I have a question for you…
Do you know what your kryptonite is? That emotion or state of being you find yourself defaulting to when you encounter discomfort or edgy?
My kryptonite is overwhelm.
As I approach one year of being out out of my corporate job and living life as an entrepreneur, I’ve been reflecting on how much un-learning I’ve had to do over the past 12 months. One of my biggest challenges has been realizing that I have an addiction to overwhelm. When tasks get a little challenging or my calendar feels a tad full, I notice how easily I can default into oh-my-god-there-is-so-much-to-do-and-I’m-freaking-out-about-it-all kind of feelings.
So I mentioned that I’m working to un-learn this default behavior, and I do that through creating a list of non-negotiables.
Non-negotiables are practices that I have committed to doing, knowing they help nourish me, ground me into my true self, and push me forward toward my vision for my life. When my email box fills up and life starts to feel a bit more than I can handle, I make sure I’m still practicing my non-negotiables (or my non-negosh, as I like to call them) to keep me on my path and drive me away from my old default habits of feeling overwhelm and freaking out.
My List of Non-Negotiables
- Getting at least 8 hours of sleep.
- Eating healthy food, incorporating greens and protein daily.
- Drinking water (I have a tendency to be dehydrated).
- Moving my body the way it wants – dance, yoga, pilates, walking, etc.
- Daily meditation – almost always in the morning.
- Daily connection with Tim – eating breakfast and dinner together, committing to date nights, and emphasizing physical touch.
- Dabbling and creative play, where there are no plans. I just create and enjoy the process.
- Connecting with people I love on a daily basis, whether by phone, email, or in person. I lean into my global sisterhood for support and encouragement, which always replenishes me to keep going.
What about you? Do you have a default state that you want to get past? Maybe it’s anger, sadness, confusion, or avoidance.
Try creating a list of your own non-negotiables (and share them in the comments!) to help you navigate through. I can tell you from experience, it really works.
I featured this drink alongside some other lovely herbal mocktails at the creative day retreat I held at my house a few weeks ago, and it was a total hit.