With just a blink of an eye, February has arrived, which means that Valentine's Day is right around the corner!
Valentine's Day isn't just an exclusive holiday for those in romantic relationships. Instead, it's a day for you to show some extra love and appreciation for all those you care about, be it romantic, platonic or familial.
This February 14, you should pamper yourself the way you would to someone else, and treat yourself to some self-care and self-love.
Why you should practice self-love
It may sound self-indulgent, and even selfish, to love yourself, but self-love is more than that. Self-love is about embracing your flaws, being compassionate to yourself, celebrating your unique strengths and talents and more!
What's more, practicing self-love has many benefits for both your body and your mind.
1. Greater confidence
A lack of confidence often stems from being too judgmental of ourselves, nitpicking our flaws and overthinking out mistakes. But when you practice self-love, you'll learn to become more forgiving of yourself, and to accept our unique imperfections and strive to improve on our flaws.
In turn, people that love themselves are more confident and self-assured.
2. Encourages personal growth and self-improvement
Self-love isn't about blindly accepting your flaws and refusing to make improvements to yourself. On the contrary, practicing self-love has the opposite effect!
Loving yourself also means acknowledging your flaws and areas of improvement in your life. Coupled with your growing confidence, you'll have the strength to tackle these flaws in a more constructive manner!
3. Become a happier person
Of course, learning to be at peace with yourself allows you to become a happier person. When you let go of your negative self-talk, self-doubt and self-criticism with the power of self-love, happiness and positivity will naturally follow suit.
4. Allows you to build happier & healthier relationships
Who says that self-love only has personal benefits? When you learn to love yourself, your relationships improve in turn. Growing to be more at peace with yourself means that you'll have more energy to extend love, care and concern to the people around you!
The power of affirmations
There are many ways to practice self-love, and using positive affirmations is one of them! Positive affirmations are statements and phrases that you repeat to challenge negative thoughts and encourage positive changes in your life.
Repeating these statements may seem silly at first, but words have power. Think of positive affirmations as brain exercises; they can help you reprogram your thinking patterns into more positive ones over time.
So, why not use Valentine's Day as a starting point for your self-love positive affirmations? And here — we'll even help you out by giving you these 40 self-love affirmations to get you started.
40 Powerful self-love affirmations for Valentine's Day
- I am perfect, just the way I am
- I am constantly growing, evolving and becoming my best self
- I am a constant work in progress
- I am proud of who I am becoming
- I am learning to love myself more everyday
- I accept my failures, but they do not define me
- I am not less for making mistakes. I am more because I learn from them.
- My goal is progress, not perfection
- I am worthy of love, with my flaws and all
- I will treat myself with the kindness of a friend
- My imperfections make me unique
- I will not apologize for being me
- I will set my boundaries and reinforce them
- My body does not determine my worth
- I will accept my body the way it is today
- I care for my health, not for my body to look a certain way
- I am grateful for this mind, body and soul
- One bad day does not make me a bad person
- I will send love to my worries and doubts
- I will let go of things that no longer serve me
- I choose to let go of people, things and mindsets that hold me back
- I will let go of feelings of guilt and negativity, for they do not serve me
- I do not expect myself to be perfect
- I will live my life for myself, not for others
- I will accept any and all compliments with grace
- I am just as deserving of love as anyone else
- I practice self-compassion when I do not succeed
- I do not need anyone to feel worthy
- I trust in my ability to make it through difficult times
- My life is full of opportunities for success and happiness
- I will love myself so that I can love others more
- I forgive others, as this serves my inner peace
- I am deeply loved by the people around me
- My worth is not tied to how much I get done
- I choose to fill my life with love and joy
- Today, I choose to focus on me
- I am beautiful inside and out
- I am letting go of judgement and criticism of myself and others
- I am a unique gift to the world
- I will cherish my relationship with myself
Journaling and positive affirmations
There are several ways you can practice positive self-love affirmations. You can repeat the statements out loud (usually when looking into a mirror), think of the statement while meditating, or write it in your digital diary!
Unlike the other two methods, however, writing your positive self-love affirmations in a diary creates a record of your self-love journey! It's something that you can look back on for nostalgia, or when you're feeling down.
With a digital diary app like Journey, you can even take and attach pictures or videos to your self-love affirmations of the day!
And if you're in need of more resources to help you along your self-love journey, why not enroll in one of our Journey Coach programs? These are daily journal prompt programs that are thoughtful yet quick, and there are a variety of topics to choose from — including self-love.
We hope that you can give yourself the love that you deserve, starting from this Valentine's Day and beyond!