Learning how to love ourselves requires healing and intentionality. For too long society, sometimes even those closest to us, try to define what is “wrong” with our hair, our curves, or even the way we speak. Their words are not truth. We are a part of God’s intentional design. This Self-love 21-day journal challenge helps you focus on the condition of your heart, your mind, and your body.
It’s vital we learn loving ourselves isn’t selfish and it’s not prideful. When we have a healthy view of self-love, we are we are better able to serve our families and our communities.
This self-love 21 day journaling challenge is easy to do. With one journaling prompt a day, you can easily add this challenge to your daily routine. One prompt will take you about 10 minutes a day.
If you are trying to figure out if you have the time for this challenge, the answer is yes. We make time for what we value—it’s really just that simple. To continue growing and healing then we must be intentional in carving out time in our schedules to do the work.
Okay let’s talk about how to make the most of this journaling challenge.
Effective Journaling tips
There is something powerful about writing out your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Using this journal challenge you will help focus on what to write, help you with writing consistently, and give you clear direction.
A few of my effective journaling tips to get the most out of this journaling challenge are:
- Use a timer. Write what you can during that time and walk away
- Embrace the mess. When doing this journaling challenge, focus on what you are feeling and thinking not if it perfect, neat, or grammatically correct.
- Set the atmosphere: When you journal, pick a relaxing spot. Use your favorite candles or comforting music in the background.
Let’s get started. This journaling challenge is separated by weeks. Each week includes a focus, seven journal prompts and scripture. We encourage you to meditate, memorize, and use the scripture to guide your prayer time. A part of having a healthy view of self-love is realizing how greatly we are loved by God. We are already loved, it’s important we live that way.
How to prepare for the journaling challenge?
How you prepare to begin this journaling challenge will have a big impact in your success. Think about why you want to do this self-love journaling challenge at this season of your life. When do you plan to journal? Where will you journal? Failing to plan is planning to fail. Be intentional and remember to enjoy this journey. Some journaling prompts will be easier to answer and others will challenge you to dig deep. Keep showing up and don’t give up.
Week 1: My Heart
During week one we are focused on the heart. What you believe in your heart impacts what you think, what you say and what you do. Many of our views of self-love are rooted by our upbringing, relationships, society, and experiences. Use this week to remove any clutter interrupting your ability to show yourself healthy self-love.
Day 1: What you do you love about yourself?
Day 2: How has your childhood impacted how you love yourself?
Day 3: What limiting beliefs prevent you from showing yourself unconditional love?
Day 4: How does a healthy view of self-love help you serve others well?
Day 5: Finish the statement: I forgive myself for _______.
Day 6: How can you guard your heart during difficulty seasons?
Day 7: What makes you feel loved?
Scripture: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Week 2: My Mind
Your thoughts are indicators to what you are feeling and what you believe to be true about yourself in the moment. The journey toward healing and self-love requires us to acknowledge our thoughts, identify the root of your actions, then reframe your truth. Every journey is different. Building a lifestyle of healthy thinking is a process of transformation. Be gentle with your progress.
Day 8: Describe a time you felt proud of yourself.
Day 9: Write three affirmations to foster more feelings of self-love.
Day 10: How are you holding yourself back from being your best self?
Day 11: What is one negative thought you replay about yourself? How can you reframe it?
Day 12: Write down one good habit you are going to continue to work on today.
Day 13: What self-care practices can you incorporate into your daily life to love yourself more?
Day 14: What would your make your teenage self-proud of you now?
Scripture: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14
Week 3: My Body
This week we are focusing on our bodies. Many of us have lived with hearing people tell us about the “too”. You know—too fat, too big, too tall, hair too curly, skin too dark, skin too light, and the list could go on and on. When we take time to acknowledge how our views and the views of others impact how we talk about our bodies, then we can begin to heal and reframe our thinking. Our bodies are strong, capable, and amazing.
Day 15: What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Day 16: What is one quality you love about yourself?
Day 17: What is one habit you need to change to take better care of yourself?
Day 18: Write a thank you letter to your body.
Day 19: How are you treading your body with honor and love?
Day 20: How does stress impact how you show yourself love?
Day 21: List five self-love habits you plan to start or continue.
Scripture: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Yay! You made it. You completed our Self-love 21 Day journaling challenge. You spent 21 days reflecting, uprooting, healing, and growing. Use this time to reflect on any changes or shifts in your mindset as you completed our self-love journal challenge.
Remember, growth in an inside job. It starts with you. Whether you are just starting your self-love journey or using this challenge as a self-love tune-up, I hope this is a healthy step toward a life of wholeness.
Cheering you on,