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61 Self Love Affirmations + The 7 Day Self Love Challenge

61 Self Love Affirmations + The 7 Day Self Love Challenge

When I set out to write about self love, my first reaction was a flood of everything NOT self love. Self doubt. Fear. Impostor Syndrome. I thought, “How can I tell people how to have self love, when I’m not even sure that I have any myself?”

But that is exactly why we at Passion Planner believe self love is so important to talk about. We live in a society that fattens up then feeds on our insecurities. Loving ourselves is a radical journey that will take us through our entire lives. 

Today, we are celebrating that journey with:

  • A 7 Day Self Love Challenge
  • 61 Self Love Affirmations
  • And our thoughts on all things self love!

What is Self Love 

Believe me, if I knew THE answer, I would tell you all about it! The truth is that each one of us will constantly define and redefine our unique understanding of what self love means for us. That said, my (current, ever-evolving, moving target) self love definition is this: 

Self love is the understanding that no one knows me like I know me. I am the only person on this Earth who can know the full beauty and depth of my spirit. 

Self love is a commitment to expand, explore, protect, and honor that knowledge, so that I may give the gift of Me to the world.

Why is Love Important (Even For Yourself)

To answer this, let me expand on that last part of my Self Love definition: “So that I may give the gift of Me to the world.” 

Each one of us has unique gifts and experiences to offer, but we have created a society hardwired to make us forget our worth. It tells us to be thinner but also thicc-er, to speak our minds, but not too loudly. To be smarter, sexier, richer… It tells us we are always lacking.

We often wonder how to achieve self love, whether tying it to being productive or waiting for that 'one thing' that will finally allow us to embrace ourselves as we are. But really, that IS love: it’s the vulnerable, critical act of revealing our most genuine selves. It reminds us that we are worthy of being seen, despite all the noise that tells us otherwise.

The 7 Day Self Love Challenge

So that’s all well and good, but how do we actually build this self love, this unwavering belief in our own worth? And then when we do, how do we hang on to it in a world that wants to take it from us? 

One of the most effective tools for cultivating self love is journaling. Wherever you are in your journey, intentional journaling can help you build, strengthen, and celebrate your self love. 

For the next week, we challenge you to open up your Passion Planner and follow the journaling prompts of this love yourself challenge. 

Day 1: What do I love about myself?

Let’s start the week with a bit of a benchmark test: List 5 things you love about yourself. Come on, we know you can do it!

Day 2: What have other people done for me that made me feel loved?

Even though we’re highlighting our self relationship, sometimes it’s easier to recognize love in our external relationships, especially when we’re exploring these self love questions for the first time. 

When was the last time you felt really seen and loved by someone? How did they show their love for you? How did it make you feel?

Day 3: How do I take care of myself?

Now let’s take some of those acts of love we identified yesterday, and ask: How can I do those same things for myself? 

Think of it like one of those takeout menus you keep in your kitchen drawer - pull it out and remember your self care checklist when you’re not sure if you need a face mask, a call with a friend, or (literally) a big takeout order.

Pro Tip: Grab your Self Care Sticker Book and make this page one you’ll want to revisit often!

Day 4: What am I blaming myself for?

This is where I’m going to ask you to dig a little deep. I once asked this as a rhetorical question (think flailing arms, yelling at the sky vibes), but realized that this was an important thing to identify before I could progress toward self love. 

What self-deprecating thoughts keep coming up in your day-to-day? What negative memories, experiences, and feelings are you hanging on to? What would you need to do to let them go?

Day 5: How do I want to speak to myself?

I credit this one to my therapist, who once asked me, “Where did you learn to talk to yourself that way?” 

I am reviving the word “shook” just to say that I was SHOOK - I realized that I was so used to putting myself down it never occurred to me that (like literally everything else we do!) I had to learn it from somewhere. We don’t come out of the womb knowing how to be mean to ourselves, just like we don’t come into the world knowing how to crawl. 

Where did your self blaming, self deprecating, and other negative self talk come from? How do you want to start speaking to yourself from now on?

Day 6: What have I overcome to be who I am today?

My guess: a lot of stuff! But let’s just start with one challenge that you’re proud to have tackled, and that helped you become who you are now. Our most formative experiences are often ones that don’t feel so awesome in the moment. But when we look back on our trials with hindsight, and recognize that they’re really, truly behind us, it’s hard not to feel a sense of “Oh yeah… I did THAT.”

Day 7: What do I love about myself now?

At the end of your 7 Days of Self Love Challenge, circle back to the beginning. Add at least 5 more things to your original list. Or 50. Go off!

Did your self love thoughts come to you easier than they did at the beginning of the week? How do you feel looking back on your previous week of journal entries?

60+ Self Love Affirmations

And when all else fails, there’s a mantra for THAT! No matter how good we get at this self love thing, we can all use a reminder once in a while. Affirmations for self esteem, affirmations for self worth, confidence affirmations… you name it, we have one for you here!

