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650 Inspirational Self Care Quotes For Teachers (2023)

1. “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 to others.” ~ Parker Palmer


2. “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.”


3. “Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased. ” - Jiddu Krishnamurti


4. We All Have the Tendency to Believe Self-Doubt and Self-Criticism but Listening to This Voice Never Gets Us Closer to Our Goals. Instead, Try on The Point of View of a Mentor or Good Friend Who Believes in You, Wants the Best for You, And Will Encourage You When You Feel Discouraged — KELLY MCGONIGAL


5. “If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.”


6. “We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently.” –Michelle Obama


7. “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”


8. Initiate a self-care bulletin board with your neighboring teachers: Being in one of the most stressful occupations doesn’t have to mean being alone in your teacher burnout. Create a teacher self-care bulletin board with your colleagues and share self-care ideas, positive affirmations, self-care podcasts, teacher support resources, and more


9. You should never feel guilty for putting your self care first. The world can wait


10. “Self Care is the secret ingredient to Soldier care in a recipe that yields many servings of effective leadership.”


11. “The world won’t get more or less terrible if we’re indoors somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate.”


12. Say no more: Self-care matters here, too, so make sure you’re aware of your needs and boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no to things that aren’t necessary or that result in you taking on more work


13. The worst thing about making a mistake is being afraid to make one


14. “A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” -Dalai Lama


15. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.”


16. Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch. – Judy Blume


17. “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”


18. Avoid negative Nancy’s in the teacher’s break room: Being in a teaching profession is hard work as it is, so don’t add to your teacher’s stress by surrounding yourself with people that complain about everything under the sun like their student’s parents, administrators, and other teachers


19. The teacher who is indeed wise … – Kahlil Gibran


20. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”


21. “Nothing external to you has any power over you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


22. “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 the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama


23. “You are strong enough to handle whatever this week brings. Get some rest knowing you are capable.” — TWLOHA‍


24. “Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.”


25. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ” – William James


26. “One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world. ” - Malala Yousafzai


27. Call your best friend: If you have difficulty opening up to anyone at your school, reach out to your best friend or loved one. These relationships are essential for your overall well-being, so don’t neglect them!


28. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown


29. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” -Anne Lamott


30. “Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


31. “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown


32. “Choose, every day, to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love.”


33. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck


34. “You can’t really be present for the people in your life if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” -Kerry Washington


35. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward


36. “Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health—body, mind, and spirit.”


37. “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. ” - Joyce Meyer


38. You can't pour from an empty cup. You need more to nourish your soul than work! Even if you love your job, you need other ways to fill your cup


39. “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


40. “I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.” -Derek Jeter


41. Do something creative: One of the best things you can do is pick up an art or craft project that you enjoy. Whether it’s painting, calligraphy, or cooking, these hobbies can help you unwind when faced with common challenges at work


42. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. ” - Malcolm X


43. Is self care really selfish or were we just trained to believe it was?


44. Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert


45. If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s …


46. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” ~ Carol Burnett


47. To your students, you are a hero


48. You can do this, and if you can’t do it today, you’ll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure


49. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” ~ Sydney J. Harris


50. “Selfishness at the expense of others is bad. Self-care for the betterment of others is good.” ~ Richie Norton


51. “The man who earns a million, but destroys his health in the process is not really a success.” -Zig Ziglar


52. A great teacher is a great artist … – John Steinbeck


53. “Allow yourself the things you need right now. Whether that’s space, rest, support, or something else, know that you are not a burden for taking care of yourself.”


54. “Change what you can, manage what you can’t.” –Raymond McCauley


55. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


56. Do what you love


57. “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


58. “People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills. There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”


59. Carve out and claim the time for yourself to kindle your own fire


60. “Mindfulness based self-care increases your self-awareness about your behavior, thoughts; physical and mental health issues.” ~ Invajy


61. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary


62. Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you


63. “Be you, love you. All ways, always.” — Alexandra Elle


64. The trick to having happy students is to first be happy yourself


65. “No more martyring myself.”


