Anxiety Is Full of FearAnxiety 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 AnxietyWith 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.
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