9 Daily Affirmations for Self-Love and Self-Confidence

A proud and happy woman looking in the mirror

We should all love ourselves. Self-love is a prerequisite for inner happiness, personal fulfillment, and respect from others. Don't doubt yourself, and don't compare yourself to others. Make healthy choices in life and be the best version of yourself.

This website displays a different list of affirmations for self-love every day. The daily affirmations on this page will help you learn to love yourself. When you lack self-love or self-confidence, repeat the affirmation that speaks to you.

A proud and happy woman looking in the mirror

I am forgiving and releasing everyone.

My body is relaxed. My mind is calm. My soul is at peace.

All of my relationships are healthy because they are based in love and compassion.

I speak kindly of others.

I can do anything.

It is safe for me to let go of old habits.

I am successful in whatever I do.

I enjoy life to the fullest.

I live a positive life and only attract the best in my life.

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What is Self-Love and Why Is It So Important?

Self-love means taking care of your own needs, and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. Self-love means not settling for less than you deserve. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-love as an appreciation of one's own worth or virtue.

Self-love is NOT about vanity, selfishness, narcissistic egotism or unwarranted pride. Real self-love is much deeper than the usual surface-level stuff. It is about self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-compassion, and about developing a core set of values, which creates an unshakeable foundation and deep intimacy that can come only from knowing yourself.

Self-love is the key to happiness and a prerequisite for living a fulfilling life. That's because our inner world creates our outer world and determines the degree of our satisfaction. You can receive love and respect from others, but you need to love and respect yourself first. If you don't learn and cultivate self-love, you are more vulnerable to depression, bitterness, anxiety, resentment, isolation and unhappiness.

Self-love is the practice of understanding, embracing, and showing compassion for yourself. You should observe your actions, thoughts and words with compassion, as if you were your own best friend. Cultivating self-love is a lifelong process; it is a journey. The first step to improvement begins with awareness of the lack of self-love. The, there are many ways to increase your self-love. One way is to repeat positive affirmations for self-love, feel them in your heart, and combine them with concrete actions in life.

Why use affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. The purpose of using affirmations is to create positive change. Repeating affirmations should become your primary tool to change your negative thinking patterns and reprogram your subconscious mind.

Some studies have found that 95% of the time our thoughts are guided by the subconscious mind, which produces a lot of negative thoughts. The reason for these negative thoughts is that our subconscious mind has been influenced by past traumatic events. Also, evolution has left humans with a tendency to pay attention to the negative rather than the positive, because survival depends upon immediately identifying and quickly reacting to life threats.

The basic idea is to "reprogram" the subconscious mind with positive thoughts, but it's not quite that simple. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, reprogramming can be done in two ways: when the brain is in the theta state (induced by hypnosis, meditation, or naturally occurring right before falling asleep and right after waking up); or, by persistently repeating things until they form a habit. Dr. Lipton thus recommends listening to meditations/affirmations at bedtime with headphones on to take advantage of the theta state.

While awake, we can focus on creating healthy habits, by repeating positive affirmations and actions until they become second nature to us.

How to apply affirmations in real life?

Follow these steps:

  • Prioritize what you want to change.
  • Choose affirmations according to these priorities. If the affirmation is too unrealistic, start with a milder form: for example, instead of saying "I love myself", say "I am in the process of loving myself".
  • Repeat affirmations in your mind and at the same time believe in them, feel them, and support them with real actions.
  • Stay in the conscious mind and be mindful. Stay positive and proactive in actions. Feeling and actions must always be in line with positive affirmations. By consciously creating positive feelings, you can fool the brain, your subconscious mind, into believing it to be true. As a result, your emotions will change (according to Psychology Today emotions are unconscious processes) and various biochemical reactions in the body will begin. Through concrete actions, you will start to believe that you can change things for the better and that you are capable, and worthy of self-love.
  • Be committed. Repeat these steps until the affirmations become a true habit.

In addition, you can:

  • Listen to positive affirmations with your headphones before you go to sleep (Theta Brain State).
  • Surround yourself with positive people who support you and believe in you.
  • Be committed to persistence and positive change.

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What famous people have said about affirmations?

Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu