Self-love can be a tricky thing to achieve, but it’s a habit that we can build and develop. If you’re just starting your self-love journey, read on to find out exactly what it means and how self-love affirmations can help you to love yourself.
What does it mean to practice self-love?
Self-love is having an appreciation for yourself. It means treating yourself in a loving way, the same as you might do with a partner or friend. It requires you to talk positively to yourself, to give yourself respect and to value and accept yourself. It involves how you act as well as how you think.
Some people might think practicing self-love means we let ourselves “get away” with bad behaviour. But this isn’t correct. When we have self-love, we accept that we might mistakes but we take the opportunity to learn from them and improve as people. We can hold ourselves to a high standard, but we can also accept that we are human and won’t always get things right.
Why is self-love important?
Self-love is hugely important to our wellbeing. When we practice self-love, our confidence and self-esteem is boosted. This improves our relationships, our careers, and our overall emotional state.
When we have self-love, we can move away from negative self-talk. Negative thoughts can make us feel down, unmotivated and stressed. When we move towards talking more positively to ourselves, we take better care of ourselves and feel more motivated to try to succeed in life.
What are self-love affirmations?
We can practice self-love in many different ways. One easy way is with self-love affirmations. The benefits of affirmations include improving our mood and mindset. Self-love affirmations in particular can help us to reframe our thinking so we love and accept ourselves, and banish negative self-talk.
Each person might have different self-love affirmations that are meaningful for them. You might have specific goals for your self-love journey, such as loving your body, your personality, or improving your self-esteem.
Daily affirmations for self-love for beginners
Below is a selection of self-love affirmations that can be a great starting point for your self-love journey. You can pick out a few that feel most meaningful for you or use them all.
- I love myself just as I am
- I am grateful for who I am
- I am worthy of love
- I am worthy of respect
- I deserve to feel joy
- I deserve to feel peace
- I am strong and capable
- I trust my instincts to guide me
- My voice matters
- I reclaim my power
- I can do hard things
- I can achieve anything I set my mind to
- I let go of self-doubt and fear
- I am doing the best I can with the resources I have
- I am allowed to make mistakes and I can learn from them
- It’s ok not to be perfect
- I accept myself unconditionally
- I am enough
How to use self-love affirmations
There are many ways you can incorporate self-love affirmations into your daily routine. You can choose to use just a few of these methods or use all of them – whatever works for you.
Repeat them in front of a mirror
One common way of using self-love affirmations is to say them out loud in front of a mirror. Making this part of your morning routine can be a great way to start the day and make you feel empowered.
Saying them to your reflection helps to make the affirmations more personal. It will be as if you are speaking to a friend and as though a friend is talking to you, telling you that you are strong, and loved, and important. It can help make the message stronger.
Write them in a journal
You can also write your affirmations in a self-love journal. Again, this can be part of your morning routine, or before you go to bed, whenever you prefer to journal. If you’re artistic, you could write them in a visually pleasing way, taking your time over them. If you’re not so artistic, just writing them down every day will help to make them part of your regular thought pattern.
Display them where you’ll see them regularly
You can write your affirmations down on a notecard and leave them on your desk at work or around your home. Seeing them often will help serve as a reminder and reinforce the self-love message.
You can also create a screensaver for your laptop or a lock screen for your phone with your favourite affirmation. This way you’ll see it a lot all through the day.
Repeat them to yourself throughout the day
If you find yourself in a challenging situation and negative talk or self-doubt creeps in, repeat your affirmations to yourself. This will help you to refocus and reframe your mindset to practice self-love and remind you that you are worthy.
Send positive affirmations with Morale
Morale is an affirmations app that helps you to spread love and positive messages amongst your friends, perfect for those on their self-love journey. You can download Morale at Google Play or Apple’s App Store and start sending affirmations today.