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31 Journal Prompts for Self-Love and Self-Care

Self-love is the act of valuing oneself, practicing self-compassion, and having the desire to take care of oneself. It is a little different from self-care, which is more about taking care of one’s own needs.

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I am enough. I tell myself this every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, especially before I go out or start my day. Every morning, when I’m getting ready for work, I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I am enough. Telling yourself that you are enough and worthy is an act of self-love.

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Journaling is a great way to practice self-care and self-love. It is a good way to express yourself, sort your thoughts, and practice mindfulness. This leads to greater self-understanding and self-care. It helps to acknowledge negative feelings, which can help to process them and let go of them. Here are some self-love journaling prompts to inspire you.

Self-Love Journaling Prompts

  • When I look at myself in the mirror, what do I like about my physical appearance?

When you look in the mirror, is there anything in particular you really like about yourself? Reflect on the various parts of your appearance that you choose to embrace. Write at least ten things that come to mind.

  • What does self-love mean to me?

When you hear or see the words “self-love” what comes to mind? For some, it might bring up feelings of self-indulgence, vanity, and even narcissism. However, self-love is not selfish. It is not about what you can get for yourself, but how you can give yourself the care, respect, and concern that you deserve.

  • What are things I can do for myself that would be self-loving?

What does it mean to practice self-love? What are some things you do in particular to show yourself love and gratitude? Reflect on these things and record them in your journal.

  • How does my inner monologue impact my views on myself?

We all have an inner monologue. Whether we’re thinking, speaking or writing words down, there’s a voice in our head that does nothing but talk to us. How does this inner monologue impact your views on yourself?

  • How do I take care of my mind, body, and soul each day?

Taking care of ourselves is more than just eating well. It’s about treating ourselves with kindness and loving our bodies and mind in a healthy way. How do you take care of your mind, body, and soul each day? This may mean different things for different people.

  • What qualities about myself make me feel good?

We all have qualities we like about ourselves, and qualities we dislike. Think of the qualities about yourself that do you like. Write them down and reflect on the reasons you feel the way you do.

  • Think about the things that bring joy to your heart or happiness to your day. What are these things?

Happiness and joy can come from many places. Sometimes it can be something as simple as sitting out on the porch with a friend. Other times, it may be an event or thing that makes you happy. Think on these things for a moment and then write about what makes you happy.

  • Why is it important to practice self-care on a regular basis?

Self-care recharges the body, mind, and spirit. Make time for yourself to do things you enjoy doing, whether it is taking a walk in nature, meditating, anything that gives you happiness. Think of all the reasons it is important to practice self-care and write about those reasons.

  • If someone else saw the way you love yourself, what would they say?

Imagining ourselves from the eyes of a stranger is a great way to change our perspective. What would someone say if they saw the way you practice self-love?

Image quote "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself - Coco Chanel"
  • How does my behavior impact how I treat myself?

It’s amazing how our behavior can affect the way we treat ourselves, for better or for worse. Think of your personal behavior and the effect it has on how you treat yourself.

  • What is something that makes me feel loved?

Everyone has different things that make them feel loved. For example, flowers might be a nice way to say “I love you” to some people, but it’s not for others. Think of what makes you feel loved and write a few reasons why. This is also a good time to think about your love language.

  • When did I last tell myself “I love you”? Why don’t I do this more often?

When was the last time you said “I love you?”. Chances are, it was directed at someone other than yourself.

  • What are three things that I can do to take care of myself today?

This is a great journaling prompt for the morning. Think of three things you can do during the day to show yourself care and love.

  • How does the way other people treat me affect my self-esteem?

Think of how other people treat you and how it affects how you feel about yourself. You can reflect on one person in particular, or several people.

  • What makes me feel unappreciated or undervalued by others?

It may be easy for us to think of all the ways we feel loved and appreciated. But how often do we think of the actions that make us feel unappreciated?

  • What are the things or people in your life right now that add to enhancing my feelings of self-worth?

Some people have a way of making us feel good about ourselves. Take a few moments to reflect on these people, their actions, and how they contribute to your positive self-image.

  • How do you feel when you receive compliments from other people?

