We’ve been trained to use our mind to override our feelings and intuition. While intellectualizing our emotions can help us make sense of them and express them to people who can help, it can also prevent us from actually FEELING them. We push through our routines and goals, ignoring any signals we get that are telling us to stop and reevaluate. We have so much access to information that we choose to follow instead of trusting our bodies to tell us what we need. All of these mental mechanisms we’ve developed can benefit us if we don’t let them override our internal cues. At the end of the day, your intuition will always guide you if you’re willing to listen.
When your body is telling you that you need to rest, do you rest? When you’re feeling uninspired, do you force yourself to continue working or do you go spend time with friends or do whatever is calling you? Do you do things because you want to do them, or because you feel like you should? Start by checking in with yourself each day and notice how often you go against how you feel. Take time each day to journal, meditate, or just listen in to the messages your intuition is trying to send you.
The idea of letting go of control and letting how you feel each day guide you is intimidating, especially if you’re like me and you love planning… so it’s important to remember that your entire life and routine isn’t going to change drastically if you make changes to honor your intuition (unless it’s meant to!). Instead, you’ll start to trust yourself more and punish yourself less when things don’t go as planned. Sometimes work looks like sitting down at your computer, and sometimes it looks like networking. Sometimes health looks like exercise and eating healthy foods, and sometimes it looks like resting and eating whatever you want. Life demands balance, and if you’re open to being flexible and going with how you feel, you’ll get the most out of it.
Do you “trust your gut”? How do you handle it when you’re being called to do something different than you had planned? DM me on instagram @astro_flow_ and let me know!