Self-love is a practice I love to preach, but sometimes struggle to practice. I’ve been using affirmations to help with self-love for years and have an extensive list of my own affirmations that I cycle through. Below are general self-love affirmations I hope will inspire you to start your own self-love journey.
What is self-love?
Self-love is often mistaken for narcissism or selfishness. It’s viewed as an excessive love of oneself, but self-love is actually the foundation of a healthy mind, body and spirit. When you love yourself, you’re more likely to treat yourself with respect and kindness. You’re also better equipped to handle life’s challenges.
Self-love doesn’t mean being conceited or egocentric. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are and embracing your quirks and imperfections. It’s about making choices that are good for your mind, body, and soul. And it’s about valuing your own opinions and needs as much as you do those of others.
Self-love is essential for happiness and well-being. When you take care of yourself emotionally and spiritually, you’re able to take better care of those around you.
The Benefits of Self-Love Affirmations
Self-love affirmations are a great way to boost your confidence and feel good about yourself. When you repeat positive statements about yourself, you are programming your mind to believe them. This can help you feel better about yourself and improve your self-esteem. Here are some of the benefits of self-love affirmations:
1. They can help you feel more confident in yourself and your abilities.
2. They can help you become more accepting of yourself, including your flaws and imperfections.
3. They can help you feel happier and more content with your life.
4. They can motivate you to achieve your goals and dreams.
5. They can help you build stronger relationships with others.
How to Use Self Love Affirmations
Self-love affirmations are a great way to start your day and can help to set the tone for how you will feel about yourself for the rest of the day.
When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to yourself and repeat some self-love affirmations. This will help you to focus on your positive attributes and remind yourself that you are worth loving.
Self-love affirmations can also be used when you are feeling down about yourself. If you find yourself criticizing yourself or feeling down, take a few minutes to recite some self-love affirmations.
You need to take the time and repeat the process to put it into practice consistently.
Start with 3 or 4 affirmations that resonate with you, and over time add more as they become meaningful to you.
This will help to shift your mindset and make you feel more positive about yourself.
There are many different self-love affirmations that you can use, but here are a few of our favorites:
List of 45 Self-Love Affirmations
1. I am loved and accepted just as I am.
2. I am deserving of love and respect.
3. I am confident and secure in my own self-worth.
4. I am grateful for all the love and support that I have been given in my life.
5. I accept myself just the way I am, with all of my strengths and weaknesses.
6. I am loved unconditionally.
7. I am worthy of love and respect.
8. I deserve to be happy and feel loved.
9. I am in control of my own happiness and feelings.
10. I am deserving of love, care, and respect from others.
11. I am secure in my own self-worth.
12. I deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.
13. I am loved and accepted just as I am.
14. Today, I choose me.
15. I let go of negative self talk.
16. I choose to live in the now.
17. I choose to be happy and feel loved.
18. I am grateful for all that I have.
19. I choose to treat myself with kindness and respect.
20. Today, I feel better than yesterday and better than the day before that!
21. I let go of negative self-talk and choose to be happy.
22. I choose to love, accept and respect myself unconditionally.
23. Today, I choose to be grateful and kind to myself. 24.
Today, I choose to be more loving and accepting to myself.
25. I make a list of all the things I love about myself.
26. I feel good about who I am today!
27. I am grateful for all the gifts I have been given and every day is a new beginning for me!
28. Loving myself comes easily and naturally.
29. I am enough.
30. I am grateful for my body
31. Today, I am my best friend.
33. I love and accept myself totally!
34. I love and accept myself for all of my flaws, weaknesses, and imperfections!
36. I am proud of who I am and the person I’m becoming.
37. I am happy with my progress as an individual in this world.
38. It’s okay to be different.
39. Life is good, and it has so much more good in store for me.
40. I can create a life that feels good on the inside, no matter what’s going on on the outside.
41. I am healthy and happy.
42. I am a rock star in my own life!
43. I love myself!
44. My love for others grows with my love for myself.
45. I feel so good in my body.
46. I step into my power with confidence and grace.
More Self-love affirmations and Feel-good Tips
My body is amazing
Your body is amazing because it can do so many things. It allows you to move, go up and downstairs, pick up objects, and dance. It also allows you to experience life in a very real way—through sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
Your body can heal itself after an injury when given the proper rest and nutrients. And with enough effort from you (and perhaps from a professional), your body has the capacity to change its appearance or its physical abilities in a lot of ways.
Seeing all this as evidence that your body is amazing will help you start appreciating it more!
I acknowledge my negative thoughts but I choose not to believe them.
Your negative thoughts can be so loud, so forceful, and so convincing that you may believe them to be true. But the truth is that your thoughts are just thoughts. In other words, they’re not facts.
It’s important for you to acknowledge this reality. When you realize that your negative thoughts aren’t facts, it allows you to have power over them: You can choose to believe your thoughts or not believe them.