66. “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


67. “Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults. ” - Abraham Lincoln


68. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others


69. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. -Katie Reed


70. “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.”


71. “Education is not to reform students or amuse them, or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. ” – Robert M. Hutchins


72. “Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”


73. A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. – Helen Keller


74. “Without giving time to own body, mind and soul, no one possibly can become a successful person. Self-care is of utmost importance for every single person on this planet.” ~ Invajy


75. “If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.” ~Wayne Dyer


76. “Learning to love yourself is like learning to walk—essential, life-changing, and the only way to stand tall.”


77. “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” — Tyra Banks‍


78. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” -Mandy Hale


79. “I think I deserve something beautiful.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert


80. Eat well: Open up a window in your room to get some fresh air and make it a point to pack some of the most delicious meals you’ll be counting down the hours to eat


81. “When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose.”


82. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -Carl Jung


83. “People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness. ” ~SanayaRoman


84. “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


85. “Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.” ~ William Shakespeare


86. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” –Dan Millman


87. “It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”


88. “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.”


89. “Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.” ~ Jackie Viramontez


90. “Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”


91. “Every morning, look in the mirror and affirm positive words into your life.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita


92. “It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” ~ Diane Von Furstenberg


93. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”


94. Teach as if what you’re doing makes a difference. It does


95. “The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.”


96. Plant some beautiful seeds


97. “There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self. ” ~Brian Andreas


98. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” -Malcolm S. Forbes


99. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath


100. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”


101. “Giving up is for rookies.” -Philoctetes


102. “Care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.” – Socrates


103. Your car won’t run on an empty tank. You shouldn’t either


104. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


105. “Self-care should include the cold shower as well as the scented tub.” ~ Mary Catherine Bateson


106. You have to nourish in order to flourish


107. “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gon’ love somebody else?”


108. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow


109. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou


110. Every job has its ups and downs, but not every job can change a life


111. “Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.”


112. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.”


113. “Self-care is non-negotiable. That’s the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care.”


114. “Have you tried therapy?” – We already know a toxic work environment is causing our stress


115. Listen to music: Not just any kind of music, but listen to songs that really speaks to you and makes you feel confident. Have a dance party break in your car or living room, and don’t stop moving until the song is over!


116. “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” –Anne Wilson Schaef


117. Part of Courage Is Simple. Consistency — PEGGY NOONAN


118. ”Give your stress wings, and let it fly away. ” – Terri Guillemets


119. The best teachers are those who show you where to look


120. “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 to others.” — Parker Palmer‍


121. “Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Sherrilyn Kenyon


122. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” ~ Robert Morley


123. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw


124. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself


125. It starts on the inside


126. Taking care of yourself doesn’t me, “me first”, it means “me too”


127. “We turn not older with years but newer every day.” ~ Emily Dickinson


128. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” –Nido Qubein


129. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy


130. Quality Time


131. Every second that makes you feel better is worth spending


132. “When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” -Paulo Coehlo


133. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen


134. “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 the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.”


135. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ” - Robert Frost


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


137. “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” -Jeanette Jenkins


138. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”


139. You’re allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously


140. If you don’t like something, change it. – Maya Angelou


141. “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”


142. “With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.”


143. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise Hay


144. “Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” ~ Akiroq Brost


145. “The challenge is not to be perfect — it is to be whole.” ~ Jane Fonda


146. “You take your problems to a god, but what you really need is for the god to take you to the inside of you.” ~ Tina Turner


147. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ” – Etty Hillesum


148. Order a teacher care crate: Teacher Care Crate is a monthly subscription box containing various teacher-approved self-care products and activities designed to promote intentional self-care to educators throughout the school year


149. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” ~ Malcolm S. Forbes


150. “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


151. Not all superheros wear capes—some have teaching degrees. – Author Unknown


152. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi


153. Almost everything will work again if you unplug if for a few minutes. Including you


154. “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength-carrying two days at once. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” –Corrie Ten Boom


155. “For many money is wealth, for me health is wealth.” ~ Invajy


156. “You are magnificent beyond measure, perfect in your imperfections, and wonderfully made.” ~ Abiola Abrams


157. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart


158. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”


159. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha


160. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” ~ Stephen Covey


161. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


162. The next time you put yourself down, remember how many people’s lives are positively impacted by you


163. An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly


164. “No woman can control her destiny if she doesn’t give to herself as much as she gives of herself.”


