5 Gut Instincts You Should Never Ignore

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Every day, our intuition, sometimes called our “gut,” guides us in the decisions we make.

It’s our inner voice, that little voice in the back of your head that says, “Uh, maybe it’s not a good idea to jump off a diving board while riding a unicycle.”

I’m sure you know the one. But sometimes, especially as we get older, we start ignoring our intuition.

These are 5 gut instincts that you shouldn’t ever ignore.

1. This doesn’t feel normal/I don’t feel well.

A woman leaning forward, hair covering her face, hand on her head.
Unsplash / Carolina Heza
Unsplash / Carolina Heza

When it comes to our health, there’s no symptom too small to get checked out. If you feel like there’s something going on in your body that isn’t right, you should listen to that feeling and get it checked out before it gets any worse.

Your body is built to instinctively know when something is going wrong or out of balance, and the warning signs could mean the difference between life and death in some situations.

Don’t hesitate to seek the counsel of a trained medical professional if something in your body is communicating a problem.

Do the same for your mental health too. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, don’t just smoke some weed about it or try to self medicate. Seek professional help. They might have suggestions for you.

2. This situation seems kind of dangerous.

This doesn’t simply pertain to my earlier thought about unicycling on a diving board, but to many different situations.

Walking home alone, feeling like you’re being watched, being in the car with a potentially drunk driver or a stranger – all of these things can trigger your gut instinct that you might be in danger, and it’s a natural feeling.

Humans are equipped with a fight-or-flight type mentality when in danger. Never be afraid to choose flight when you feel like you’re in some kind of danger.

Seek out the help of others too. Remember that most people in the world aren’t bad and just want to help.

3. I need to help this person.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a moment to help someone in need, even if they’re a stranger. If it’s cold out and you see a poor woman without a jacket, you have plenty at home, right?

You could give her yours. Or a hat and mittens if you have an extra set. If you come across a homeless boy who needs to eat and you have leftovers, what’s the harm in giving them away?

If you see someone broken down by the side of the road, there’s nothing wrong with stopping to see if they need a hand.

Moreover, if you feel like you should help someone, do it! Our culture programs empathy out of us, but each positive action has a ripple effect in our world.

4. I’m a natural at this!

People are often naturally talented at a variety of things. Things you may not realize until you doodle on a piece of paper in class or take a small acting role in the local theater.

When you find something you’re naturally talented at, don’t just give up your profession or career, but don’t forget that you have a natural talent or skill at something else.

5. This feels right.

Blindly following your passion may not always make sense, but understanding when something you’re doing or someone you’re with makes you feel right is an important thing to do.

It’s important not to disregard the feeling that something is just so right.

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