TRUST YOUR GUT

Good Health Choices - - Content - Nicky Dewe, Ed­i­tor

One of the many ben­e­fits, I think, of get­ting older is the abil­ity to dis­cover a way of liv­ing that works best for you. It’s only through life ex­pe­ri­ence that we can come to recog­nise what truly makes us feel good and what doesn’t, what con­trib­utes to our over­all hap­pi­ness and what di­min­ishes us. This month, I loved read­ing about the wis­dom that An­gela Bloomfield has gained over the years, par­tic­u­larly in the time since she left Shorty and forged a new path on her own. She has de­vel­oped good tech­niques for deal­ing with anx­i­ety, places feel­ing healthy and strong above be­ing thin, and most im­por­tantly pri­ori­tises joy as part of her over­all recipe for well­be­ing.

So what does it take to make you shine? One way we can fig­ure out our own for­mula for feel­ing great is to learn to trust our gut in­stinct. It’s an idea that’s of­ten been dis­missed by sci­ence, which tends to favour de­ci­sion mak­ing on the ba­sis of care­ful, an­a­lyt­i­cal as­sess­ment. As we know, how­ever, nei­ther hu­man na­ture nor life it­self al­lows us to con­sis­tently do that.

We have to rely on our in­stinct to get us through. And the more we dis­cover about the con­nec­tion be­tween the brain and the gut, the more it seems that in fact op­er­at­ing on in­stinct could at times be our very best course of ac­tion. On page 128 writer

Elli Ja­cobs looks at the new sci­ence be­hind this and gives us tips for how to do that. I know there have been times in my life when I have ig­nored my gut and in­stead done what­ever I thought was ex­pected. Clearly in­stinct is another mus­cle I need to be flex­ing! But that sounds like a work­out I could re­ally en­joy.

Have a won­der­ful month.

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