Self-love is a term you’ve probably heard thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Self-love is the act of caring for and valuing yourself. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are, setting boundaries, and making choices that are in line with your own happiness and wellbeing. While self-love may seem like a simple concept, it’s something that many of us struggle with. A lack of self-love can lead to feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, and even depression.

The good news is that self-love is something that can be cultivated. By making a conscious effort to show yourself kindness and compassion, you can start to change the way you feel about yourself. And one of the best ways to do this is through the use of affirmations for self-love.

What Are Affirmations?

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Affirmations are positive statements that you say to yourself either out loud or in your head. Affirmations are important because they help shift your focus from the negative to the positive.

If you’re used to thinking negatively about yourself, it can be difficult to break that habit. But by repeating affirmations that are focused on self-love and acceptance, you can begin to change the way you think and eventually how you feel.

Not sure where to start? Here are some affirmations for self-love to help get you started.

88 Positive Affirmations for Self-love

Here are daily affirmations for self-love:

Self-love Affirmations For Forgiveness

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Forgiving yourself or others can be really tough, but it’s so important for your mental and emotional wellbeing. If you’re having trouble forgiving someone (or yourself), here are some affirmations that might help.

1. I let go of the things that are out of my control.

2. My mistakes do not define me.

3. I release the guilt and negativity that doesn’t serve me.

4. I let go of all the criticism and self-hate holding me back.

5. My mistakes have made me a stronger person, and I learn and grow from them every day.

6. I am my own safe space.

7. I give myself space to express my feelings and emotions when I need to.

8. My past does not define my future, and I am at peace with it.

9. I forgive myself for my past mistakes.

10. I am doing the best I can, and that is enough.

11. I give myself room and permission to heal.

Loving Affirmations For Body Confidence And Self-Worth

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If you’re working on improving your body confidence, these affirmations might help. Remember, everyone is beautiful in their own way!

12. I love my body just the way it is.

13. My relationship with my body is not influenced by outside standards or opinions.

14. I cherish and respect my body as it is the vessel that houses my soul.

15. I am comfortable and confident in my own skin.

16. I fill my life with things that make me feel good, including food, movement, and self-care.

17. My worth is not measured by the size or shape of my body.

18. I love taking care of myself and my body.

19. I appreciate my body for all it does for me.

20. I am grateful for my strong and healthy body.

21. I treat my body with kindness, respect, and love.

Self-Love Affirmations For Happiness

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If you’re looking for some general self-love affirmations to help you feel happier and more content, these might be a good place to start.

22. I am worthy of love and respect, including from myself.

23. I am enough just as I am.

24. I approve of myself just as I am.

25. I treat myself with kindness and compassion.

26. I am grateful for who I am and what I have.

27. I love myself just as I am.

28. I forgive myself for my mistakes.

29. I am worthy of happiness and contentment.

30. My happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything else.

31. I choose thoughts and activities that are good for my mental and emotional wellbeing

 32. I am worthy of having friends and deep connections with others.

33. I am proud of the woman I’ve become.

34. I’m worthy of all the good that comes to me.

35. I wake up grateful and overwhelmed with love for myself each morning.

36. The love I have for myself is unlimited.

37. I am the coolest person I know.

38. I have a lot to offer this world. I am a gift.

39. I treat myself with the same kindness I’d show to a friend.

Self-love Affirmations For Success And Work

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Negativity can sometimes creep in when you strive for success in your job, education, or personal life. This often comes in the form of imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is that little voice in your head saying things like, “You’re not good enough” or “You don’t deserve this.” But you are good enough and you do deserve it! Here are some affirmations to help clear all your negative thoughts:

40. Creativity and good ideas flow through me on a daily basis.

41. I am capable of achieving my dreams.

42. I am confident in my ability to achieve my goals and accomplish my dreams.

43. I am worthy of big dreams and audacious goals.

44. My fears do not hold me back from going after the things I love.

45. I have limitless potential.

46. I believe in myself.

47. I am designed to win at what I put my mind to.

48. I am equipped to overcome any challenge that comes my way.

49. I am in control of my actions.

50. My creativity heals me and those around me.

51. I am created to succeed in life and accomplish wonderful things.

52. I push through when things get tough because I know I’m worthy of success and prosperity.

53. I strive for progress, not perfection.

54. I trust my gut and follow my intuition.

55. I possess the power I need to create my future.

56. I enjoy my life and actively seek out ways to make it better.

57. I have the power to change my destiny.

Self-love Affirmations For Being Yourself

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Being yourself can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do – but it’s also one of the most rewarding. If you’re on a journey to loving yourself more, here are some affirmations that might help.

58. I love being myself and cherish my uniqueness.

59. I approve of myself just as I am.

60. I am comfortable in my own skin.

61. I am proud of the person I’ve become.

62. I do not shrink or change myself for others. I show up just as I am.

63. The only opinion I value is my own. I don’t worry about what others think of me.

64. I live my life for me. Not others.

65. I express my true self without hesitation.

66. I stay true to myself because I’m worthy just as I am.

68. I am 100% myself around others, always.

69. I do not apologize for being myself.

70. I let my light shine bright for all to see.

71. All of my flaws make me who I am – and I love who I am.

72. I am confident in who I am.

Loving Affirmations To Beat Anxiety

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Anxiety is something a lot of people struggle with, and it can be tough to manage. If you’re looking for some self-love affirmations to help ease your anxiety, here are a few to help clear those negative emotions:

73. I am safe at this very moment. I am becoming stronger every second. I am gradually opening up to feel inner peace.

74. I am surrounded by love and care.

75. The people in my life want what’s best for me.

76. I am not alone.

77. Everything is going to be okay.

78. I breathe in peace and exhale anxiety.

79. I am allowed to make mistakes, and I will learn from them.

80. My body is healthy and whole.

81. I am in the driver’s seat of my own life.

82. I am strong enough to handle whatever comes my way.

83. I am loved unconditionally, just as I am.

84. I give myself permission to relax and take care of myself.

85. My anxiety does not control me – I control my anxiety.

86. I am in charge of my thoughts and emotions.

87. I am calm and at peace.

88. I deserve happiness I let go of negative self talk I am whole

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Positive Self Love Affirmations

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Now that you know what affirmations are and why they’re important, it’s time to put them into action. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your affirmations:

1. Choose affirmations that resonate with you. If an affirmation doesn’t feel true or helpful, don’t use it.

2. Repeat your affirmations often. The more you say them, the more likely you are to believe them.

3. Write your affirmations down and put them somewhere you’ll see them often. This could be on sticky notes around your house, in your journal, or even on your phone as a screensaver.

4. Say your affirmations out loud. Hearing the words can help them sink in better than just thinking them silently to yourself.

5. Pair your affirmations with positive visualizations. When you repeat your affirmations, close your eyes and visualize yourself embodying the qualities you’re affirming. For example, if you’re repeating the affirmation “I am confident,” picture yourself standing tall with your shoulders back and head held high.

6. Be patient. It takes time to change the way you think and feel about yourself, but if you keep at it, eventually, your affirmations will become part of your belief system.

Conclusion

Self-love is so important for a happy and healthy life. If you’re looking for some inspiration to help you on your journey to self-love, I hope these affirmations were helpful. Remember, be patient with yourself, repeat your affirmations often, and choose ones that resonate with you. With time and practice, you’ll get there.

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