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3 Journaling Prompts to Learn to Love Yourself

By: Alyssa Trout, Cedar Crest Dietetic Intern

Happy February! As Valentine’s Day approaches, we are surrounded with all things love. There’s no better time than now to practice a little self-care. These 3 journaling prompts can be great to look back on if you're struggling with body image, having a difficult day, or need some help practicing self love. Remember, it’s so important to treat you and your body with love and kindness! 

  1. What Does My Body Allow Me to do? 

Take 10 minutes to list everything that comes to mind. What does your body do for you to enjoy the things you love in life? (Example: My body allows me to go on walks with my dog, my arms allow me to hug loved ones.) i

This can be a great activity to clear your head and shift perspectives during a difficult day. This incorporates a body-neutral mindset, challenging you to accept and care for your body regardless of the outward appearance. Instead, the primary focus comes from a functionality standpoint, helping you to appreciate your body for what it allows you to do. Tip: Keep this list as a simple reminder to shift your perspective during a difficult day. 

  1. An Important Person in My Life

Think of an important person in your life, take a few minutes to write responses to these questions: What are 3 qualities that you love about them? What are 3 reasons they are important to you? What are 3 ways that they positively influence your life?

This prompt is great for when you need a reminder that “Your body is the least interesting thing about you”. As you reflect on what you wrote, what do you notice? Chances are, nothing you wrote referenced someone's physical appearance. The traits you value in a person/friendship come from the qualities within. The same goes for you! You are valued, loved, and appreciated in life based on your inner qualities! 

  1. Relationship with Social Media  

Set a timer for 10 minutes, and scroll on a social media platform of your choice. When the time is up, take a few minutes to reflect:  Did you notice any recurring topic themes on your feed? How do you feel (positive/negative)? If you're experiencing negative feelings, what do you think you can do to change that?

Social media can be an extremely influential tool in life today– for good and bad. There tends to be a negative reputation in regards to it impacting one's mental health and self-esteem. But it doesn't have to be that way! Be intentional with who you follow, and what accounts you choose to be on your feed. Tip: mute any accounts that you feel negatively influence your body image. Follow new accounts that support a HAES, anti-diet, intuitive eating mindset. Following @balancednutritionllc on instagram is a great start!


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