How does an anxious person learn to trust their instincts?
November 25, 2012 10:10 PM Subscribe
What are some good hacks for figuring out whether my feelings in a given situation are a result of unhealthy anxiety or healthy intuition?
posted by rockpaperdynamite to Human Relations (12 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
GAD sufferer here. Most of the time, I have a good balance of being able to rely on my intuition and think through things logically, but when I get anxious or stressed it all tends to get confused, especially in situations involving other people / relationships.
I know that just because you *feel* something strongly doesn't necessarily make it a reality; also that there's a difference between intuiting an issue and catastrophising it, but I still have trouble over analysing this.
Also - I tend to literally "feel" anxiety in my gut, especially when I'm anxious or something's not right, so tuning into my body is tricky (but advice on doing that would be welcome.)
I've read lots of good advice here about learning how to trust your gut and the difference between intuition and wishful thinking and I'd love to get your thoughts on how I can tell if it's my my anxiety or my gut talking!