You’ve probably heard the term “trust your gut” several times in the past. It sounds like one of those old wives’ tales that sounds great to say out loud, but it has no merit.
But there might actually be some truth in these three words.
If you’ve ever had a sneaky suspicion about something or “felt it in your bones” (another common phrase used by many), this is known as your intuition. It is based on the first thoughts and feelings we have about a certain situation or person and it is often correct!
Take a look at many successful people in the world, and it is likely that many of your successful decisions were made without systematic thought in just a few seconds. They trusted their instincts and followed him.
Feel the intuition It is a skill that everyone has, yet many people dismiss it as irrational and do not follow through with the decision their instinct tells them to make.
Your ‘hunch’ can manifest itself in a number of ways. You will usually experience physical sensations when you are in the middle of a difficult decision, such as
- Tightness all over the body
- Butterflies in the stomach or nausea
- A sinking feeling in the stomach.
- Excessive sweating on the forehead, palms, and feet.
- Increased heart and respiratory rate.
For those of you who find it difficult to trust your gut, this article might convince you otherwise!
Here are some key reasons why you should learn to trust your gut and follow what your intuition tells you.
Your intuition is based on past experiences
The more experience you have in a certain scenario, the more accurate your intuition It will be when you encounter a similar situation. Therefore, your ‘gut’ is more likely to be correct!
Your past experiences guide your future decisions, and when you learn to trust what your heart, head, and instinct are telling you, it can lead you to make the best decisions.
Of course, this is the case 100% of the time and it can be good to ask those around you for advice if they have been in a very similar situation in the past.
Your gut and brain are physically connected
Did you know that your brain and colon are physically connected?
The vagus nerve is a long chain of nerve tissue that connects your head to your intestine and this perfectly explains why there is such a thing as a ‘gut feeling‘. This is why you experience nausea or butterflies or a sinking feeling when you have to make a difficult decision.
This connection is known as the gut-brain axis and is a two-way communication system between the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system. More specifically, this communication occurs between the intestines (your gut) with the cognitive and emotional centers of your brain.
So when your brain processes information using these areas of the brain, the gut influences its decisions through the vagus nerve.
In reality, the gut has been referred to as the second brain because of this strong connection. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that has confirmed the legitimacy of “gut feelings.”
It can help you avoid unhealthy relationships
Your intuition may be based on your past experiences or previous advice given to you by those around you. It could also be influenced by society.
For example, if you feel that your partner is being emotionally abusive, you know that it is abnormal and unforgivable because you have grown up in a society that emphasizes these views.
Trusting your instincts may not always be so easy when it comes to relations. We might think that there is no way that the people in our lives can wish us harm. Our subconscious often tricks us into unhealthy relationships with lovers or friends.
However, when you learn to trust your instincts about them, you can leave the relationship as quickly as possible to avoid getting hurt.
Often times, your intuition can be correct when you have doubts about a partner or friendship. It is almost inevitable to meet people who do not care about your best interests, whether they are selfish, deceptive or abusive.
Even if you’ve had multiple bad relationships in the past, that doesn’t mean your intuition is skewed or “flawed.” Your deep intuition stays with you throughout your life, but sometimes it needs a little nudge and some self-confidence!
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism