Looking for self-care quotes to help you through a rough patch? Here are some tips from celebrities on how you can start prioritizing yourself.
In this article:
- James Altucher
- Michelle Obama
- Emilia Clarke
- Jonathan Van Ness
- Diane Von Furstenberg
- Oprah Winfrey
- Sepideh Moafi
- Astrid Swan
- David Beckham
- Katy Perry
- Kirsten Bell
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
- Mandy Moore
Self-Care Quotes and Tips | 9 Self-Care Ideas From Famous People
1. “Be you” – James Altucher
One of the rules of happiness and practicing self-care is to be yourself, but how exactly do you do that if you’re not sure of who you are? In an interview for his podcast The James Altucher Show, Altucher sought to find the answer to this with author Gretchen Rubin.
In their discussion, Altucher and Rubin talk about the phenomenon of people seemingly “outsourcing” their personalities to others. This means you do things you think you like or make you happy just because the people around you do.
In the end, this won’t make you happy, and it’s just a waste of time. If you want to practice self-care and be happier, here are two tips from Altucher and Rubin:
- Do things you don’t like doing less — Make a list of things you don’t enjoy, then avoid doing them.
- Do more of the things you like doing — If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, now’s the time to do it.
2. “Sometimes I give myself a break” – Michelle Obama
When asked what kind of self-talk she uses to boost her confidence, the former First Lady replied that she gives herself a break. She steps back and avoids letting her initial thoughts and reaction take over the situation.
According to Obama, her first reaction can’t be used to make the decision. She also mentions venting and asking for the advice of people she trusts before returning to the issue at hand.
3. “Bathtime is a ritual” – Emilia Clarke
For actress Emilia Clarke, even something as simple as bath time can be a form of self-care. In an interview with the beauty website Violet Grey, she says that if she could, she’d stay in the bath for three hours.
You, too, can use bathtime as a form of relaxation by following some of Clarke’s tips on how to have a great bath:
- Set the right temperature. This varies from person-to-person, so take the time to figure out what the right temperature is for you.
- Don’t scrimp on good bath salts and bath oils. Clarke prefers this over bubble baths, which, she says, makes her feel like a kid.
4. “Maybe go outside for a few and feel the sunshine, or do a gorgeous mask, maybe treat yourself to the shoe you’ve been wanting.” – Jonathan Van Ness
For 2018 International Self-Care Day, grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness did a special post on Instagram to celebrate the day. According to him, since he’s always rushing around and trying to solve problems every day, so he has to remind himself to practice self-care daily.
For Van Ness, this means treating yourself — whether through retail therapy, a relaxing face mask, or even just going outside to enjoy the sunshine. Life is full of simple pleasures, and when the going gets rough, there’s nothing wrong with doing something that makes you happy.
5. “I drink a lot of water, try to eat well and use peeling masks. I also try not to expose myself to direct sunlight.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
In an article for The Guardian titled “What I See in the Mirror,” famed fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg talked about loving yourself, particularly as you age.
According to her, it’s not always easy to love who you see in the mirror. As you become older, you realize what’s inside is more important than what’s outside.
But as much as she loves who she is, she still follows a beauty regimen to take care of herself. Here are some of her tips:
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight.
- Eat healthily.
6. “And I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal—a day when I do absolutely nothing” – Oprah Winfrey
In a blog for Oprah.com called “How Oprah Knows About Self-Care,” media tycoon Oprah Winfrey shares some of her tips for self-care. These include:
- Set one day (Sundays for her) when you can relax. This doesn’t mean doing literally nothing — you can take a walk or do something else as long as you’re doing it for you.
- Eat well. Winfrey avoids sugar and caffeine because she doesn’t like the feeling of having a sugar high or caffeine rush, then have it crash.
- Diet-wise, she’s also learned to be more attuned to her body. Her body can predict when she’s supposed to eat and she just follows it.
7. “First thing I do when I wake up is read something that’ll wiggle my senses, usually a poem” – Sepideh Moafi
Actress Sepideh Moafi believes that health comes from finding the balance between your physical, emotional, mental wellbeing. In an interview with the wellness website Self, she admits she hasn’t mastered this yet, but she does certain activities to keep her body, mind, and soul in harmony.
Here are some of the things she does to achieve this balance:
- Body — An exercise buff, Moafi works out in the mornings. While she also joins fitness classes, her true passion is Argentinian tango.
- Mind and Soul — Even with a busy schedule, Moafi makes time to hone her creativity. This includes watching the news and listening to music.
8. “The first thing I do when the alarm goes off is smile” – Astrid Swan
Positivity goes a long way, especially if you start your day with it. Fitness coach Astrid Swan may be known for her workouts, but the first thing she does every morning isn’t actually physically-demanding — she smiles.
In an interview with Self, Swan says that she does it because it releases the so-called happy chemicals (serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.) She says smiling also makes you more attractive.
With all of the responsibilities and problems that need solving daily, it’s essential to carve time out of the day to take care of yourself. We hope these self-care quotes would inspire you to step back, relax, and take care of yourself once in a while.
9. “For me, grooming is not only about how you look, but how you feel” – David Beckham
Self-care is for men, too! This is what former athlete David Beckham wants to tell everyone when he launched his grooming line.
According to him, grooming isn’t just about what’s on the outside. It’s also about being comfortable with going out of your comfort zone so you can find your next look.
Whether you’re a fan of meditation, retail therapy, or sweating it out at the gym, take small steps to treat yourself. Even simple steps can do wonders if you’re feeling exhausted or burned out.
How do you practice self-care? Share your self-care activities with us in the comments section below.
10. “I’ve got to take 20 minutes for myself to meditate … it shifts my whole mood. I find this inner joy again.” – Katy Perry
Take it from the queen of modern pop — a few minutes of introspective meditation improves your whole day. It doesn’t matter when you do it. It could be just after you wake up, or just before bed, or both! No matter when, it is proven to have a vast range of benefits, including:
- Stress reduction
- Anxiety control
- Increased kindness
- Enhanced problem-solving
- Better sleep
- Lengthened attention span
- Less memory loss
Meditation offers more benefits too numerous to mention here.
11. “Take a CBD tincture every day.” – Kirsten Bell
Now that cannabis use (either medical or recreational) is legal in most of the US, celebs like Kirsten Bell are trumpeting its benefits.
Cannabis has been shown time and time again to help with:
- Weight loss
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory diseases
- Cancer prevention
- Alzheimer’s prevention
- Much more
And it has very few side effects.
It is basically the part of the cannabis plant that does not make you feel intoxicated for those unfamiliar with CBD. So it offers health benefits without the mood-altering effects.
Obviously, this tip is only applicable to those who live in locations where CBD use is legal.
12. “Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Rock has spoken publicly about the depression he used to have, and he had commented that it was a huge breakthrough when he realized he was not alone in his feelings. In fact, he expounded, pretty much everyone goes through periods of great sadness. And because of that, everyone can sympathize.
“You’re not the first to go through it,” Johnson said. “You’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes—it happens—you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.'”
This is an important self-care tip to remember if you ever find yourself going through hard times.
13. “There’s something that’s innately healing about feeling connected to the ground—feeling grounded, literally, to the world around you.” – Mandy Moore
Moore reminds us that it’s vital for humans to connect with nature every now and then. Not doing so is… well, unnatural. So she says she goes hiking a lot and makes sure to take in nature all around her.
Countless studies are reaffirming the close ties between being out in the wilderness with human health. They’re compelling reasons to add a 30-minute detour on a forest pathway into your daily routine.