165. “There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley


166. “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.”


167. “Self-care has become a new priority — the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.”


168. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. ”


169. “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.”


170. Cuddle with your pet: Not only does this improve your emotional health, but it can also help you de-stress and relax


171. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. ” - Phil Collins


172. “You are beautiful. Know this. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply lying. You are beautiful. ” – Steve Maraboli


173. Take a nap: Sometimes, our best self appears fresh from a rest. We need to do these more as an adult


174. “To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”


175. “If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.” -Errick McAdam


176. “Self-care is non-negotiable. That’s the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care.” — Jonathan Van Ness


177. Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to step back


178. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~ Phyllis Diller


179. “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. ” - Jim Henson


180. When you’re saying yes to others, make sure you’re not saying no to yourself


181. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. ” - William Butler Yeats


182. “We never know which lives we influence, or when or why. ” - Stephen King


183. “Self-care is the number one solution to helping somebody else. If you are being good to yourself and your body and your psyche, that serves other people better, because you will grow strong enough to lift someone else up.” — Mary Lambert


184. “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss


185. Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every day and the rest will fall into place


186. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha


187. “Self-care is one of the active ways that I love myself. When you can and as you can, in ways that feel loving, make time and space for yourself.” — Tracee Ellis Ross ‍


188. “Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.”


189. You can’t pour from an empty cup


190. “Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire.”


191. The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels


192. “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”


193. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn


194. “To me, self-care isn’t really shallow. Showing up for yourself, putting on a little moisturizer, can inspire so many different parts of your life.”


195. “To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” ~ Denis Waitley


196. “The world would be a paradise of peace and justice if global citizens shared a common definition of love which would guide our thoughts and action.”


197. Spend time with your family: Set boundaries with work and spend intentional time with your family members. They probably wish they had spent more time with you


198. “This revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.” ~ Tara Brach


199. “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra


200. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”


201. “Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”


202. Take Care of Your Body


203. “Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give, and nobody will care for you.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld


204. “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.”


205. Self-Care Means permitting Yourself to Pause — CECILIA TRAN


206. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


207. Be kind to yourself. We are always telling our students that kindness counts, and I'm sure that you model this kindness for them as well. But, we also have to make sure that we're being kind to ourselves! Treat yourself as you would a student


208. Self-Compassion Is Simply Giving the Same Kindness to Ourselves That We Would Give to Others — CHRISTOPHER GERMER


209. Saying no can be the best form of self care


210. The influence of a good teacher lasts for a lifetime


211. “He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” –Arabian proverb


212. “Keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.”


213. “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


214. “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” –John Dewey


215. “You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breaths and you are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.” — Morgan Harper Nichols


216. Self care is not selfish. So many of us went into teaching because we care deeply about others. It can be really hard to take time for ourselves without feeling guilty. So repeat after me. . . self care is not selfish!


217. In a world where you can be anything, be kind


218. “The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” –Mama Indigo


219. “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” – Unknown


220. “Don’t take your health for granted. Don’t take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised.”


221. If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit


222. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” ~ Venus Williams


223. ”Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves. ” – Nathaniel Branden


224. Disconnect from technology at a specific time: Make the choice to reduce screen time; it is vital to a healthy work-life balance. Setting a time each day to say goodbye to technology can make all the difference with your loved ones


225. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” ~ Mandy Hale


226. “Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!” - George Carlin


227. Caring For Myself Is Not Self-Indulgence, It Is Self-Preservation, And That Is an Act of Political Warfare — AUDRE LORDE


228. “Keep your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water.” -Maxime Lagacé


229. Creating a nighttime routine is essential to having the energy you need to show up for your students. Sounds pretty obvious, right? Yet so many teachers spend the couple hours before going to bed scrolling social media, grading papers, and stressing about the next day’s lesson. Limiting screen time is essential in the hours before you go to bed. Looking at screens lower melatonin production, and melatonin is the hormone that runs our sleep-wake cycle. Try to fill the couple hours before you go to bed with dim lights, off-screen calming hobbies, and rituals that help prepare for the next day. Laying out my outfit for the next day and packing my lunch ahead of time always lowers my anxiety.


