Journalling has long been used as a way for us to reflect and focus. Whether we journal to help us get organised, reduce anxiety, or practice mindfulness, there are many benefits of journalling for our wellbeing.
When we want to practice self-love, journalling can be a great way of supporting us on the journey. It can give us a way of tracking and achieving our self-love goals, as well as letting us introduce self-love affirmations into our daily routine. It can help us to identify where we’re succeeding in life and also where we face challenges and how we can overcome them.
A self-love journal is a useful tool in practicing self-love and we can use it in whatever way supports our own goals and ambitions.
Benefits of journaling for self love
Opportunity for positive affirmations
A journal gives us the perfect place to practice our positive affirmations every day. We can pick the self-love affirmations that really mean something to us and are specific to our personal self-love goals. They can help us to boost our confidence and wellbeing, as well as improving and regulating our mood.
Prioritise self love goals
Self-love can look different to everyone. Some of us might want to focus on loving our bodies and others might want to practice self-love to boost our confidence. We might want to practice self-love to improve our relationships and we might want self-love to help us achieve our dreams and goals.
Journalling can help us prioritise what we want to achieve when it comes to self-love and also help to work out how we can reach our goals. It can help us identify where we might need to be taking some more time to care for ourselves, where we might be overstretching and where in our life we need to introduce more self-love.
Journalling lets us express our creativity in whatever way we want – you really do have free range to practice self-love in the way that suits you best. If you love drawing and art, you can create a flamboyant, stylistic self-love journal. If you like things neater and more organised, your self-love journal can reflect this too.
Your self-love journal should be an expression of YOU. Of course, you can use other people’s journals for some inspiration, but you shouldn’t worry too much about replicating something perfectly. As long as your self-love journal works for you, that’s what’s important.
Another benefit of a self-love journal is that it’s convenient. The early risers amongst us might like to take 5 or 10 minutes every morning to journal, and the night owls might prefer to journal before bed. Journalling can easily fit into our daily routine and can be effective at boosting our self-love even with just a few minutes every day.
You can journal with a pen or paper or use an app – whichever method suits you best. If you want to reduce your screen time, journalling using pen and paper can be a good way of having some time away from the screen.
How to start a self love journal
When we start a self-love journal, we first need to decide how we want to write – in a physical notebook or on an app. We can also decide when we think might be best to journal. We want to make it easy for us to create a good journalling habit, so think about when you have the most time, whether that’s in the morning, evening, or on your lunch break – or maybe, a more flexible routine will work better for you. Once we have our journalling method, we can determine what we want to achieve from our self-love journal.
We can start by thinking about what, exactly, self-love means to us. We might have an idea of where in our lives we want to practice self-love better, whether that be in our careers, our relationships, or in our self-talk.
We can find some self-love affirmations to write in our journal and some journal prompts to help us practice self-love (we have some self-love journal prompt ideas for you below). You might prefer to just start writing and see what happens – if we write with self-love in mind, we might just come across some breakthroughs and growth without any prompting.
Journal prompts for self love
If you’re struggling to get started with your self-love journal, these prompts might help to get you writing. You can set yourself a time limit or just keep writing until you’re finished. Once you’re done, take some time to reflect on what you’ve written. Remember to always read back your words with kindness and without judgement.
- If you could do one thing today that’s just for you, what would you do?
- What are your best qualities?
- List three things that drain your energy
- List three things that bring you joy
- What does your perfect day look like?
- Have you recently said yes to something when you wanted to say no?
- Have you recently said no to something when you wanted to say yes?
- What’s your proudest achievement?
- When do you feel most confident?
- What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Affirmations for your self love journal
Your self-love journal makes for a great opportunity to practice your self-love affirmations. We’ve put together some affirmations to help inspire you – use these or create your own that reflect your self-love goals.
- I love myself just as I am
- I am worthy of love and compassion
- I will give myself space to grow today
- I deserve happiness and joy
- I am a strong and capable person
- I am grateful for my body’s ability to ________
- I have the power to create the life that I want to live
- My self-worth is not dependent on what others think of me
- I am allowed to make mistakes and use them to learn and grow
- I am free to fully be my unique self
Send messages of love and positivity with Morale
The Morale app allows you to send and receive daily affirmations, to help you and your friends practice self-love and boost your confidence. You can download Morale at Google Play or Apple’s App Store and start sending affirmations today.
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