This post is all about journal prompts for self-love.
21 Journal Prompts For Self-Love
Feeling confused, self-critical or like you’re falling behind in the race of life? Need to gain some perspective? Take a deep breath, I got you! Read on for 21 journal prompts that will boost your self-esteem and simply make you feel better about yourself.
The wonderful practice of journaling comes with a long list of benefits. From mental clarity, through improved mood to reduced anxiety. It can also be a great tool for cultivating self-love.
What is self-love?
The topic of self-love has become quite a thing.
And that’s great.
We do need to love ourselves and take care of ourselves if we want to well, live a healthy, happy, stable life as well as be able to love and take care of others.
But are we all talking about the same thing? What does the term self-love actually mean?
Merriam-Webster defines self-love as “love of self: such as a) an appreciation of one’s own worth or virtue b) proper regard for and attention to one’s own happiness or well-being c) inflated love of or pride in oneself (NARCISSISM, CONCEIT)”.
People tend to say that
self-love is self-acceptance
self-love is self-care
self-love is self-worth
self-love is self-preservation
self-love is self-respect
and my personal favorite…
self-love is self-discipline
Self-love is self-discipline, let that sink in for a second.
When I first heard, that self-love is self-discipline my perspective on both self-love and discipline shifted. Suddenly, it all made more sense.
Self-love isn’t always easy. It doesn’t always involve an easy choice or an easy way out. It’s not all warm and fluffy and cozy. And discipline doesn’t have to be connected to something strict or negative. It’s not only reserved for tedious chores.
If you love yourself, as in, appreciate your own worth, and care about your well-being, you will do things you don’t always feel like doing.
Ways to practice self-love
Before you can practice self-love you need to define it for yourself. Which comparison mentioned above resonates with you the most?
There are various things you can do to cultivate self-love and by no means do they have to be complicated. You can:
- stop letting your thoughts control you and monitor your inner dialogue with the goal of moving toward a more positive self-talk
- eat clean and move your body
- take breaks when needed
- prioritize self-care
- set healthy boundaries and don’t engage with drama
- journal, which we will focus on in this post
Journal Prompts For Self-Love
- Why is it good to be you?
- What are 3 things you’re good at?
- What are 5 physical attributes you love about yourself?
- What are 5 character traits you value in others that you also recognize in yourself?
- What are you grateful for today?
- What’s one thing you can do today to make this week less stressful?
- Is there anything you need to forgive yourself for?
- What area(s) of your life would you like to improve? Write down your main goals as well as actions you can take right away.
- What’s the one thing you’ve been putting off that would actually help you improve your life? (whether it’s working out to gain mental clarity, or writing a new resume to apply for your dream job)
- Write down 5 positive statements about yourself.
- What makes you feel excited about life? How can you do more of that?
- If money wasn’t an issue how would you live tomorrow to make it the best day ever?
- When do you feel the most beautiful?
- What makes you feel confident?
- When do you feel the most at peace?
- What is your love language? (If you have no idea, make sure to take the well-known love language quiz to find out)
- What or who can always make you laugh?
- In which area of your life do you need more self-discipline?
- What are 3 habits you’re proud of sticking to?
- What’s 1 habit you’d like to quit?
- What’s one (empowering) thing you want to promise yourself?