230. “It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized. ” – Wayne Dyer


231. “Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.”


232. “People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.” ~ Sanaya Roman


233. “A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” ~ Grantland Rice


234. “Part of courage is simple consistency.” ~ Peggy Noonan


235. “You need to pamper yourself” – There’s no energy left after caring for everyone else


236. Take care of your body, it’s the only place you’ve got to live


237. “Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.”


238. “To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” ~ Michelle Obama


239. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” ~ Sophia Loren


240. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”


241. Keep your desk tidy: One of the positive things that reap results from keeping a teacher’s desk neat and tidy is less stress. So, at the end of the school day, once a week, take a few moments to declutter your workspace


242. “Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. ” – Ray Bradbury


243. “Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” ~ Ray Bradbury


244. “Self-care is one of the active ways that I love myself. When you can and as you can, in ways that feel loving, make time and space for yourself.”


245. “Pause for a moment. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Listen to your needs and your boundaries. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too.”


246. “Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” ― Akiroq Brost


247. “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” - Guy Kawasaki.


248. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ” - Pablo Picasso


249. “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”


250. “Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”


251. Schedule in time for fun. I already know you’re probably yelling at me through the screen. It sounds basic, and as teachers, it can feel like we have little-to-no free time. This upcoming week, schedule in at least one activity that makes you truly excited. It can be as short as an hour or two out of your entire week Having fun reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) in our bodies, which also leads to improved concentration, sounder sleep, and strengthens your immune system. Go to a local concert on a Friday night, meet up for margarita flights with a friend, or go on a hike with a loved one. Whatever is fun and adds some spice into your routine qualifies! Also the anticipation of the event truly helps relieve stress, too


252. “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” -Babe Ruth


253. Learn trending dance moves from your students: The best gift you can give to your students is learning more about their interests and passions. If your students are into dancing, learn some of their favorite TikTok trending dances


254. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”


255. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” -John Green


256. Be there for others but never leave yourself behind


257. “My brain and my heart are really important to me, I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”


258. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. ” - H. G. Wells


259. Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. – Scott Hayden


260. When you know your worth, no-one can make you feel worthless


261. The Secret of Getting Ahead Is Getting Started. The Secret of Getting Started Is Breaking Your Overwhelming Tasks into Small Manageable Tasks, And Then Starting on The First One — MARK TWAIN


262. “If you want to feel loving, I coached myself, do something loving. This is basic soul care.” — Anne Lamott


263. “Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” ~ Joel Osteen


264. “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” -A. J. Reb Materi


265. Enroll in group therapy: Learning how to set healthy boundaries is better taught in sessions with other educators. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, join a teacher support group


266. “By making time for self-care, you prepare yourself to be your best so you can share your gifts with the world. Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. Self-care isn’t selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brownn


267. Leave school campus at a set time: Stress levels are constantly being chaotically managed in a teacher’s life. So outside of obligatory meetings, do your best to leave school by a designated time each day


268. “When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.” -Benjamin Franklin


269. ”Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. ” – Dr. Seuss


270. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”


271. I’m just a teacher standing in front of my class …


272. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”


273. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde


274. “A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.” –Naval Ravikant


275. “Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”


276. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle


277. “Honestly, self-care is not fluffy. It’s something we should take seriously.”— Kris Carr.


278. “Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” ~ Steve Maraboli


279. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein


280. “Don’t let them make you doubt yourself. All the greatest visionaries in history have been told they were insane at some point.” -Michele Jaffe


281. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan


282. “There is one thing we can do, and the happiest of people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present.” –Mark Van Doren


283. “Allow yourself the things you need right now. Whether that’s space, rest, support, or something else, know that you are not a burden for taking care of yourself.” — TWLOHA


284. Read a book: Make a commitment to join a book club for teachers during the school year. There’s always a good book you still need to read, so find a few that interest you and spend a little time reading a few pages every day!


