When it comes to healing from depression, anxiety or any other mental health issues, I have found that it’s really important to follow your intuition.
Unfortunately, people dealing with mental illness often come to mistrust their “little voice” or their “gut feeling.” They learn to discount their intuition because their brain has tricked them in the past.
However, once you’ve begun the process of healing by getting more of the right nutrients (vitamins, minerals and amino acids), it’s important to practicing learning to trust in what our bodies are trying to convey to us.
Our bodies are very wise.
If something feels wrong, don’t go against that feeling. I had several instances in my healing process where a practitioner recommended something to me and it felt wrong. Unfortunately, I often went ahead with it anyway because 1. I was desperate to feel better and 2. the person in authority was confident it would help me.
I would have saved myself a lot of suffering by listening to my intuition when something felt “off.”
Practitioners use their own knowledge and experience to recommend protocols, but because everyone is so different, what worked for one person may not work for another. Also, every practitioner is biased by their own personal experiences.
Here’s a simple truth: You know yourself better than anyone. You know how you react to certain foods. You know what makes you feel better. You know subtle things about yourself that cannot be conveyed through a questionnaire.
It’s easy to be persuaded to buy a supplement you don’t want, get a yet another test you don’t need, or continue to see a practitioner who isn’t helping you make progress. But it’s even more important to listen to yourself and trust your inner voice.
Check to make sure that you are giving your own opinion and feelings the same amount of respect that you would give a trusted practitioner. Listen to what others say but ultimately, go with what your own inner voice is telling you.
The more you practice tuning into yourself and your needs, the easier it will get.
If you’re having trouble tuning into your intuition, try one of these techniques:
- Sit in a comfortable position and silently ask your body what it needs. You may be really surprised by the answers that come to you.
- Keep a journal so you can track your progress and go back and read what has worked for you. What did you do on your good days? What were you doing on your bad days? List the supplements you took that day, and how they made you feel, along with any side effects. This will often give you insights when you’re in a fog and don’t know how to proceed. You may spot a “big picture” pattern that will help. Some of my best insights have come from re-reading my journals.
- Talk about your breakthroughs with a trusted friend or coach. Once when I was having a tough day, my friend asked me: “Are you taking your amino acids?” I was shocked that she reflected that back to me since she wasn’t much interested in my approach to my depression. I sheepishly answered “No” and tried to explain the many reasons why I wasn’t. Then, I shut up and took my amino acids. I felt better almost right away.
Finally, be gentle with yourself and your body. Trust that when you give your body the nutrients, love and support it needs, it will be able to heal itself in the most wonderful way.