself first and foremost. You’re worth it!

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown

So go ahead and do something that makes your soul happy today – you won’t regret it! 🙂

“Fill your cup with love, laughter, and kindness. It will radiate from you and touch the hearts of everyone around you.” – Unknown

This one is a great reminder to put some love out into the world, and it’ll come back tenfold!

Be sure to show yourself some love today. You are worth it! 🙂

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

Make yourself a priority – today and every day.

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” – Arthur Fletcher

You are worth spending time on yourself.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Take the time to learn something new, and invest in yourself. Don’t forget – you can do anything, as long as you take care of yourself first! 🙂

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

Nourish your soul, and let that flame burn bright!

“You are the architect of your mind. Fill it with beauty and positivity.” – Unknown

Take the time to fill your mind with positive thoughts and beautiful ideas.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

I like this quote because it reminds me to use my mind as a mom and follow things that interest me.

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” – Unknown

Choose to cultivate the garden of your mind with beautiful thoughts and reap the rewards!

“The mind is everything; what you think, you become.” – Buddha

Don’t forget how powerful you are – take care of yourself first, and then look every challenge head-on!

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never a lack of those who will try to take from you what you have in your mind.” – Unknown

It is essential to be content with what you have and focus on the positives in life.

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

I like this as a reminder to have hobbies! Reading is a big one for me.

“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” – David O. McKay

Think positive thoughts, have positive outcome.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Focus on the good and watch your life blossom. Self-care is key!

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha

Our thoughts really can impact our lives so much. Thinking about self-care in a positive light can make all the difference.

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Allen

Focusing on self-care can bring about wonderful changes in your life!

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

Believe in yourself and you can achieve all your goals.

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” – Unknown

And this is why you should think positively about self-care as a mom!

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“Your thoughts are the only limits to your accomplishments.” – Unknown

I try to keep this in mind, especially when the responsibilities feel overwhelming.

“The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.” – David Cuschieri

A strong reminder of the power of your mind.

“Your thoughts shape your perception of the world. Choose them wisely.” – Unknown

The more you think your thoughts and feelings matter as a mom, the more they do!

“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of others.” – Unknown

Something we have to remember as full-time caregivers.

“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.” – Unknown

This is so true! One of my favorite quotes in this article.

“If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?” – Unknown


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“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

 While self-care often involves taking care of oneself, Angelou reminds us that helping others can also be a powerful way to nourish our souls. 

“Self-care is an act of political warfare.” – Solange Knowles

This quote highlights the importance of self-care as a way to resist and challenge societal pressures that can lead to burnout and mental health issues.

“Caring for yourself is not self-indulgent, it is self-preservation.” – Unknown

Exactly! It’s not something you’re lucky to do, it’s something you need to do.

“Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” – Unknown

I reminder myself of this often.

“Your needs are important too. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.” – Unknown

Yes, yes, and yes! Even taking deeper breaths can fulfill this particular need.

“You are worthy of love and care, especially from yourself.” – Unknown

This is so important for us all to remember – moms or not.

“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.” – Nancy Levin

The space between needing self-care and not yet having time for it.

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Here are some tips to make sure you practice self-care as a mom:

Making time for ourselves as moms is harder than it seems. My oldest son is four and I just now feel like I am able to prioritize my own self-care.

Try implementing these tips:

  1. Prioritize self-care: Schedule self-care activities into your calendar, just like you would any other appointment. Make it a non-negotiable part of your routine.
  2. Wake up earlier: Wake up an hour earlier than your family to have some quiet time to yourself. Use this time to meditate, journal, or read a book.
  3. Involve your family: Have your family help out with household chores or childcare while you take some time for yourself. It’s okay to ask for help.
  4. Set boundaries: Learn to say no to things that don’t serve you or your family. It’s important to prioritize your time and energy.
  5. Get creative: Find ways to fit self-care into your daily routine. Take a relaxing bath, listen to music or podcasts, or do a quick yoga session during nap time.
  6. Outsource tasks: Consider outsourcing tasks that take up too much of your time, like grocery shopping or cleaning, so you can have more time for yourself.
  7. Make it a group effort: Schedule regular self-care activities with friends or other moms to hold each other accountable and make it a fun group activity.

Remember, taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. By prioritizing your own needs, you’ll have more energy and be better able to take care of your family.

What are some self-care ideas for moms?

Of course, everyone’s idea of self-care is a little different, right?

For me, I like waking up in the morning and having some quiet time. I like to focus on things that matter to me like exercise, eating healthy, reading books, and working on things that fulfill me – like this blog!

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Here are some self-care ideas for moms:

  1. Take a relaxing bath: Add some Epsom salts or essential oils to your bath to help ease tension and promote relaxation.
  2. Practice yoga: Attend a yoga class or follow along with a video tutorial at home to stretch your body and calm your mind.
  3. Meditate: Spend a few minutes each day meditating to help reduce stress and increase mindfulness.
  4. Read a book: Escape into a good book for a little while to relax and recharge.
  5. Get outside: Spend some time in nature by going for a walk, hike, or bike ride. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your mood.
  6. Have a solo date: Treat yourself to a solo date, whether it’s going to a movie, getting a massage, or trying out a new restaurant.
  7. Connect with friends: Spend time with friends or other moms to socialize and feel supported.
  8. Unplug: Take a break from social media and technology to disconnect and give your mind a break.
  9. Treat yourself to a spa day: Book a massage, facial, or other spa treatment to pamper yourself.
  10. Practice gratitude: Spend a few minutes each day reflecting on what you’re grateful for to help shift your focus to the positive.

Remember, self-care is about finding what works for you and taking the time to prioritize your own well-being.

In Summary: Self-Care Quotes For Moms

The importance of self-care can truly not be overstated. At the end of the day, it’s crucial we give ourselves as much love and kindness as possible to be the best version of ourselves.

Put yourself at the top of your to-do list. Everything else in the entire universe will fall into place.

About the Author

Nicole Booz is the founder of GenTwenty and GenThirty. She is an entrepreneur, author of The Kidult Handbook, and most importantly, Mama to two beautiful little boys. She loves reading, organizing her home, and living a simple, less toxic lifestyle. You've seen her in The New York Times, TIME, Insider, Inside Edition, New York Post, NextAdvisor, Forbes, Yahoo, HuffPost, and U.S. News & World Report.