• Lily Filipe

trusting your gut.

Trusting your gut is often a saying used when we face difficult decisions or situations in life. It’s so easy to get caught up in your feelings and question what is logical and what is irrational. So why is it important to start listening to yourself and being intuitive in these difficult situations?

trusting your gut is important.

Trusting your gut is a form of self-care. I know, it sounds odd, but it means that you’re building a stronger relationship with yourself by putting yourself first and trusting your instinct. It means you’re confident with who you are as a person and your decision-making skills.

Scientific research has linked gut feelings to certain brain processes, such as evaluating emotional cues from a place of past experiences and feelings. This is all linked to a part of the brain called the “subconscious mind”, where all of your beliefs, previous experiences, memories, and skills are stored. This acts as your guidance system, and is where your gut feeling comes from.

hurdles of gut feelings.


Overthinking is a very damaging thing that we all do, and it can interfere with decision making. It disrupts the flow of your thoughts and feelings, causing you to feel overwhelmed and left in a dizzy circle. Ultimately, it leads you to the same place and out of touch with your gut instinct. Overthinking excessively about every thought, countless scenarios and outcomes can lead you away from following your gut, especially when you’re overthinking to make yourself feel better.

other inputs.

Your family and friends know you best, and oftentimes they give you guidance that they believe is best for you. This comes from a place of love, and whether you take their advice is up to you, but it can cloud your own judgement and intuition.

how to trust your gut feeling.

Trusting your gut isn’t easy, and makes you feel that you’re taking a massive risk when in actual fact, you’re probably not. Let’s say you’re faced with a situation where you need to make an important decision, and you’re torn between your gut feeling and something you don’t agree with.

First of all, you need to take time to weigh out the options. Why not write a pros and cons list? Writing things down makes you see it all laid out, rather than scrambled in your head.

Speaking to a friend or family member will help to guide you in the right direction. It’s best to take advice from someone who is level-headed, rather than someone who will pressure you into a decision.

If after this, you still don’t feel 100% about what decision to make, then take some time for yourself. Step away from the environment and forget about it for a bit. Go for a walk, chat with a friend, anything that will distract you and take your mind off things.

If you can, sleep on it. This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received. Sleeping on things often changes your perspective, and you wake up in a completely different mindspace, where you can make a more rational decision.Trusting your gut is a journey, which we all embark on, to become a better person. By trusting your gut you will train yourself and your subconscious mind to become more powerful and a better guide to you and your life.

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