3 Ways to Learn to Trust Your Instincts

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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