285. “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.”


286. “When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.” -Madeleine L’Engle


287. “Take better care of your body” – Survival mode is all we have time and energy to do


288. “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” >-Unknown


289. “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 to others.”


290. You can handle anything that comes your way today


291. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” –Amy March, from Little Women


292. With Every Act of Self-Care, Your Authentic Self Gets Stronger, And the Critical, Fearful Mind Gets Weaker. Every Act of Self-Care Is a Powerful Declaration: I Am on My Side, I Am on My Side, Each Day I Am More And More on My Own Side — SUSAN WEISS BERRY


293. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ”


294. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder


295. “Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. ” –Deborah Day


296. “If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” ~ Dalai Lama


297. You are a great teacher


298. Remember, every new exhale is the chance to begin again


299. “Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s self-esteem.” ~ Ashley Judd


300. ‘Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.’ — Unknown.


301. “You are strong enough to handle whatever this week brings. Get some rest knowing you are capable.”


302. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”


303. “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”


304. “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


305. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” ~ Sandra Bierig


306. “When you feel like you can’t fight anymore — don’t give up. Just take some time to rest.”


307. “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gon’ love somebody else?” — RuPaul


308. “It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne


309. The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character. – Dorothea Dix


310. “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” — Brené Brown


311. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir


312. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” — Eleanor Brown


313. “Self-care is how you take your power back.”


314. One child, one teacher, one book … – Malala


315. May your coffee be strong and your students calm


316. ”Nothing external to you has any power over you. ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


317. Watch a teacher with a classroom full of students … – Teresa Kwant


318. “My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


319. “Be you, love you. All ways, always.”


320. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”


321. “To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” — Michelle Obama


322. “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


323. “Being extremely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” ~ Sigmund Freud


324. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” -Mary Kay Ash


325. “Throughout history, great healers have discovered the power of breathing to enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of their people.” -Richard P. Brown


326. When you love your class, your students just know


327. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~ Lalah Delia


328. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” — Edward Stanley


329. “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”


330. Take time to do what makes your soul happy


331. “When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.”


332. It’s not your job to be everything to everyone


333. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” ~ Dolly Parton


334. “Self-care has become a new priority — the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.” — Frances Ryan


335. Sometimes the greatest PD is the teacher down the hall. – Brian Aspinall


336. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Suzy Kassem


337. ‘Professional love’ in early childhood education: The transformative power of emotional connections


338. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda


339. If you believe what you’re doing will have a positive result, it will. Even if it’s not immediately obvious


340. “It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.”


341. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it, including yourself


342. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” -Jack Kornfield


343. “If you don’t have some self-doubts and fears when you pursue a dream, then you haven’t dreamed big enough.” -Joe Vitale


344. “Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” ~ Bell Hooks


345. “Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace.” ~ Izey Victoria Odiase


346. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” -Christine Caine


347. Stay hydrated while teaching: As if the struggle to get everything done wasn’t enough, dehydration can be a teacher’s worst enemy. Make a gallon of infused water at the start of the week to keep you hydrated throughout your long days in the classroom


348. “We turn not older with years but newer every day.” -Emily Dickinson


349. Do a motivating workout: It’s a good thing that you have opportunities to improve your physical health because that will make you feel better overall. Find a in person workout or online yoga class that makes you focus on your health


350. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” ~ Barbara De Angelis


351. “Sometimes you just need to be selfish to be self-sufficient.” ~ Lois P. Frankel


352. “Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.” ~ Nathaniel Branden


353. “Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it.”


354. The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. – Todd Whitaker


355. “Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.” -Stephen Covey


356. “Honestly, self-care is not fluffy. It’s something we should take seriously.” ~ Kris Carr


357. “I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” ~ Tony Robbins


358. “You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.”


359. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn


360. Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning


361. “When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle


362. “Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” — Ray Bradbury


363. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” -Audrey Lorde


364. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn


365. “With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.” — Susan Weiss Berry


366. “Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” -Cecilia Tran


367. “Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.”


