We all need a reminder sometimes to take care of ourselves first. It can be so easy to get caught up in our work, family obligations, and other commitments that we forget about showing up for ourselves. I’m here to remind you that it’s just as important (if not more) to carve out time for yourself and fill your cup back up. To help inspire you on this journey, I have compiled 50 inspiring quotes from authors, entrepreneurs, and leaders around the world who understand the importance of self-care.

Fill Your Cup Quotes

These inspiring “fill your cup” quotes will give you the motivation you need to take a break, slow down, and take care of yourself.

  • Fill our own cup first and feed everyone else from the overflow. We must first nurture and fill our own cup with the sweet nectar of self-love, self-nurture, and self-care. — Diane Johnson
  • Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. — Eleanor Brown
  • When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again. — Sarah Addison Allen
  • Making yourself a priority is like sprinkling golden dust of richest blessings on your life. — Hiral Nagda
  • 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
  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. — Etty Hillesum
  • Fill your cup with love and gratitude, and pour it out for all to see. — Akiroq Brost
  • Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch. — Parker Palmer
  • With every sunrise, you get a new opportunity to fill the cup of your life with anything that makes your life worth living. — Unknown
  • Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break. — Akiroq Brost
  • Your job is to fill your own cup so it overflows. Then you can serve others joyfully from your saucer. — Lisa Nicholas
  • One of the greatest burdens of leadership is embracing the need for self-care. — Guy T. Simpson Jr.
  • Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. — Audre Lorde
  • Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can. — Unknown
  • Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax. — Matt Haig
  • As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep. — Akiroq Brost
  • Your cup will remain empty until you choose to fill it up yourself. — Unknown
  • Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs. — Russell Eric Dobda
  • You have to fill your cup. You then give away the overflowing, but you keep a cupful for yourself. — Wynonna Judd
  • Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift ourselves with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health—body, mind, and spirit. ― Laurie Buchanan

  • Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. — Ralph Marston
  • 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
  • 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
  • Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day, and the rest will fall into place. — Unknown
  • There is no better time than right now to feel good about yourself. — Unknown
  • Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. — Deepak Chopra
  • Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable. — Jackie Viramontez

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Fill Your Cup First Quotes

Showing up for yourself isn’t selfish. It’s a vital part of maintaining your physical and mental health, which in turn benefits those around you. If you’re in need of some inspiration to fill up your cup, look no further than these quotes about filling your own cup that celebrate self-care and self-love.

  • We all have to start with ourselves. It is time to walk the talk. Take the journey of making very difficult decisions. Start removing things from your life that are not filling your cup and adding things that bring joy in to your life. — Lisa Hammond
  • 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
  • Believing you’re unworthy of love and belonging – that’s like being in a hole. Digging deeper only makes it worse. You have to climb out. — Brené Brown
  • Fill your cup and your life with love… for what you put in will certainly come back to you. — Unknown
  • Sometimes taking a moment to do ‘nothing’ is the best ‘something’ that we can do. — Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me, too.’ — L.R. Knost
  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. — Anne Lamott
  • The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. — Unknown
  • You can’t take care of anyone else unless you first take care of yourself. ― Michael Hyatt
  • Did you know you’re supposed to be your own cheerleader? Sometimes we forget to celebrate all we have achieved so far.  — Unknown
  • You don’t have anything to give that you don’t have. So you have to keep your own self-full. That’s your job! – Oprah Winfrey
  • Your cup is empty because you poured out more than you poured in. — Unknown
  • Remember to fill your cup first, so you can shine your light fully. That is how we serve best. — Unknown
  • We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. – Ray Bradbury
  • Keep filling your cup of self-love. It’s very essential to feel peace when you close your eyes.  — Jessica Collins
  • Fill your cup first, and then you can give from a place of abundance. — Unknown
  • I will start Filling my own cup, Being my own muse, Knowing my own worth, Loving my own skin, Validating my own journey, Speaking my own truth, Enjoying my own company, Extending my own energy, Creating my own paradise. — Unknown
  • You can find balance even in the midst of chaos by filling your own cup first.  — Hayley Hobson
  • If you want your glass filled, you have to go where they are pouring. – Pete Cawthon
  • If you don’t fill your own cup, other people will drain you dry. – Oprah Winfrey
  • I am choosing happiness over suffering. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. — Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Fill your cup with right thoughts and see your mind blooming with happiness.

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Final Thoughts

With these inspiring quotes reminding us to take care of ourselves, we hope you feel motivated to fill your own cup. Whether that means taking a break, relaxing, practicing yoga, or going for a walk, remember that by filling your own cup, you’ll be better equipped to tackle everything else that comes your way. So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, take some time to recite one of these quotes to yourself and remind yourself that you’re worth taking care of too.

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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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