Journaling is one of the best ways to promote self-love. Regularly putting pen to paper can provide you with daily reminders of exactly why you’re so awesome and unique — and give you the confidence to take the next steps in your own personal development journey.
While free-writing can certainly help, journaling prompts that are specifically focused on how to promote self-love can be incredibly beneficial, too.
To help you get started on that journey, we compiled a list of 60 journaling prompts that can be helpful for anyone looking to add less self-criticism and more self-love in their life.
Journaling prompts for self-love
- What am I proud of myself for?
- Five things I appreciate about myself are...
What are my biggest goals and dreams?
- What makes me unique?
- Name three flaws you accept about yourself
- What is your biggest struggle with loving yourself, and what can you do about it?
- I am worthy of happiness because…
- Think of all the people you feel judged by, and write down why these feelings aren’t valid
- Write a reference letter for yourself
- Write down five hobbies you’d like to try
- Name an action you can take right now that your future self will thank you for
- Write a positive letter of advice to your future self
- Name three ways you can start taking actionable steps toward your dreams
- Write down 10 positive affirmations
- List three self-care items you’d like to start
- Write down five nice things people have said about you recently
- How can you better set healthy boundaries in your relationship?
- What makes you feel most alive?
- What do you need to start saying “yes” to?
- What labels do you assign to yourself?
- What compliment do you like to give to people? Give it to yourself
- Write out your perfect morning routine, and what you can do to make it a reality
- Write about a professional achievement that you’re especially proud of
- Write about a personal achievement that you’re especially proud of
- Write about a time when you did something kind for a friend or family member
- What boundaries do I need to set for myself?
- Write a thank-you note to yourself
- What can you do to “fill your own cup,” or “fasten your seatbelt first” before helping others?
- What makes me happy?
- Name three things you love about your personality
- What’s standing in the way of your feeling happier, and what can you do to change that?
- If money wasn’t an issue, how would you live the rest of your life?
- When do you feel the most confident in yourself?
- Write yourself a love letter
- Where in your life do you need to slow down?
- My best personality trait is…
- What are some positive ways you’ve changed over the last five years?
- What makes you feel loved?
- Write out what your “dream life” looks like
- What flaws and mistakes do you need to forgive yourself for?
- What self-care activities bring you feelings of joy and calm?
- Name three good habits you’d like to cultivate
- What does your support system currently look like, and how can you strengthen it?
- Write about a time when someone did something nice for you and it made their day
- When you’re having a bad day, what’s one thing that consistently cheers you up?
- Write down five things you’re grateful for
- Write down five positive things you can say to yourself when negative self-talk starts to creep in
- Describe yourself positively in 10 words
- What’s something you need to get rid of?
- What current habits are destructive to your sense of self-love
- Name something you love about your body that isn’t related to what it looks like
What does self-love mean to me?
- What's one critical thought I often have about myself?
- My ideal day of self-care includes...
- Imagine you're your best friend. What piece of advice would you give yourself right now?
- Write a letter of encouragement to your younger self.
- Think of a challenge you've overcome, and what it helped you learn.
- List 10 things that make you happy. How can you incorporate those things into your life more?
- What are my top three strengths and how do they benefit others?
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What is self-love?
As you begin your practice of regularly journaling for self-love, you may be wondering: What, exactly, does self-love mean? At its core, self-love is a state of appreciation for who you are that comes from regularly taking actions that support your sense of well-being and confidence.
Essentially, self-love is all about living your life in a way that feels true, authentic, and good for you — and journaling in a way that promotes self-love is a great way to pinpoint what this means for you and your life.
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