368. “Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable.”


369. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” -Albert Einstein


370. “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” -T. Harv Eker


371. Nine-tenths of education is encouragement. – Anatole France


372. “Self-care is the non-negotiable. That’s the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of the self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care.” ~ Jonathan Van Ness


373. “It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self-love deficit.” ~ Eartha Kitt


374. “Self-care means considering yourself a worthwhile person and presenting yourself as valuable, capable, and deserving. In other words, self-care seeks to redress an imbalance that develops when you don’t take proper care of yourself, whether by inattention or by choice.” ~ Arin Murphy-Hiscock


375. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”


376. “Self-love is the source of all our other loves.” ~ Pierre Corneille


377. “The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others.”


378. “You need to relax and find your zen” – There aren’t enough hours in the day to meditate our stress away


379. “Self-care equals success. You’re going to be more successful if you take care of yourself and you’re healthy.” ~ Beth Behrs


380. The secret to being positive is to stop forcing yourself to be when you’re not


381. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ” - Thomas Edison


382. Self care should include the cold shower as well as the scented tub


383. “Use self-care products. ” – We need more help than herbal tea and essential oils can provide


384. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball


385. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” -W.P. Kinsella


386. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ” –Lucille Ball


387. “You wash your hands when you shake a bunch of hands. You have to wash your energy when you’re around people. It’s hard for me to say self-care is washing, although I think it is. So I made music for self-care. That’s what it’s for.” ~ India Arie


388. “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be. ” - Rita Pierson


389. The world is changed by your example. – Paulo Coelho


390. Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award. – William Prince


391. “Doubting yourself is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.” -Mel Robbins


392. “Taking care of myself doesn’t mean “me first.” It means “me, too.” -L. R. Knost


393. Have a work-to-home transition routine. Going straight from school to home with no consistent routine to help get your mind out of school mode prevents your body from relaxing. If you have a longer, low stress commute, this in itself is a great transition. Turn on a non-education related podcast or jam out to your favorite album. However, if you have a short commute or stressful traffic-surrounded commute, you need to insert something into your routine to lower your stress levels and signal to your body that work is over. Something as simple as stopping at a store or the gym (my personal favorite) between school and home works. Try it out and notice how much easier it is to relax at home


394. “Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn’t last, but meditating every day does.” — Carrie Anne Moss


395. “Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”


396. “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


397. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein


398. There will always be someone who can’t see your value. Don’t let that person be you


399. “When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.” -Roy McAvoy


400. “Self-care is your fuel … Whatever the road ahead or the path you’ve taken, self-care is what keeps your motor running and your wheels turning.” ~ Melissa Steginus


401. “Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.”


402. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” — Maya Angelou


403. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”


404. Self-Care Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Jogging! — SANDRA OH


405. Give Your Stress Wings, And Let It Fly Away – TERRI GUILLEMETS


406. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” - Maya Angelou


407. Be the leader in a school of fish


408. Self care is a priority – not a luxury – in the work that we do


409. Only the brave choose to teach


410. “Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”


411. “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison


412. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi


413. When you say yes to others, make sure you’re not saying no to yourself


414. Make time for what makes you happy. What hobbies or activities do you really enjoy? Were there things you loved before you became a teacher that you've stopped doing? Making time for those things is important


415. “We can climb mountains with self-love.” ~ Samira Wiley


416. “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~ Billy Graham


417. “To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.”


418. Be enough for yourself first, the rest of the world can wait


419. “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”


420. “It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others, and we need to be fueled both physically and mentally. If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.” — Faith Hill


421. Journal: Take a break from your lesson plans and give your mind a break with written reflection prompts. Journaling can help you process your thoughts and feelings, and it’s a great way to subtly introduce a self-care plan


422. “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


423. “Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance.” ~ Unknown


424. “Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.” –Ehssan


425. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”


426. An empty tank will take you exactly nowhere. So take time to refuel


427. You Become What You Believe – OPRAH WINFREY


428. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”


429. Schedule time for traveling: While prioritizing the needs of others is admirable, it can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being. Take PTO regularly without feeling obligated to justify the need for it


430. “Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” ~ Cecilia Tran


431. “Growth is necessary but don't convince yourself that those past versions of you were worthless. You wouldn't be here without them.”


