In our hectic world, it is normal to get wrapped up in the demands of careers, parenting and checking things off the eternal to-do list. But, the busyness of life can crowd out one important aspect of happiness and well being. Self-care, and the nurturing of your own body, mind and soul, should be a part of each day. Let these quotes inspire you to become attuned to your own needs and to take better care of yourself.

“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 everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” – Dalai Lama

The day-to-day routine of caring for other and meeting life’s demands can be wearing on the mind, body and soul.  This makes self-care even more important. If we overlook, or don’t take time, to nurture ourselves, not only do we risk our own health and happiness, we will eventually loose the ability to care for those who need us.

“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment of your life.” – Steve Maraboli

It’s temping to speed through life and to rush through moments in order to get to the next thing that needs to be done. Instead, slow down and allow yourself to savor each experience and delight in happy moments. The small moments of happiness are the most important things in life and will carry you through the tough times.

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

Self-care is an ongoing process. Rather than pushing through until your reserves are depleted, nurture yourself each day to keep your spirit strong. Daily self-care does not need to be time-consuming or expensive. A small daily investment in yourself is enough to make a significant difference in your health and happiness.

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to yourself that you would give to others.” – Christopher Germer

Don’t withhold from yourself the same love, nurturing and tenderness that you would give to those around you. Invest in yourself by giving yourself the pampering and kindness that you want for those you care for most.