25 Self Care Quotes to Encourage the Overwhelmed and Exhausted Mother

The Best Self-Care Quotes for Overwhelmed Mothers

Self care quotes are my go‐to when I’m feeling tired, exhausted and just ready to quit this whole home‐mum‐parenting gig.

Yes, we all have days when things get rough. Motherhood isn’t easy and it sure isn’t a smooth ride. But when all is said and done, we wouldn’t have it any other way, either.

So, it’s up to us, mums, to make the most of our days and time, and remember to nurture and renew our spirits so that we can savour the seasons of babyhood and childhood.

That’s why self care quotes are SO amazing. Reading them, reflecting on them and even, writing them down in my journal takes me not more than 5 minutes, but the simple act gives me the encouragement and intention to be calmer, more centered, more in control of who I am and what I feel.

That’s why as we get ready to kick off the Finlee and Me 30 Days, 30 Ways for Mothers: Take Care of Yourself Challenge,  {join us, it’s FREE!} I want to share 25 of my favourite self‐care quotes to help encourage you when the days are tough, the nights sleepless and the weeks filled with laundry and dishes.

How to Use these Quotes:

Read them once. Then, read them again.

Copy {yes, for once, copying is perfectly fine;)} the ones that really resonate with you into a Word file on your laptop or write them down in your diary or planner.

From the ones you’ve copied down, pick 1‐2 that you really relate to and that spark a little fire inside you. You’ll know it when you read them. You’ll feel it. Memorise those 1‐2 or actually write them down on Post‐Its or index cards and place them where you can see them easily. The refrigerator and my desk are my faves.

Whenever you feel your spirits flagging, your energy levels slumping, your soul singing a tuneless song, reading and remembering these quotes will inspire you to press pause and notice the good, the bright, the happy and the life around you.

They’ll inspire you to relax a little, let go of some and embrace the messiness that makes memories of a lifetime. And that, for me, mamas is a wonderfully simple way to nurture my self when life’s too crazy to think of anything else. 😉

The Best Self Care Quotes to Encourage the Overwhelmed and Exhausted Mother

1. “Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.” – Deborah Day

2. ”Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

3. “To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor

4. “Do something everyday that is loving towards your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.”~Golda Poretsky

5. “Being extremely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”~Sigmund Freud

6. “The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself.” –Bryant McGillns

7. “You are in a much better position to serve others when your basic needs are met and your “tank is full”. Michael Hyatt

8. “The Self Care Formula is simple. It is NITO(5R)…that is Nutrients In and Toxins Out in the 5 Realms the body works in (Mental, Emotional, Physical, Environmental and Spiritual). Unfortunately, we are doing TINO(5R) that is toxins in and nutrients out.” ~Nina Leavins

9. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water”~ Benjamin Franklin

10. “Self‐compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer

11. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

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

The Best Self-Care Quotes for Overwhelmed Mothers

13. “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

14. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

15. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

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

17. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou

18. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare 

20. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” — Gautama Buddha

21. “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

22. “Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.” – Thaddeus Golas

23. “Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.” – Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (SARK)

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

25. “You can’t take care of anyone else unless you first take care of yourself.” – Michael Hyatt

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