432. A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others. – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


433. “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


434. “When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.”


435. There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both


436. At the end of the day, tell yourself gently, “you did the best you could”


437. Focus on Your Mind


438. “The world would be a paradise of peace and justice if global citizens shared a common definition of love which would guide our thoughts and action.” — bell hooks


439. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


440. Let the planets and stars remind you that it’s possible to shine in dark places


441. “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” -Khalil Gibran


442. On a similar note, ensure you have a consistent morning routine that doesn’t make you feel rushed. Without a routine, mornings far more chaotic than they need. One of the best things you can do for yourself is schedule in a few extra minutes you feel you “won’t need. ” This not only gives a buffer if you do run behind, but it can give you time to insert another self-care activity–such as taking a quick walk, a five-minute meditation, or even just simply sitting down to eat your breakfast rather than grabbing it to-go. Doing tasks that you can the night before(like packing your lunch and laying out your outfit) will give you a few extra minutes in the morning, too


443. Give yourself some credit because you’re doing great


444. Of All the Judgments We Pass in Life, None Is More Important Than the Judgment We Pass on Ourselves — NATHANIEL BRANDEN


445. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” –Fred Rogers


446. “One person’s self-care isn’t necessarily another’s – there is going to be a lot of individuality.” ~ Gail Saltz


447. ‘If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.’ – Banksy


448. “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. ” - John C. Maxwell


449. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese Proverb


450. “Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health — body, mind, and spirit.”


451. “Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” — Audre Lorde


452. Like a boss teacher


453. “You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. ” –Unknown


454. Read motivational quotes on Pinterest: Schedule time to take out your phone and create a Pinterest board full of self-care quotes to refer to when faced with challenging times at work


455. “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”


456. ”The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over


457. “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” –William Shakespeare


458. I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. – Lily Tomlin


459. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” — Katie Reed


460. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”


461. 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


462. She believed she could, so she did


463. “We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good friend who believes in you, wants the best for your, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged. ” ~ Kelly McGonigal


464. Put yourself at the top of your to-do list


465. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect


466. Rest and self care is productive too


467. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care


468. “Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn’t last, but meditating every day does.”


469. “There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~ Brian Andreas


470. If it costs you your peace, then it’s too expensive


471. Your Work Is To Discover Your World And Then, With All Your Heart, Give Yourself To It — BUDDHA


472. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. ” - B. B. King


473. Be kinder to yourself and then let that kindness flood the world


474. “Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”— bell hooks


475. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


476. The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. – Mark Van Doren


477. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela


478. “Self-care doesn’t necessarily mean jogging!” ~ Sandra Oh


479. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Fredrick Douglass


480. Go to the gym before work: Ignite a new self-care routine by spending time at the gym before starting your work day. Not only will you feel energized and refreshed, but having a pre-work workout routine can be a great way to stay on top of teacher stress


481. “Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn’t last, but meditating every day does.” ~ Carrie-Anne Moss


482. Practice self rescue first before you attempt to help someone else


483. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. ” – Steve Maraboli


484. “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.”


485. “If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.” -Ivan Nuru


486. Do one minute meditations: Work these into your daily routine. There are a ton of helpful mindfulness meditation podcasts to check out that offer support and good self-care tips. Your mindfulness practice will improve with commitment


487. “When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose”


488. You are already a good teacher


489. “You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breaths and you are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.”


490. “If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.“ -Dalai Lama


491. Minimize checking your email when you’re home: Taking good care of yourself includes minimizing the time spent checking email and other teacher-related notifications when you’re off school property


492. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. – Brad Henry


493. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou


494. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax


495. “How do you define ‘taking care of yourself’? Create a new self-care practice today. Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself. Discomfort is a wise teacher.” ~ Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso


496. I wasn’t born to “just teach. ” – Author Unknown


497. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” — Sydney J. Harris


498. “By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.”