I suggest making the choice to disregard any vicious thoughts telling you that “you’re not good enough” or that “you’re unworthy of love, success, and happiness.” And instead, believe in positive affirmations such as “I am worthy of great things in my life.”
It’s okay to be different.
Don’t ever be afraid to be different. You will always desire the extraordinary and find
inspiration in things that others find weird. Be it your appearance, your taste in clothes or music, or the way you talk, don’t let anyone change who you are. Being exactly as you are is what makes you special and unique.
Challenge yourself to look for beauty in the things other people find repulsive. See-through their eyes and read their thoughts every once in a while. Understand that everyone is trying to get by in this world just like you, but they all have their own fears, worries, and anxieties that may sometimes overwhelm them and make them act in strange ways towards those they do not understand.
I feel so good in my body.
I’m getting stronger every day and my body is powerful. I honor my body with clean food, nutritious meals, and healthy practices. I am so grateful for this amazing gift of a body that enables me to live such an awesome life.
Does that sound like something you would say? If not—I get it. It’s hard to love your body sometimes! But you know what makes it easier? Changing the way we talk about our bodies: reprogramming our brains from negative to positive, from criticism to appreciation.
It can be as simple as reframing a negative thought when it comes up: if you catch yourself thinking “my thighs are too big” or “my skin is awful,” take a deep breath and then say something kind instead: “My legs are strong and they help me do so many things, like run after my kids or hike in the mountains” or “every person has skin imperfections—mine helps make me unique!”
You can also write down one thing you love about your body each morning: how strong your arms are, how much fun your hair is to play with, how good your eyes look when they shine with excitement…you get the idea!
I step into my power with confidence and grace.
One of the best ways to step into your power with confidence and grace is to recognize that being in your power is not about having more or better than others or being better than others. It’s about feeling good about yourself, having a sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and knowing at a deep level that you are enough.
When you feel inner strength and trust in yourself, you automatically step into your personal power. You can also call this “personal sovereignty.”
When you act from a place of authentic power—true inner strength—you do so without ego. This means acting from a place of love for yourself without needing to impose yourself on anyone else. When you’re in touch with your own personal power, it feels strong yet peaceful; grounded yet fluid; calm yet moving forward with drive.
My mistakes do not define me; they only tell a story of where I have been, but they do not determine where I am going.
Everyone makes mistakes in life. You are a human being and you will make some screwups in your time here on Earth. Look at all the great people who made mistakes.
Abraham Lincoln had many failures before becoming President of the United States and Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison after being charged with sabotage and treason. (Talk about a bad day!) Malcolm X was expelled from school for his behavior, Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old and was considered slow, Steve Jobs was fired from his own company, and Walt Disney went bankrupt before creating the multi-billion dollar company we all know today.
The most successful people are those who have failed more than anyone else—and that’s because they kept trying until they succeeded!
I celebrate my inner and outer beauty
Next time you feel yourself getting down on your appearance, stop and remind yourself that you ARE beautiful.
Focus on what you love about yourself, instead of the things you don’t like or want to change.
Write a list of all your best qualities! Ask friends and family to write one too, so that you have lots of reasons to celebrate YOU!
Look in the mirror and tell yourself “I am beautiful!” with a smile on your face every morning for an instant confidence boost!
Practice self-love and self-care as often as possible – this will help build your confidence from within, which is essential for feeling good about the way we look in our outward appearance
I say no to comparison and yes to compassion.
You say “comparison is the thief of joy” – I say “that’s a valid observation.” You say “focus on your own journey, not others’” – I say “absolutely, focus on what makes you feel good.”
You say “I’m sick of hearing about self-compassion and all this hippie crap about loving myself more, who cares? I just want to be skinny and pretty!”
– And I say with a little sigh that self-compassion IS one key to your happiness, because when you are kinder to yourself rather than beating yourself up over everything that you think is wrong with you (and there will always be something), then you can actually enjoy life more while continuing to move forward.
I treat my body with love and respect.
I understand that my body is a gift. I treat it like one.
I respect my body and give it the love and attention it deserves. My body is strong, powerful, and beautiful. It carries me through my day-to-day and helps me achieve my greatest desires. I am thankful for everything it does for me and gives it the love, kindness, and respect that it needs.
Today, I will show my body love by working out, walking outdoors, a massage, a relaxing bath with Epsom salts, and beautiful clothes.
Begin every day with a little more self-love. Now that you know these affirmations for self-love, you have even more tools to help you better love who you are and connect to yourself on a deeper level.
Today is the perfect day to start using these affirmations. Do it in the morning as you get ready for the day, or before going to bed at night.
Better yet, commit to doing one affirmation every day this week! As with any new habit, the key is repetition.
Choose an affirmation and allow enough time each day to do it—this will help it feel normal and part of your daily routine.
Soon enough, your feelings of self-love will begin to shift as you practice your new habit over and over again; this is a sure sign that your affirmations are on their way to becoming a life-changing reality!