Words that teach you ‘self-care’. #writebravely

Words that teach you ‘self-care’. #writebravely

Have you noticed how we  come across quotes that give answers to our questions precisely when we need them? They seem like the North Star, guiding the traveller who has lost his way in the dark and fears tripping over a rocky path. These precious pearls of wisdom often change the way we look at life, face our fears or grieve  our loss.

The past few months were  life-changing for me in many ways. I lost my pet – yeah, that is life- changing, especially when you depended on that soul for emotional strength for almost 13 years! Dealing with the void he left, dealing with a  low self-esteem brought about by the realisation that everyone around me were way ahead in “the race” – all of it was gnawing at me, torturing my soul in a way I just couldn’t express.

It was during this time that I came across these precious words that seemed to show me the way out of the dark abyss I found myself in.  They taught me about love and loss, about life and people, about moments that become memories to cherish. But, most of all, they taught me to be kind towards myself and give myself the love that so deserve.

I repeat these words to myself each time I catch myself slipping back into the abyss, when my thoughts overpower me and good sense fails to prevail! In fact, I often begin my days with some of these words that now feel like the Gospel!

Sharing here some of my favourite quotes that have helped me shine the spotlight on myself and soak in some much-needed self-love.

We often judge ourselves a bit too harshly, isn’t it? In fact, we judge ourselves. Isn’t that a greater sin? That niggling voice that keeps us forever on an edge; which hisses at us the moment we give ourselves some leeway. It is this voice that we need to shut up, forever. Why do we encourage it? Why do we even pay heed to its demands, its ruthless comparisons, its constant torture that can wreak havoc on our mental well-being?

Do you know that treating ourselves a bit more kindly is the least we can do for our soul? Why, then, is it so difficult for us to give ourselves some consideration, show some empathy, and a bit of love? It’s we who will be seeing ourselves through every storm that we face in life. Won’t we?

The moment that was, is never going to return. The moment that will be, is but  a mirage. So, why not live in this moment and make the most of it?  Do we even have an inkling about what the next moment might bring along with it? Let us learn to live in the here and the now.  Let Life bring with Her whatever She wishes; let’s just be present in this moment and  revel in it. It will sure relieve the mind of all the torture we subject it to by over-thinking about all that doesn’t even exist!

And,  this quote  is one that I diligently follow. Yes, there are times when I let it slip, but the Universe finds ways to remind me about it and get me back on track! This is the only life we have, why not make the most of it?

No dream is frivolous if it is about doing something to make ourselves happy!

No dream is too big or too small if you have it in you to follow your heart and fulfil that dream. If you think it’s what’s going to make you happy, then, well, just go for it!

You may not know if your plans come to fruition, but at least you will be happy you did your best!

Reach out for that happiness, if it’s all that your life depends on.

Life isn’t long; it’s, in fact, riddled with uncertainties. So, why not use this moment to reach out to that little dream that stands to make you happiest? Just go for it!

These are some of the quotes I inspire myself with. There are some more which I will share some other time. For now, though, it’s just learning to focus on the ‘SELF’ – the most neglected part of our lives!

What are the quotes that motivate you? Do share with me, I would love to know.






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35 thoughts on “Words that teach you ‘self-care’. #writebravely

  1. I believe that the Universe keeps an eye out for all of us, just in case. It may seem coincidence but how else can we explain the timely solutions that we stumble upon when there was no chance of it. Those are some precious gems you shared, Shilpa. Be good to yourself, take care of yourself, I tell that to myself. I need to pay attention it now. 🙂

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  2. Shilpa, love your quotes. I had read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, when I was going through tough emotional times. It too talks about loving yourself first. Living in the present moment, my dad taught me that one. There are many more quotes I like and use as affirmations when I feel like giving up. I wrote a quote for my blog and am sharing it here – We live because we remember. Memories are precious, treasure them.

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    1. That’s beautiful, and something to be remembered always, Sulekha!
      Memories are precious…treasure them. That’s something I always do. Treasure all the beautiful memories, like pieces of precious jewels! ❤
      Thank you so much for sharing your personal favourite! ❤


  3. I love these self-affirmations. It is very important to take care of ourselves, and I think on some level we all know this, yet more often than not we neglect it. Sad, but true state of affairs.

    However, in my case, I have gotten better at this, better at taking time outs for myself, better at giving myself some grace, better at just being at peace with myself. And that makes it easier to deal with everything and everyone else.

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  4. Yes, have come across some amazing quotes when I needed to read them the most. I like the positivity and the sense of direction these few words give me. I love John Lennon’s quote , Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. This quote has helped me have patience and focus in some trying times.

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  5. Oh this is such an inspiring post Shilpa! Wonderful and true. I just love the quote “live in the moment.” It is really important to remember and respect the importance of the moment, life is too unpredictable, not to. Beautiful post 🙂

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  6. Loved all those quotes. The simple ones are the ones that strike the chord in the right way. Happiness, self-love, and self-belief are all in our hands and hearts. We may not be the best but we are who we are. I believe in positive thoughts attracting positivity in life. See how your birdie came to love you 🙂

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  7. The third quote in the post speaks to me. If there is something which makes me happy, I will do it. Or even the other way round – if something is not going to make me happy, I am not going to do it, at any cost. I may still go ahead and do certain of these unwanted things and then I tell myself this is no reason to be unhappy about since I could have said No but I didn’t so and it is my own doing. When we resort to blaming others for our situations, then unhappiness is guaranteed.

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  8. The quotes are helpful. I have trouble with self esteem, too, and I believe that I have lost the race called life. Here is a quote that helps me a good deal: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” (Vincent Van Gogh)

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