Affirmations for Self Love

Everything That You Are is Enough Sticker

Above: Sticker from Self-Care Sticker Book

  1. I love myself. 
  2. Everything I need is already inside of me. 
  3. I am proud of who I am.
  4. I deserve the love in my life.
  5. I accept all aspects of my being.
  6. The beauty of the world is reflected in me. 
  7. I thank myself for all that I have lived through.
  8. I am complete in my own company.
  9. I speak to myself with love and kindness.
  10. I will speak my own Love Language to myself.
  11. I am enough.

Affirmations for Confidence

"Boldly and Unapologetically Take Up Space" Sticker

Above: Sticker from Women's Empowerment Sticker Book

  1. The world needs the gifts that I have to give.
  2. I am exactly who I am supposed to be at this moment in time.
  3. I know what I’m talking about. 
  4. What I have to say is worthy of being heard. 
  5. I see, know, and honor the good in me.
  6. I belong in the spaces that I occupy. 
  7. I am proud of myself no matter the outcome.
  8. My younger self would be ecstatic to see me.
  9. I am my ancestors’ dream come true. 
  10. I am the main character of my own life.

Affirmations for Anxiety

"It Will Be Okay" Sticker

Above: Sticker from Self-Care Sticker Book

  1. I will survive this moment, as I have survived them all before. 
  2. I choose the thoughts that I accept.
  3. I choose the feelings that I accept. 
  4. I am in the driver’s seat.
  5. I see my fears, and I release them. 
  6. My courage is greater than my anxiety. 
  7. I am wanted in the spaces I occupy. 
  8. I trust the process.
  9. I am safe in my mind and body.
  10. I extend to myself the same grace I give to others.

Affirmations for Success

"Heart Work Over Hard Work" Sticker

Above: Sticker from Women's Empowerment Sticker Book

  1. My success is inevitable. 
  2. My potential is limitless.
  3. All of my hopes and dreams are within reach.
  4. I am worthy of the good things that come to me. 
  5. All the universe is conspiring to help me. (Thanks, Paulo Coehlo)
  6. I trust the timing of my journey.
  7. I shape my own destiny.
  8. I have everything that I need to succeed.
  9. All of my experiences have prepared me for this moment.
  10. I trust my instincts.

Affirmations for Health

"I Deserve Rest" Sticker

Above: Sticker from Women's Empowerment Sticker Book

  1. I thank my body for walking me through all my life.
  2. I thank the Earth for its nourishment. 
  3. My body carries me through everything.
  4. I trust my body to know what it needs.
  5. I love my body unconditionally. 
  6. I honor and protect my mind and body. 
  7. I am a friend to my mind and body.
  8. My body houses, shelters, and protects me. 
  9. I am worthy of wellness.
  10. I am overflowing with aliveness.

Affirmations for Healing

"You Are Loved" Couch Pillow Sticker

Above: Sticker from Self-Care Sticker Book

  1. I am on a beautiful journey.
  2. I have overcome every obstacle that I have ever faced, and...
  3. I will overcome every obstacle that comes my way.
  4. I grow through all that I go through.
  5. I thank all of the past versions of myself for bringing me here. 
  6. I am the writer of my own story.
  7. I deserve healing. 
  8. The past is in the past, and I live in the beauty of the present.
  9. I choose how I speak to myself.
  10. I am grateful for who I am becoming.

More Self Love Exercises

And just because I LOVE talking to you about self love, here are a few honorable mention self love and self care exercises. 

  1. Set a Sacred Solo day each week. We all know quality time with those you love is great - do the same thing for you. 
  2. Take care of thy temple. Whether it means dressing to the nines or just making sure to take a shower today, your body carries you through love and life - take care of it!
  3. Learn what others have to say about mental health, body image, and whatever aspects of self love you want to hone in on. Hunger by Roxane Gay is one I’ve been wanting to revisit!
  4. Practice talking about your feelings. Letting others know how you feel has the underlying effect of teaching yourself that your feelings are worth hearing (and worth loving). Fellow Aquarii, I’m talking to YOU right now!
  5. Daydream, plan, work toward, and believe in your goals. Nothing says “I love you, Self” like investing in your hopes and dreams.

Okay, seriously… self love isn’t always easy, friends! The highs are high, the lows are low, and it can sometimes feel like we’re starting from zero. 

The good news: you’ve already been putting the work in for your entire life! Even in times when love is the farthest thing we’re feeling toward ourselves, we are always collecting the experiences and lessons that will ultimately bring us to our highest, most self-loving selves.

Free Printable Self Care Worksheet!

Free Self Care Printable Worksheet PDF

Above: Free Self Care Reflection PDF

Want to add a Self Care Challenge to your self love journey? Download and fill out our free Self Care Reflection PDF, then let us know your favorite self love exercise in the comments below!

Author Bio

Wendy Sigler is Passion Planner’s resident Sometimes-Copywriter. When she’s not pondering love and life on this blog, she’s probably doing it on her podcast Before the Fern Dies. Follow her on Instagram @wendylin.h to see what she’s cooking up next!
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