Self-trust can feel like learning a foreign language, especially if you have spent most of your life searching for answers through external validation, comparison, and doing what you “should” do. Perhaps you have never even asked yourself the question, “What do I want?” Maybe it has never even felt like an option.
When it comes to your life, you are the expert on it. To find inner and outer peace, you must assess what you want and learn to trust your inner self to guide you to it.
Ask Yourself What You Need
This question may feel challenging, especially if you have never given yourself what you need before. It can be helpful to ask yourself this question each day and allow the first thing that comes to your mind to be the answer without second-guessing yourself.
Some days it may be as simple as a glass of water, while other days it may be asking for support, and others could include going out and to have fun. Regardless of what it is, your body knows exactly what you need, and you must permit yourself to trust it.
Trusting What You Cannot See
Your intuition guides you toward what you need and away from what you do not need. The difficulty in trusting the wisdom of your body and internal compass is learning to trust what it tells you even if it does not make sense. You cannot see what the future holds when following intuition, which requires you to trust that you are exactly where you need to be, and everything is unfolding as it should.
Following the Whispers
Part of building self-trust is listening to and following your intuition. If this feels overwhelming to you, a tool to tune into what your “full-body yes” vs. “full-body no” is can be to follow which feels like a whisper vs. which feels like a scream.
Screams often feel loud, chaotic, familiar, and urgent. Following the screams often leads you down the same path you have been down several times. It is the voice of old programming, ego, and self-sabotage.
Whispers on the other hand feel gentle, soft, and quiet yet powerful. It is often a voice you have ignored many times before or that has gotten lost in destructive behaviors. Following the whisper may feel scary, but it will lead to ease and liberation. Whispers are what lead you into alignment with your highest and most authentic self.
Everyone has intuition and beginning to trust it is a process of tuning into your internal compass and allowing it to guide the way—regardless of what others are doing, what part of you thinks you should do, and what you have done in the past. Self-trust is a muscle, and it takes time to build but it is possible to do so.
Learning to trust your internal compass in addiction or mental health recovery may not feel easy, but it will bring ease. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how hard it can be to trust yourself, your body, and your voice—especially if you have spent a lifetime denying it. Our team of professionals is here to support you as you continue to take strides in your healing. If you are ready to begin your journey, call Avalon Malibu today at (844) 857-5992 to learn about our recovery programs.