If you’re especially in touch with your inner self, you might be a pro at something that many people struggle with: listening to your gut feelings. That little voice in the back of your head, that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, those things are there for a reason. If you have a strange feeling that something isn’t quite right, it’s important to pay attention to that feeling. Most of the time, your instincts are right. Ignoring them can lead you down a path of danger, hurt and regret.
Here are six gut instincts you should never ignore:
1. “This Situation Seems Dangerous”
You might notice a stranger staring at you on the subway. When you get off the subway, you turn to see that the same person is walking behind you down the street. You might shake it off as paranoia, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Maybe you were invited to a party but when you walk in you get a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach. Don’t ignore that feeling. If your subconscious is telling you that something seems off, listen to it. Do what you can to get to safety immediately, don’t hesitate.
2. “I Don’t Feel Good”
If you ignore problems with your body, they can end up turning into serious health issues. Your body sends you subtle signs to let you know when something is wrong. If you’re experiencing odd symptoms and you feel like something isn’t right, don’t wait to get it checked out. Visit a health care professional as soon as possible. If there is something wrong, catching it early can be vital.
3. “I Should Help That Person”
A gut feeling doesn’t have to be a negative one. Sometimes, your instincts tell you to take action. If you see someone being bullied, or someone struggling to open a door with their hands full, do something to help. It might be a small act, but any act of kindness can help make someone’s day. Don’t stand by and watch as others struggle. Listen to your gut feeling and offer a helping hand.
4. “This Feels Right”
Whether it’s accepting a job offer, choosing to begin or end a relationship or moving across the country, your intuition knows what its doing when it comes to making these kinds of decisions. Deep down inside, you probably just want to be happy. Your gut might be telling you to take a lower-paying job that excites you, instead of a higher-paying job that you know you’d be miserable at. Whatever direction your intuition is pulling you in, it’s probably for the best.
5. “I’m Going To Regret This”
All too often, we end up with regrets. They may stem from peer pressure or from acting before thinking things through. But if you look back on the regrets you have, you might remember a gut feeling you had just beforehand. Something that was telling you to hold off, to leave or to think it over. Don’t let anyone coerce you into doing something you aren’t comfortable with. If you feel that pit in your stomach, pay attention to what it’s telling you.
6. “I Need To Leave”
It might be a job, a relationship or a questionable part of town. If that little voice in the back of your head is telling you to get out, it’s important to listen. Your gut feeling can help you stay safe. It can also help bring you happiness. Be brave enough to make a change when your gut is telling you that it’s time.