I’ve been agonising over whether to produce a post of self love and confidence poems for you.
Wanting to do it for ages!
Battling the eternal self-talk of ‘no one wants to read them’ and ‘why bother? No one’s listening.’
But, y’know, times are a-changin’.
Europe as we know it is very different now than it was just 12 short weeks ago.
Stuff is happening lightening fast.
Maybe we all need a self-love and confidence boost? That’s my reasoning for this post today.
Poems about self love and confidence
Did you know I’m a poet in my spare time? Yup!
Poetry for me has a wonderful healing element, and I write it quicker than the time it takes to boil the kettle (I’m being serious).
Plus, truth bomb!
I have a Google Doc clogging up my hard drive with well over 5 years worth of poetry to share.
So, here goes. I hope you enjoy them.
These are handpicked to be confidence and self-love boosters. The one below is the first poem I wrote many years ago now.
I was travelling at the time, hence the context.
Whether it’s a short poem, a powerful poem or a long poem, poetry can deepen our awareness the moment we read it.
I honestly believe we’re all poets underneath our layers of fear and self-doubt.
A positive affirmation here or hard work there probably won’t do cut it – but a good poem will. A poem can shake you – and motivate you in many cases.
And – a poem makes you appreciate what you have in life, rather than focusing on the bits you don’t have.
How can a poem help your self esteem and self confidence, you may wonder?
It’s all to do with what you struggle with yourself.
For me, I’ve always been somewhat scared to be my true self.
I come across as confident, but there are times when I’m terrified, yet I push through anyway.
Push past fear – that’s the only way.
I summon my inner strength and tell myself that I’ll never know what other people are thinking about me, so why worry?
It’s out of my control.
I used to be so worried about not being liked or having people think I’m fake.
That I used to act fake to try and get people to like me!
How sad is that?!
Sometimes, we need some short love poems in our lives to get us out of a negative thought loop (aka overthinking).
I write mostly about motherhood love because that love to me is the purest there is.
Until you’ve experienced the love for your own child, say nothing.
Enjoy romantic love, but parental love is somewhat indescribable, although I have attempted to describe it in this poem here.
Amongst beautiful poems and the personal stories behind them, self-love poems can truly lift a person up.
In motherhood, a woman can lose a sense of who she is, partly because of her new responsibilities as a parent, but also because she doesn’t recognise herself.
Her body has changed, as has her mind in many ways.
I wrote this poem for every mother who has battled with her post-baby body. Allow this to revel in your amazing body and say goodbye to self esteem issues.
We often think of self love poems and self-esteem poems as only positive. Full of uplifting, energising, fuzzy wuzzy words to read to ourselves.
But I think a more powerful love letter to ourselves is when we read the truth.
When we acknowledge wholeheartedly the truth of our own life. The truth of the situation. The truth of where we’re at and how we feel.
Only when we acknowledge the truth can we in turn, change our approach to it and therefore change the situation we’re in.
Such as this poem here about a mother’s perspective.
There are many famous poets out there.
I am not listing famous poems here, because these are my poems – and I’m not famous.
But one day, who knows?
If you don’t try, you’re destined to fail. If you try, there’s always a chance, no matter how small.
Ultimately, it all comes down to today.
So much time is wasted through bad times, fear of the unknown, the judgement plague, etc.
Rupi Kaur is one of the best poets I know for grasping the beauty and fragility of the present moment.
I too attempt it, even in my writings today, I write about seizing the moment.
Carpe Diem! Seize the day!
The whole world continues revolving, every living creature keeps on living, and yet most humans are stuck with a scared mindset.
Fearful of losing something or someone. Scared to try something new.
This is a common theme in many of my poems, writing to people who hold back and refuse to step out of their comfort zone.
It can be trying anything! A phone call to an old friend or a new business venture?
Even a new parenting style? Just something to challenge you. To help you grow and evolve.
What are you so afraid of?
You must explore it to understand it, and, ultimately, resolve it (whatever ‘it’ is)
I hope you love this amalgamation of selected poems from yours truly (aka, me).
I may be a lil’ quirky for your liking, but that’s OK. If that’s the case, check out some of my well-being posts, as they are more scientifically written (mostly).
To finish, poetry is so great.
My favourite authors include Yung Pueblo (he has a naturally poetic way of writing) and Maya Angelou. Nikita Gill is also a favourite, and I’ve mentioned Rupi above.
I plan to host a poetry writing workshop in my dream future plans.
Also, a book (or three) is in the making. I have zero formal qualifications in poetry, apart from an A in English at A-Level.
But I love poetry, and I believe passion far outweighs qualifications.