499. Review your vision board: Being a teacher is not solely your identity, so review those vision goals you set to accomplish in your personal life because those are equally important


500. Run a relaxing bath or shower: Run a bubble bath, light a candle and create a wellness bath experience with all your favorite goodies


501. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ” - Henry David Thoreau


502. “Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” -Karl Lagerfeld


503. “Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” ~ Dale Carnegie


504. Nothing External to You Has Any Power Over You — RALPH WALDO EMERSON


505. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ” - Ronald Reagan


506. “Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”


507. “Self-discipline is self-caring.” ~ M. Scott Peck


508. “When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant


509. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” ~ Helen Keller


510. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.” — Elizabeth Gaskell


511. It Is Not the Mountain We Conquer but Ourselves — SIR EDMUND HILLARY


512. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” –Maya Angelou


513. “ I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ” - Lily Tomlin


514. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. - Henry Adams


515. “The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others.” ~ Chuang Tzu


516. “Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” ~ Katrina Mayer


517. In order to be an effective teacher, you have to love your students as human beings and you have to love teaching. – Maribeth Sublette


518. Nothing can dim a light that shines from within. – Maya Angelou


519. A teacher affects eternity. – Henry Brooks Adams


520. “The secret to a happy life is to accept change gracefully.” ~ Jimmy Stewart


521. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ” - Anne Frank


522. “I want to feel my life while I’m in it.” ~ Meryl Streep


523. “Teachers make more minute-by-minute decisions than brain surgeons…and that is why you are going home so exhausted.”


524. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary


525. Get creative with your classroom: Take professional development courses to address your student’s needs, explore teacher resources like teacher books and blogs, and get creative with fun teacher activities in your classroom


526. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde


527. You deserve love and respect, even if you don’t fully love and respect yourself


528. “I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.”


529. “Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”


530. “Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball


531. “No woman can control her destiny if she doesn’t give to herself as much as she gives of herself.” — Suze Orman


532. “It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others, and we need to be fueled both physically and mentally. If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.”


533. “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”


534. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” ~ Michael Jordan


535. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


536. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with


537. Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. – Author Unknown


538. Self care is how you take your power back


539. “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ” ~ Buddha


540. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucious


541. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott


542. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley


543. “Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance. ” ~Unknown


544. “When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” ~ Paulo Coelho


545. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde


546. “The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others.” -Chuang Tzu


547. “If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job more important. ” - Barbara Colorose


548. “Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.” ~ Alice Walker


549. “Some days are going to be more of a struggle than others. That is okay and you need to forgive yourself in order to keep going — and growing.”


550. Take care of yourself first. If you're not taking care of yourself, you can't take care of your students


551. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


552. Get moving! It can seem intimidating seeing all of the people on social media posting their intense workouts, but even incorporating a walk or a dance break during your day can lower levels of anxiety and depression, improve your ability to think, and increases your sleep quality. Movement releases endorphins, which improves your mood, relieves pain, and lowers stress levels. If you need to physically write it into your planner or tell a friend to hold you accountable, do it. (You can also double this up with creating a work-to-home transition routine, too! I love taking walks in my neighborhood after work. )


553. “Positive vibes only’ isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that’s OK.” –Molly Bahr


554. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ” - Margaret Mead


555. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions… Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ~ Tina Fey


556. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~ Louise L. Hay


557. “Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.”


558. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”


559. Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others


560. Tend to Your Emotions


561. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. ” – Dr. Seuss


562. “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach. ” - Aristotle


563. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ”


564. “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.”


565. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” ~ Coco Chanel


566. Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable


567. Create a Self-Care Action Plan


568. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~ C.S. Lewis


569. “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” ~ Tyra Banks


570. “If you want to feel loving, I coached myself, do something loving. This is basic soul care.”


571. “You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.”


572. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde


573. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”


574. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” -Carlos Castaneda


575. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


576. “Forgiveness isn’t just the absence of anger. I think it’s also the presence of self-love, when you actually begin to value yourself.” ~ Tara Westover


577. Self care means giving yourself the permission to pause


578. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” — Brené Brown


579. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”


580. Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them. – Gordon Neufeld