Shannon Kaiser is the author of the new book The Self-Love Experiment and an international coach and speaker. She’s impacted hundreds of thousands of people with her positive approach to wellbeing. We sat down with her to pick her brain on what it takes to make the most of your life. She shares her morning routine for optimal health and wellness.
Taking care of ourselves happens in the routine. The moments throughout the day that go by unnoticed are often the most important parts to establishing a wellness routine. Taking care of yourself isn’t just about drinking your green juice or doing yoga every day; it is also about how you talk to yourself and your mental habits.
As the author of four bestselling books about happiness, including the new The Self-Love Experiment, I’ve made it my full-time mission to practice self-love and kindness. Here is what my morning routine looks like:
- Fall asleep with intention
My morning routine starts the night before when I go to bed. I also set aside time to do meditation and appreciate my day. Instead of running through all the things that didn’t go well or focusing on what I disliked, I focus on the good aspects of the day. I almost always listen to meditations on YouTube as I fall asleep. This helps me drift off into peace and sleep better. When I wake up the next morning I feel more grounded and focused.
- Wake up in gratitude
In the morning, before I even open my eyes I almost always say, “thank you.” I thank the universe for another day and for my health and for a good night’s sleep, etc. I run through a list of things I appreciate in my life, including myself. Appreciating yourself is an important part of living a balanced day. When you focus on what you are thankful for you feel more grounded, balanced, and in joy. Making a gratitude list first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day with more joy and clarity.
- I compliment myself
On the surface, this may feel a little odd, especially when we don’t have a solid self-care practice. But during my own self-love experiment, I realized how powerful words can be, and when we say things that are mean to ourselves we hinder our ability to be happy. I used to look in the mirror and say things like, “you are so fat,” “you are ugly,” “look at these horrible stretch marks.” But in consciously focusing on becoming my own friend, I started to train my brain to see the good. Now I look in the mirror and compliment myself. I say things like, “What a beautiful smile! Good morning, gorgeous. Hello, lovely.” Speaking kindly to ourselves is an important way to feel more balanced.
Try these tips and watch how your own life is as you feel more love and joy.
Shannon Kaiser has been named among the Top 25 Most Influential Wellness Experts by MindBodyGreen, and a “New Thought leader on the Rise” by Café Truth. She’s helped thousands of people worldwide through her private life-coaching practice, articles, her bestselling books and meditation albums, workshops, courses, and her award-winning website, PlayWithTheWorld.com. She is the author of the new book The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself.
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