Prioritizing ourselves is so important, but it’s something that we often put on the back burner. We’re all guilty of it! But, we must take care of ourselves first and foremost to be our best selves for those around us. That’s why I’ve gathered up 40 prioritize yourself quotes to help you remember that you matter. Take a few minutes every day to read one of these quotes and allow the message to sink in. Let the power of these words help motivate you to make time for yourself and treat yourself kindly.

Prioritize Yourself Quotes

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling to find time for yourself, these quotes will inspire you to prioritize yourself.

  • When you prioritize yourself, everything else will fall into its place. – Rachel Jo
  • If you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first. A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others. – Emily Maroutian
  • If you feel the need to make others happy at the expense or your own self-worth, you are denying your reality and your identity. – David Stafford
  • Real change will come when you focus on yourself. ― Ritu Ghatourey
  • When you care for yourself first, the world will also find you worthy of care. ― Haemin Sunim
  • You should endeavor to give your body what it needs to be healthy, your mind what it needs to be peaceful and focused, and your soul what it needs to feel content. – Dedeker Winston
  • Evaluate your needs. What are they? Are they being met? If not, how can you meet your needs? Look after yourself and your needs before you try and look after others and their needs. You’ll be a lot more effective in whatever you do. – Akiroq Brost
  • Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate life. – Amit Ray
  • The only one you should compare yourself to is you. Your mission is to become better today than you were yesterday. You do that by focusing on what you can do today to improve and grow. – John Maxwell
  • You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha
  • Just look at yourself in the mirror and focus on what you need to do to get better.  – Choo Freeman
  • The more you focus on yourself, the less you care about…[the stuff] around you. – Nitin Namdeo
  •  When you shift your attention to yourself, there are countless opportunities to explore. – Nitin Namdeo

Prioritizing yourself quotes

  • You don’t need to live to fulfill others’ expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself, and do not let them tell you that it is selfish. – Mridula Singh

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Put Yourself First Quotes

I’ve also gathered the most inspiring quotes about putting yourself first! Whether you’re looking for a reminder to take care of yourself or some words of encouragement, these quotes will help you remember that your well-being should always come first.

  • It’s not selfish, but selfless to be first, to be as good as possible to you, to take care of you, to keep you whole and healthy, that doesn’t mean that you disregard everything and everyone, but you gotta keep your cup full.
    Iyanla Vanzant
  • Find yourself first, like yourself first, love yourself FIRST, & friendship & love will naturally find YOU. – Mandy Hale
  • Always putting others first creates deep resentment, destroys your happiness, and is unsustainable. – Aziz Gazipura
  • You have to be self-interested in order to be selfless. You have to put yourself first if you want to be of use to other people. – Rachel Bartholomew
  • To gain self-respect, you need to put yourself first. – Lorii Myers
  • Don’t wait for a crisis to realize what matters most. Put yourself first right now. Because right now is all we have. – Brittany Burgunder
  • If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself. – Gabrielle Union
  • If you are really humble, you will put yourself first when you need to take care of yourself. – Bryant McGill
  • Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise Hay
  • Whenever you feel compelled to put others first at the expense of yourself, you are denying your own reality, your own identity. – David Stafford
  • People pleasing and putting others first literally diminished my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Overwhelmingly, most emotionally wounded people demonstrate this trait. Many of us have been programmed to put others first; to be of service to others before we serve ourselves. ― Christopher 
  • There is enough time for self-care. There is not enough time to make up for the life you’ll miss by not filling yourself up. — Jennifer Williamson

Put yourself first quotes

  • Always choose yourself first. Women are very socialized to choose other people. If you put yourself first, it’s this incredible path you can forge for yourself. – Rebecca Traister

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Make Yourself a Priority Quotes

Making yourself a priority is one of the best things you can do for your overall happiness and well-being. These quotes will inspire you to take time and focus on yourself every day.

  • Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. – M. Scott Peck
  • When you start loving yourself and respecting your time and energy, things will change. Get to know your worth, and your value will go up. – Germany Kent
  • Value yourself first, and only then can you learn to value others. – Charlyn Khater
  • Self-sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed. – Ayn Rand
  • Giving yourself a hug is the best act of kindness you could give to the world. Loving yourself first is the best way to spread love.― Holly Bourne
  • Know what matters most to you and be unwilling to compromise those priorities at almost any price. – Frank Sonnenberg
  • We can’t be all things to all people because we are everything to ourselves. – Akiroq Brost
  • As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve. – Suzanne Collins
  • You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically – to say NO to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger YES burning inside.
    Stephen Covey
  • Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day, and the rest will fall into place. — Unknown
  • 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
  • Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break. ― Akiroq Brost

Make yourself a priority quotes

  • Choose to put yourself first and make yourself a priority. It’s not selfish; it’s necessary. – Keysha Jade


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Final Thoughts

Take a step back, and remember that you are worth it. You are worth your time, your energy, and your focus. Prioritize yourself in order to live the life you want. The best way to change the world is by starting with yourself. When we make ourselves a priority, everything else seems to fall into place. Start small if that’s what it takes – begin with five minutes of “me time” each day or do something that makes you happy every week. The most important thing is that you start somewhere and stick with it. Let these quotes be your reminder that when you take care of yourself, the world becomes a much better place.

What is one thing you can do today to put yourself first?

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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