TRUST YOUR GUT
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.