February is the month of love. Love includes loving yourself which is something I struggled with because in the past, I lost sight of my goals and self worth. I write on goals and journaling as I’ve found both these activities great for personal development, to refocus and enjoy life. Have you struggled with a lack of confidence or self worth? Journaling can help. Self love journal prompts are great for self awareness of oneself and confidence building. Journal for a month on self care or choose randomly from the 31 self-love journal prompts to write about in your journal.
Journaling is a place to express yourself, your emotions and write about your thoughts with no judgement. Journaling is self care as through journaling you learn to be kinder to yourself and process your emotions. If your new to journaling refer to ‘How to start a journal‘.
Positively embrace self love through journaling.
Writing about self care and self love is a great way to improve self esteem. Focussing on self worth improves mental wellbeing, mood, depression and anxiety. Using journal prompts about self care and self love is a great way to start writing about your feelings towards yourself, your environment and your life in general.
Journaling is the therapeutic tool that I’ve found helps me with personal growth and mental wellbeing. It is through journaling that many of my questions and thoughts are answered. The benefits of writing a few words every day in a journal are amazing.
What is self love?
I believe self love is loving yourself unconditionally, though I know this is hard to do. I know it is not easy to accept yourself for who you are and who you are becoming. Yet, it is through accepting yourself as you are now that you grow. We all go through stages in our lives, stages where we like ourselves, love ourselves or have trouble seeing the quality we have within.
Journaling and affirmations are two ways that can help with self love and personal growth.
Benefits of keeping a self love journal
Our thoughts are often negative because that is the way our brains are wired. Research has shown that we pay attention to the bad more than a good. Having a negative bias can effect our relationships with others and ourselves. A negative bias can cause us to see only the bad in the world and have us wondering about the future, thus causing anxiety.
Fortunately, there is hope as with some mindfulness practices like gratitude, walks in nature and journaling, you begin to see the beauty of each day. Below are some benefits of journaling.
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Improves mental health
- Is uplifting, building self-worth
- Helps you see the positive in yourself, others and the world
- Help you understand yourself
- Assists you with working through your problems and thoughts
- Improves your relationships with yourself and others.
What to write in a self care journal?
Anything can be written in a self care journal. Everyone is different. We all see things differently and react differently to scenarios. Therefore, your self care journal should help you with understanding your thoughts and help you process your feelings. Your self care journal is about you. It is worth noting that we all process information differently and sometimes a helping hand is needed to guide us. If you struggle to process your feelings and thoughts speak with your doctor or psychologist.
Some people can look at a blank page and think of something to write about. Other people need a few prompts. Below are some prompts that focus on self care and self love to help you with your journaling.
31 Self Love Journal Prompts
- Write 3 things you like about yourself?
- If there was one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be and why?
- Describe your personality? What would you say is your best personality trait?
- Describe how you see yourself and how your friends see you?
- Write about a time, action or an event you feel you need forgiveness for?
- What bad habit do you have that you would like to stop? Brainstorm how you might stop this habit?
- Imagine today is your ideal day, what does it look like, what are you doing? Do something today that is part of your ideal day.
- How do you see yourself in the future? What can you do now that is part of your future? Example; My future self is fit and does not drink wine. Today I can start exercising to be fitter and can decide not to drink wine.
- Write about the things that make you happy?
- Imagine yourself in the future. How do you look, how do you act, how different is life to what is today?
- What negative beliefs do you need to let go about yourself or your life?
- My favourite day of the week is … The reason I like this day is because …
- I smile when I think of these things… (write a list of the things that make you smile)
- The secret I wish others know about me …
- Write about a time you helped a friend. What did you do? How did it make you feel?
- What is a compliment you have received? How did it make you feel?
- What are 3 positive things you can tell yourself daily?
- Write about the things you find energise you? How do you include these in your day?
- What gets you out of bed in the morning? What is your morning routine? Describe how you can change your morning routine to be more inspiring and fulfilling.
- Write about your favourite song? Why do you like that song? What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel when you think about, sing or dance along to the song?
- What successes have you had? Reflect on your accomplishments, list them and describe how you felt being acknowledged for your achievements? (create your achievements board)
- Describe your future self and how your future self would show up today?
- Write a thank you letter to your body. Write about how you appreciate your body.
- Who inspires you most? What qualities do they have that you admire?
- If money and time were no barriers, what is your dream job?
- What negative value do you feel impacts your life or relationships the most? (anger, frustration, jealousy, worry, loneliness, regret). How can you change your thoughts or questions about this negative value?
I get so frustrated with my irregularity of working shifts.
Change to; I enjoy my work and am grateful for the hours I have. The work I do impacts others positively which is something I love. I also love that I have time to work on my own projects, that certainly is a hidden blessing to the frustration I feel.
- What advice would your future self give you?
- How have your challenges helped you with personal growth?
- What are your personal goals this year? Write about how you are taking actions towards your goals. (link to blog post)
- If you were to choose 5 healthy actions to take to improve your life, what would they be and why?
- What does self love mean to you?
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