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With a role in the world’s most famous family, 258 million Instagram followers, a reality television show, and endless modeling gigs (including a recent one for Alo Yoga), Kendall Jenner is no stranger to the spotlight–or the scrutiny that comes with it.
But that familiarity doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect her. On a recent episode of Jay Shetty’s podcast, “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” aimed at making “wisdom go viral,” Jenner discussed a familiar feeling for many of us: burnout.
She had been feeling exhausted by her modeling career, unsure of how to sustain her packed schedule. In consulting with friends and family, she said many friends recommended heading to therapy or meditating. But she expressed some initial hesitation.
“I think it’s a really personal experience,” Jenner said on the podcast, speaking of self-care practices. “I think everyone has a different version of all of that stuff.”
Yet in recent years, Jenner has managed to create wellness routine for herself. As the Kardashian family’s health aficionado, she embraces an array of self-care practices aimed at supporting her mental and physical health, from cold plunges and hot yoga to talk therapy and breathwork. (Those who practice in Los Angeles’s Y7 popular yoga studio may have spotted her there.)
In her interview with Shetty (the husband of Yoga Journal cover star, Radhi Devlukia-Shetty), Jenner also discussed some of the lesser-known practices that support her mental and emotional health.
Creating a higher goddess
On the podcast, she mentioned one of her most important self-care practices: Creating a “higher goddess” version of herself. This imaginary avatar, created in partnership with her therapist, ignores harmful comments and critiques, and instead stays true to herself. This is a way of being that Jenner attempts to inhabit each moment of the day.
“Sometimes it feels weird to say good things about yourself,” Jenner said. “But I’ve also learned a lot about talking to myself and looking in the mirror and being like, ‘You’re great. You’re gorgeous. You’re amazing. You’re loyal. You’re positive.'”
Internal work for external relationships
During the episode, Jenner and Shetty discussed the importance of recognizing the humanity in others, a reminder each of us often needs in a chaotic environment. “You start to realize that we all have the same emotions in different mixes,” he said. For both Jenner and Shetty, the integration of self-compassion and kindness is key to supporting their relationships with themselves, others, and the world at large. “The days I stopped judging myself, I stopped judging others,” Shetty said.
Practicing kindness toward yourself
In her conversation with Shetty, Jenner mentions how her path toward self-compassion was partly influenced by TikTok. Following a viral mindset trend that asks users to imagine their younger selves when engaging in self-talk, Jenner and her therapist decided to create a visual reminder of this ethos. She decided to tape a photo of herself as a child on her bathroom mirror, prompting her to think about the younger version of herself when it comes to her daily self-talk. “If I’m ever looking in the mirror and being negative toward myself or anything, I always look right over to her, and I’m like, ‘She’s dope, and I love her,'” she said.
Her singing bowl practice
One of the ways Jenner grounds herself is through playing singing bowls. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jenner discussed her love for the practice, using it as a time to ground herself. Beyond the soothing vibrations, she said she uses these meditative moments of practice to stretch and take deep breaths.
Reflecting through journaling
Jenner also spends time reflecting through journaling. “I try and journal every day,” she said in The Wall Street Journal interview. “I love looking back on when I was having a hard time and reflecting and just being like, ‘I’m so lucky,’ and everything passes.'”
Like many of us, Jenner sees the power in a gratitude practice. Looking back, but moving forward. We could all use more of that.