I was inspired to write this blogpost by This post written by A momma’s view as a guestblogger for Mental break in progress. For a while I was thinking about writing a blogpost about this subject, from my own experiences. But I didn’t start writing it actually down – I have this problem a lot. Reading this guestpost gave me a boost to write this post of my own.
As a PTSD ‘patient’ with tons of negative experiences with people, I’ve been taught that my gut feeling is a bad boy. “It’s too negative and wrong, always, don’t even think about listening to it for a single second.” I had to trust people more, ‘professionals’ said to me. They didn’t understand all the terrible situations I’ve been in, many didn’t even believe them.
I don’t think I’m the only one, who was told to ignore your gut. I feel like this has been going on in our society for a while now. We want to be rational, because rational is ‘good’. Rational is ‘true’. Feelings are too vague, you can’t rely on them. That’s what ‘they’ tell us. But this isn’t true.
Yes, I have PTSD and I have way too much anxiety about way too many ‘silly’ things, compared to a ‘normal’ person. Humans like to believe we live in complete safety. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone, but this isn’t true. We don’t need survival skills as much as we used to back in the day, but we still need them more or less depending on the situation you’re in.
[Image of a drawn girl with a face on her dress saying: hey, I have a strong opinion about this. Next to the girl is the text: Listen to your gut].
I think we should shed some positive light on our gut feelings. Gut feelings safed countless people, prevented lots of bad situations. I’ve ignored my gut feeling too many times and it put me in very bad situations. Recently, I’ve been learning to listen to my feelings again, especially my gut.
I feel like I can already determine wether it’s my gut or pure anxiety speaking. Especially as people known with anxiety, it’s important to not just throw our gut away. We learn to not listen to our feelings, because of our anxiety and because of that we can’t do certain things. This doesn’t mean that your emotions or feelings are always wrong. Sometimes, we need to be cautious and our body and mind can help us with determining those times.
I want to apologize to myself for discarding my gut for such a long time. For undergoing situations that I could have avoided, if I had listened. Still, I shouldn’t give myself a hard time now. I learned from it. Even though I have ‘mental’ issues, I should still trust my mind, I can still give it some credit. You can too.
Please, listen to your body and your mind. We need to have a fine balance between our rational and emotional side.