Self Love Affirmations

Self love affirmations can positively impact your self-confidence, self-esteem, personal growth, and wellbeing. As a dietitian, I know it’s easy to think those things would improve with weight loss (or other goals), but that’s not necessarily true. Learning to respect and love yourself first is key. Use these self love affirmations to help grow and nurture your confidence and self-esteem.

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The number one thing that I want you to take away from this article is that you deserve love. You deserve to love yourself as much as you love others. And if the idea of self-love sounds a little out of reach, start small (like with these affirmations) and work towards becoming more neutral and respectful of yourself and your body.

What is Self-Love?

Self-love means that you fully accept yourself. You care for yourself and your growth and wellbeing, and you treat yourself with kindness and respect

Some say that self love can be a bit selfish, but I often see it as more of an equalizer – learning to treat yourself with the same kindness and love that you give to others.

What are Affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements that help you overcome negative, limiting, and self-sabotaging thoughts.

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Are Affirmations Research-Based?

As a science-based, evidence-loving health professional, let me be the first to admit I was a little skeptical about the legitimacy of affirmations.

But when I started looking at some research, there actually is some scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of using positive, self-affirming language. Especially when your affirmations are aligned with your personal values!

There are a few studies that share a bit more about this (1, 2345), but for more information on the science, the benefits, and how affirmations actually work, I HIGHLY recommend reading my popular post on 101 Affirmations About Health.

How to Use Affirmations

Affirmations work by practicing them daily. They can be a mantra you repeat to yourself, or part of a daily journaling habit.

Some tips for using affirmations more effectively include:

  • Keep the affirmation positive with words like positivity, excited, worthy, and strong.
  • Use present tense (i.e. “I am…”).
  • Make affirmations short and sweet.
  • State affirmations as if you’ve already succeeded, like it’s part of your identity (i.e. instead of “I want to appreciate my body,” try, “I appreciate my body”).
  • Surround yourself with affirmations, like in your journal, a vision board, post-its on a mirror or computer, on your phone lock screen, and set as alerts and reminders on your phone or digital calendar.
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Align Your Affirmations to Your Values

Align your affirmations not only to your goals, but also to your values. (In fact, I’d argue that getting clear on your values can be even more helpful when starting a health journey than even setting goals.)

For example, you may have a weight loss goal, but one of your values is acceptance. So try framing your affirmations around accepting yourself.

An Important Reminder About Affirmations

Self-love affirmations can be powerful, but it’s important to remember that they’re just one small piece of the big picture. Affirmations alone are more effective when practiced daily.

But additionally, what’s really effective is consistently practicing taking action that aligns with your affirmations.

Take actions that align with respecting yourself, caring for your body (at any and every size), and nurturing yourself and your physical and mental health.

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Self Love Affirmations

There are many different aspects of self love, but I’m sharing affirmations in few areas: self esteem, confidence, self acceptance. body positivity, peace & happiness, and self-compassion and kindness.

Self Esteem Affirmations

  1. I am worthy.
  2. I am beautiful inside and out.
  3. My personality is amazing.
  4. I deserve love.
  5. I love my life.
  6. Today I choose me.
  7. I love myself for who I am.
  8. I am valuable just as I am.
  9. My opinion of me matters most.
  10. I stay true to myself.
  11. I’m excited about my future.
  12. Being my true self never requires an apology.
  13. I have space to grow.
  14. The relationship with myself is the most important relationship I’ll ever have.
  15. I approve of myself.
  16. I deserve my wildest dreams.

Self Confidence Affirmations

  1. I am strong.
  2. My confidence is strong.
  3. I am confident.
  4. I trust my intuition.
  5. My dreams are within my reach.
  6. I am courageous.
  7. My mind is safe.
  8. I am wildly capable.
  9. I am confident I will achieve my dreams and goals.
  10. Creativity flows through me.
  11. I have the power to change my life.
  12. I have everything I need to succeed.
  13. My fears don’t hold me back.

Self Acceptance Affirmations

  1. Today I choose me.
  2. I am happy with who I’m becoming.
  3. I am proud of who I am.
  4. My mistakes do not define me.
  5. I forgive my past mistakes.
  6. I accept every part of me, imperfections and all.
  7. What I am doing is enough.
  8. I do not need to be fixed.
  9. What I can do is enough.
  10. My best for today is good enough, even if it’s not the same as my best yesterday.
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Positive Body Affirmations

  1. I trust my body.
  2. My body is good.
  3. I am grateful for my body.
  4. My body is my friend.
  5. I choose to care for my body.
  6. My body is relaxed.
  7. I respect my body.
  8. My body is safe.
  9. I respect all that my body has been through.
  10. I choose to nourish my body.
  11. My body deserves care and respect.
  12. I take care of my body so I can feel my best.
  13. My body is beautiful.
  14. I’m grateful for [specific body part].
  15. I respect all that my body has been through.
  16. My worth is not based on my appearance.
  17. I respect my body.
  18. My body is beautiful.
  19. I respect my body’s limitations and know they don’t define me.
  20. Rest is necessary.

Peace & Happiness Affirmations

  1. I am calm.
  2. Peace surrounds me.
  3. I deserve love.
  4. I choose happiness.
  5. Stress is leaving my body and mind.
  6. I deserve joy.
  7. Calmness is my choice.
  8. I deserve peace.
  9. This situation is temporary.
  10. My reaction is my choice.
  11. I let go of what I cannot control.
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Self-Compassion & Kindness Affirmations

  1. Kindness always makes a difference.
  2. I forgive.
  3. I am kind.
  4. Kindness is my choice.
  5. I act with kindness.
  6. Just because I have a thought doesn’t mean it’s true.
  7. I think kind thoughts.
  8. I forgive myself.
  9. Negativity does not serve me.
  10. I am enough.
  11. Imperfections are not flaws.
  12. My imperfections make me who I am.
  13. I am free to be myself.
  14. My life doesn’t need to be perfect to be perfect for me.
  15. I speak kindness over myself.
  16. I deserve to be prioritized.
  17. Setting boundaries is essential.
  18. I surround myself with people who love me for me.
  19. I deserve to be cared for the same way I care for others.

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