Have you ever reflected on a situation and said “I knew it, but I didn’t trust my gut”? Sometimes our instincts give us information that is critical, particularly about our relationships. Some people are more in tune with their instincts than others. So how can you learn to trust your instincts?
- Give it time. If you are in a situation where something just feels wrong, step away and give yourself a few days to reflect. If your initial gut feeling persists after a few days, then it is probably accurate.
- Notice “excuses”. When you find yourself rationally creating all sorts of scenarios to explain someone’s behavior, you might be covering up the truth. If you notice yourself making multiple, repetitive excuses for someone’s behavior, look deeper. What does your gut tell you?
- Reflect on the past. Sometimes reviewing past experiences can teach you about your instincts. Think about which experiences your gut was correct, and experiences where your quick response was incorrect. What patterns do you notice? This might help you understand when to trust your instincts in new situations.
Listen to what your body is telling you; it’s wired to protect you. These three tips will help you tune in and listen to and trust your gut.
Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne