Have you ever had that moment where you have extreme butterflies in your stomach and your heart is racing, and you are unsure if it is a gut feeling trying to lead you in one direction or not? Or maybe all the feelings are just your anxiety roaring up trying to make you think it is your natural instincts kicking in. I want to share some ways of knowing the difference between gut feelings vs anxiety.
Anxiety Is Full of Fear
Anxiety can be mistaken for gut feelings on occasion. Why? Well because you can get the same feelings of nausea, heart racing, uneasiness, wanting to run away, etc. A lot of times anxiety has you running away from a situation out of fear, or not taking a step because you are unsure about the future. Whereas a gut feeling might be telling you to get out of a situation because it is toxic or leading you down a path that isn’t what you want.
Differences Between Gut Feelings And Anxiety
With gut feelings, you are generally neutral or just have a feeling of being drawn in one direction or another. Whereas anxiety tends to lean towards a lot of high emotions whether they are happy, sad, worrisome, anger, etc.
If it is your gut you focus on the present issue and don’t constantly dwell or go over things in the past or what the future might hold. Say you are looking for a new job with a company you have a somewhat off feeling about. You would think over if they are a good company for you or not, and if your gut says something isn’t right, you don’t take the job. If it was anxiety driven you might obsess over where would you live, would the grass be greener getting a new job, who would your boss be, would they like you, could you do the job at hand, etc.
Anxiety thrives on fear, just remember that. Yes, somethings in life are scary and it takes a leap of faith. But if it seems really dark and heavy and you are consumed by anxious thoughts, it is probably anxiety telling you to move or get out, not your gut. Your gut really helps give you a positive or negative feeling about a situation and once you follow your gut you find peace in your decision.
How to Decide Anxiety vs Instincts?
Anxiety has a very different feel than gut instincts. Anxiety will have you worrying day in and day out, sure you will get a stomach ache from it but you’re more fearful. An instinct is a feeling much deeper and while it can give you a kick in the gut, it’s a kick that makes you realize that you must do something different. Instincts can guide you to make a drastic work decision or a decision about a bad relationship without having much second thought. Anxiety will leave you feeling like you can’t do anything except worry, be fearful and stuck or run away. Below are three gut instincts that you should never ignore, take time to really dig deep.
Are you simply having an anxious lifestyle moment or have you become consumed with your instincts drilling you to do something and in turn, you are deteriorating health wise? Make your choice. Stick with it. It’s okay to simply say no to anything that doesn’t feel right and if anyone gives you flack, then you weren’t that important to them anyway.Intuition allows you to get the first warning signs when anything is off in your body so that you can address it. If you feel something isn't right, listen to that feeling ...Click To Tweet
Gut Instincts you Shouldn’t Ignore
Negative Gut Instinct Signs
- A sense of being on “high alert”
- Nausea or acid stomach
- Fatigue or loss of energy
Positive Gut Instinct Signs
- Relaxation in the gut and shoulders
- Sharp clarity of hearing or vision
- Ability to breathe more easily
While the above examples are simple in nature, anyone who’s been faced with a situation where they were driven by their gut instincts will know all too well what I am talking about when I share those signs. I firmly believe that we all have the ability to listen to our instincts, it’s just environment and others around us can diminish our self-esteem and strength in such a way that once you start ignoring your instincts, they will simply start to deteriorate your health since you disobeyed their commands to acknowledge these signs and make a change.