When and How to Trust Your Gut Instinct

The Art of Trusting Your Intuition

“Gut Instinct: An instinctive feeling, as opposed to an opinion or idea based on facts.

Call it women’s intuition. Gut instinct. A hunch. That funny feeling in your stomach that tells you that job isn’t quite right or that blind date isn’t actually a good idea.

Our bodies and subconscious are highly intuitive, but as women we’ve been taught to ignore our instinct so as not to cause a ‘scene’, be seen as overly dramatic or make others uncomfortable. By doing this we disregard important warning signs designed to keep us safe.

And while the adage says we should listen to either our head or our heart, in reality, the most important instinct we should tune into is our gut. Here’s how to tap into yours.

“In reality, the most important instinct we should tune into is our gut.”

In Your Career

If you’ve ever been to a job interview and left feeling as though something wasn’t quite right, that’s your instinct kicking in. That sensation actually comes from our subconscious mind. It digs up past experiences and sends warning signals to your nervous system; these are an indication that you could be repeating past mistakes.

To know if this feeling is to be trusted or not, go home, get cosy and write down the reasons you may have left the interview feeling ‘off’. Compare your notes to everything you disliked about your past jobs. This will help you figure out if you’re walking into another toxic environment, or if it really was just nerves.

In Relationships

Fun fact: Our mind is always observing what’s happening around us. If we split the brain into the right and left side, the left gets on with daily tasks while the subconscious right side constantly monitors our surroundings. This is how we sense danger or get ‘that feeling’ about someone when we first meet them.

If things just don’t click on a first date, don’t feel like you should go on another ‘just to be sure’. How does the thought of seeing them again make you feel? A bit, well, blah? That’s your instinct telling you to move on. Excited? Maybe that second date isn’t such a bad idea, after all.

Your Health

In busy modern-day society, feeling run down is practically a weekly occurrence. It’s important we learn to tell when our body is telling us something’s wrong and when we’re just a little under the weather.

An easy way to figure out if something more serious could be wrong is to look back on times your gut instinct has served you well. Whether it’s a tummy ache that escalated into food poisoning, or a sneeze that turned into the flu, think about signs your body has given you in the past and try to pin-point these again in the future. Oh, and try not to Google your symptoms. It’s a minefield out there.

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