5 Signs You’ve Been Seriously Ignoring What Your Gut Is Telling You

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1. You have unexplained aches and pains.

Emotional distress can easily manifest itself into physical distress, and it’s very often a sign you’ve been avoiding something. If there doesn’t seem to be a medical reason for it, try to check in with yourself on a deeper level. Ignoring your gut — that voice that tells us what we should or shouldn’t do — is likely to result in something palpable.

2. You keep making the same mistakes.

Seems like this one is fairly straightforward, right? You do something. It doesn’t work out. Lesson learned! …Except, that’s not always the case. “Maybe this time” is the stubborn war cry of people ignoring what their gut has been telling them all along. Listen, mistakes are good! Mistakes are healthy! But not when it involves making the same one over and over, and over again. Then it just becomes a vicious cycle. And nobody wants that.

3. You have the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting to do something.

You know when you’re about to go on a trip and have this panicky feeling that you’ve forgotten to pack something? It’s like having that uneasy feeling ALL THE TIME.

4. You’re feeling extra insecure.

We ALL have days of extra insecurity. That’s totally okay. And it happens. You just wake up feeling a little bit needier than usual, not the end of the world. But ignoring your gut tends to push this feeling into overdrive. You worry more than usual. Seemingly fine things bother you and insecurity creeps in. It’s generally because, down deep, you KNOW what you’ve got to do (or what you’ve been delaying) and it’s planting a terrible feeling of distress. In addition, you get very defensive — something that tends to happen when people are avoiding. Or when they’re running away.

5. You’ve been telling a lot of white lies.

Maybe this seems totally benign at first, but when it becomes a pattern, you’ve got to wonder why. When you make a habit of stretching the truth (or just totally fabricating it), there’s usually something you’re trying to cover up. Or avoid. Trying to rewrite problems won’t work forever though. Those suckers bubble to the surface. TC mark

Ari Eastman

✨ real(ly not) chill. poet. writer. mental health activist. mama shark. ✨

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