You know those gut feelings you have every so often? The ones you can choose to listen to or ignore? Well I have done both, and I am sharing what I learned from my many experiences of listening to them and ignoring them.
I actually kept a journal for a while of what gut instincts I had, and what happened when I followed them or ignored them. It is nuts what happened! I share all the stories in my new book “Get the Most Out of Motherhood: A Hot Mess to Mindful Mom Parenting Guide.” You will crack up when you read them, and I’m perfectly ok with you laughing at my expense if it helps you understand that these feelings are not random.
Since writing the book there have of course been tons more, and I’m going to share one very personal experience with you.
I had a feeling, a strong feeling that my body was “off.” Something just didn’t feel right. I can’t explain it, I just knew something was wrong. My gut told me I needed to take care of myself better. I was back to having a ton of trouble sleeping, I was always sluggish, and my anxiety was totally flaring. It pains me to think of where I would have been without all of the meditation and self-care I was already doing…my doctor said definitely much worse!
None of it felt good, but it was hard for me to grasp how my anxiety had gotten worse. I am a mediation teacher for crying out loud! My whole life is about calming my nervous system! But I couldn’t deny how I was feeling.
I did a thorough battery of tests and I was shocked when the results came back. I actually asked if they got mixed up with someone else’s! Everything was off…all my hormone levels, cortisol, you name it. I was in adrenal fatigue, and had to deal with inflammation in my digestive tract.
It felt good to have answers as to why I felt so crappy, and I am so glad I listened to my intuition and didn’t blow off the feeling I had in my gut that things were off.
I am now working with an amazing holistic functional medicine expert who seriously blows my mind with her knowledge, and it feels good to be on my way to optimal health. I am upping my self-care game in every way with things like:
consistent exercise that I enjoy
more unscheduled quality family time
more snuggle time with my puppies on the couch
super clean eating
reading and enjoying some Netflix
kundalini yoga which makes me feel super energized, especially in the morning
supplements that my body needs to heal
my gratitude practice when I brush my teeth to start and end my day
Most importantly though is having self-compassion and learning how to occasionally say “no” so I can say “yes” to myself and my body.
I hope that this inspires you to pay attention to your gut instincts. Your brain may get confused, but your body never lies! Your body is soooooo smart, so listen to it!!!