Not everyone takes compliments well. Sometimes, they can make us feel awkward or uncomfortable. It is important to remember that you are worthy of positive compliments. How do you feel when someone compliments you?

  • When was the last time someone else’s words made me feel good about myself? What were those words and how did I react?

When someone says something kind to us, it is important to reflect on how those words made us feel. Our reaction also says a lot about us.

  • Why do I think it’s important to feel confident and self-sufficient?

Why is it important to be confident? How much do you value confidence and self-sufficiency?

  • What are the things that I want to say to myself today?

This is another great self-love journaling prompt for the morning. Think of a few things you would like to say to yourself during the day. These can be kind words or affirmations.

  • How does it make me feel when someone tells me they love me?

When someone tells us they love us, we may feel many different emotions. Sometimes, it depends on who is saying these kind words to us. Reflect on how these words make you feel and why.

Image quote "Be enough for yourself first, the rest of the world can wait"
  • When have I been unkind to myself?

It’s easy to remember all the times we are kind to ourselves. Take some time to reflect on the times you were unkind to your body, mind, or soul. How can you avoid this in the future? It may be difficult to revisit these moments.

  • How can being kinder to myself enhance my life?

In what ways does kindness enhance your life? Think of all the ways you have been kind to yourself and the result of these actions.

  • What is the hardest thing that I ever had to do for myself? Why was it so difficult? How did eventually accomplish doing it?

Often, we do not give ourselves enough credit for accomplishing difficult things (especially if we have imposter syndrome). Reflect on a recent accomplishment and write in your journal about how you overcame challenges. Then, give yourself the credit you deserve for accomplishing it.

  • In what ways do I hold myself back from being my best self by not prioritizing myself?

It is not uncommon for us to put up roadblocks which prevent us from being our best self. What do these roadblocks look like for you, and how can you remove them?

  • Think about some of the things that you do for others on a daily basis. How does it make you feel when you give to others?

It is important to spread kindness to others. Take some time to think about how it makes you feel when do something for other people. What are some things you do on a regular basis, big or small?

  • Have I ever been through a particularly challenging time in my life? If so, how did I make it through and build myself back up again?

Everyone goes through challenges in their life. These challenges make us stronger and give us the tools we need to overcome obstacles in the future. Think of a recent challenge you overcame and how you made it through.

  • When was the last time that I went out of my way to do something nice for someone else? How did they react? Was it what I expected?

Going out of our way to do something nice for someone can make us feel good. It can also be interesting to notice the reaction of others and how these reactions make us feel.

  • How do people typically react when they receive a compliment from me? What do my words and actions say about myself as a person?

Giving someone else a compliment does not need to be anything elaborate or fancy. You can compliment the outfit of a stranger if you notice they put extra effort into their appearance. You can compliment the sense of humor of a friend or loved one. How do people react when you compliment them? How does their reaction make you feel?

  • Think of your favorite teacher growing up. What did they do that helped you to feel more confident in yourself?

This teacher may have had a lot of impact on your life. They helped you learn and be more prepared for your future, whether that was high school or college. This teacher may have even helped you realize your passion for a certain field of study, such as biology or history.

Why should you journal for self-love?

When most people think about their self love, they are inclined to believe that they either have low self esteem or lack of confidence. However, the truth is that this is not what being loving towards yourself is at all. Rather, it entails taking time for yourself and valuing your own thoughts so you can better understand yourself.

Self-love is only possible when you are comfortable in your own skin. You need to be able to listen and respect what the people around you want, as well as what you want. If you are always busy with the needs of other people, it will be difficult to have any time for yourself. You need somewhere that you can go to be alone with your thoughts. This is not being selfish, it is being able to have time for the most important person in your life: yourself. You need to have time away from phones, emails, and people in general so you can take a break from reality and just be happy in your own skin.

Journaling is a great way to practice self-love and self-care. It offers an outlet for strong feelings, can help you to better understand and express yourself, and is accessible to everyone. It provides a healthy way for you to process feelings and thoughts that you might otherwise ignore or suppress. Another advantage of journaling is that it gives you room to be creative and talk about your experiences in a unique way. I hope these self-love journaling prompts inspire you to write in your own journal and practice self-love!

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” 

Brené Brown