Just like healthy eating nourishes our body, self love nourishes our soul. If you want to be happy and successful, it is crucial that you learn to love yourself unconditionally, and take care of your mental health.
I have created a list of fifty mantras, or affirmations, that will help you do exactly that. At the end of the post you will also find a link to download a free PDF version of the whole list. Let’s now have a look at the importance of self love, and how mantras can help with that.
The importance of self love
Everything starts with you. Until you become your own best friend, it doesn’t matter how many self help books you read, or how many therapy sessions you take — they won’t be very helpful if you don’t love yourself in the first place.
One of the ironies of modern society is that as human beings have access to more opportunities, and as it becomes increasingly easier to live a truly fulfilling existence, many seem to forget that they have to take care of the basics before they go and chase anything external.
For example, there is an increasing number of people who spend a lot of time and energy acquiring material possessions, not because they need them, but simply because they haven’t learned to change their emotions in any other way.
Until you have a poor self image, you are going to have to feed that self image with external things — material objects, other people’s opinions, your career, your followers on social media, and so on.
Conversely, when you practice self love and make it a habit, you realize that you matter, and that you deserve the best in life, regardless of what other people think about you (or what you think they think about you, which is actually what happens most of the time).
As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that.— Nic Sheff
What are mantras, and how do they work?
The term mantra is made of two separate words: man, which means mind, and tra, which means vehicle. Mantras are, then, a tool to direct and transport our mind toward a different state. Originally, mantras were used to facilitate yoga practices; students would chant or silently repeat sacred words, and that would help them shift their awareness.
Today, the word mantra doesn’t just refer to meditation, but also words or phrases that are repeated frequently. If you are learning to love yourself, and you need to condition your mind to do so, you can think of mantras as positive affirmations — statements you repeat over and over again until your subconscious surrenders to them.
The more frequently you use the following mantras, and the more focused your mind is when you repeat them, the sooner you will notice their effects. It takes time to change your mindset, so don’t expect this to work overnight — although you may feel better even after a single session.
50 mantras for self love
- I love myself unconditionally
- I am beautiful; I am intelligent; I am strong
- I put myself first
- I have the power to heal myself
- I am more than enough
- I am whole
- Happiness and fulfilment are my priorities in life
- I treat myself as I would treat my best friend
- I engage in positive self talk because it makes me happy
- I am worthy of every desire of my heart
- My self image is unshakable
- I deserve the best
- I deserve to be loved and admired just like anybody else
- I take care of myself
- I may have negative thoughts about myself from time to time, but these thoughts are not my identity
- Self care is not selfish; me time is not a waste of time
- I embrace positivity
- I am at peace with who I am
- I choose to believe in myself
- I celebrate all my small wins
- I spend my time with those who love, support, and encourage me
- I respect myself and others respect me
- I am blessed
- I have a beautiful inner world
- I am guided by the higher version of myself
- I am becoming the best version of myself
- I choose happiness
- I choose self love
- I don’t give in to darkness
- I matter
- I am perfect as I am now
- Toxic people do not deserve to be in my life
- I am kind to myself
- I take care of my mental, physical, and spiritual health
- I am proud
- I am courageous and confident
- I let go of perfectionism
- I accept myself for who I am
- My life is a miracle
- I cultivate positive thinking
- I don’t need anyone’s permission to love myself
- I never compare myself to others; I compare myself to the old me
- My needs and desires are important
- I listen to my body and to my intuition
- I feel peace and joy
- I am capable of getting what I want in life
- I am special
- I forgive myself
- I attract good things into my life
- I protect my mental energy
Thank you for reading this article! As promised, here is the link to download the list: