Do you trust your gut? Can hear your intuition tell you when things are great and when they are really not ok?
For those who tend to be fairly anxious people – worriers – this feeling may go into hyper drive and you may get a strong sense of uneasiness when there is actually no real reason for you to feel that way. Do you want to know how you tell if it is time to listen to your gut and get the heck out of Dodge and when it is really time to put on a helmet and charge forward anyway?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Was there some kind of situation or stimulus to tell you that something was wrong BEFORE you started to feel anxious?
- Did you get a sense of doom in the pit of your stomach AFTER you found a potential problem?
If you answered yes to one or both of these questions then you need to listen to your gut. If it tells you to seek safety then find a safe place. If it tells you to seek support then find a friend or text someone to let him or her know what is going on and where you are.
Sometimes we get a sense of doom in the pit of our stomach and THEN we try to find the source of why we feel anxious or afraid. This is anxiety taking the drivers seat in your decision making process and you are probably safe. There is no true reason for worry or fear if you are looking for a reason why you are afraid.
Our anxious response serves as a safety mechanism to keep us out of harms way – when harm comes rolling down the road in your direction it kicks in to keep you safe. Be honest with yourself and when you can find a true reason why you feel anxious or afraid honor that. Find your exit strategy or a way to create safety and trust yourself.1
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