Have you ever felt uneasy about a particular situation? Or felt suspicious and uncomfortable around a person that you just met. You can’t explain the feeling logically, but inside you know that something is wrong. The chances are that’s your gut telling you something—and you shouldn’t ignore it.
Your gut (or your intuition) is often one of the best safety skills that you can have. Your subconscious mind can pick up on cues that you aren’t actively aware of. Whether it’s the people you pass on the street or the background of your environment, your brain is taking detailed notes on everything you encounter without you even realizing it.
So that feeling you get in your gut that you could be in danger is your brain using those cues it picked up on that you haven’t noticed to send you warning signals that something is wrong and you need to be aware of it. It’s your flight or fight response. A primal instinct built into us meant to help keep us safe.
This instinct is your first line of defense when in a potentially dangerous situation, but you have to learn to listen to what it’s saying to you. As women, we have a natural instinct to be friendly, even in situations and to people that make us feel uncomfortable. Even if internally, we think someone is a creep or that we don’t feel safe, we brush it off as us being paranoid or irrational because we don’t want to be rude or seem crazy.
But ladies, it is so important that you always listen to your gut because it’s usually right. Trusting your gut requires that you be vigilant about your safety. If your gut is telling you to get away or that someone is bad news—listen! Often, women who had experienced dangerous situations come back and say that they had a bad feeling before it even happened and that if they had only listened to their gut, it could have been avoided.