The Balance of Yes’s & No’s

The Balance of Yes's & no's, Rachel Skye
Let’s start off the new year strong and lean into our intuition. What do I mean? I’m sure you already know that saying yes all the time can lead to feelings of burnout, and saying no all the time can prevent us from making connections and exploring new opportunities. So how do you know when to say yes to something and when to say no? I’ll give you a hint…listen to your body, boo!

Listening to your body sensations can be a powerful and intuitive way to guide decision-making, especially when faced with choices that have a significant impact on your well-being or personal boundaries. Our bodies often respond to situations before our minds fully process them, and tuning into these sensations can provide valuable insights into how we truly feel about a particular decision. 

Let’s dive into how you can use your body sensations to help determine whether to say yes or no:

Butterflies in the Stomach:

  • Positive Response: If you feel a gentle flutter or excitement in your stomach, it could be a sign that you’re open to the opportunity or situation. This sensation often accompanies a sense of anticipation or eagerness.
  • Negative Response: On the other hand, if your stomach ties itself in knots or you experience discomfort, it might indicate unease or a gut feeling that the decision is not in alignment with your values or desires.

Heart Rate and Palpitations:

  • Positive Response: A slightly elevated heart rate or a feeling of warmth in your chest may signal enthusiasm or genuine interest. This can be a positive indicator that saying yes aligns with your passions or brings you joy.
  • Negative Response: If you notice your heart racing or a sense of constriction in your chest, it might be a sign that the decision is causing stress, anxiety, or goes against your instincts.

Tension in Muscles:

  • Positive Response: A general feeling of relaxation or a lack of tension in your muscles may suggest that you are at ease with the decision. Your body is not resisting, and this could be a good sign to move forward.
  • Negative Response: Tightness, stiffness, or a sensation of being physically weighed down may indicate discomfort or resistance. This could be a signal that the decision is not in harmony with your values or is causing internal conflict.

Overall Energy Level:

  • Positive Response: Feeling a surge of energy or vitality might indicate that the decision aligns with your needs and desires, giving you a positive boost.
  • Negative Response: If you sense a sudden drop in energy or feel drained at the thought of saying yes, it could be a sign that the decision is not in your best interest.

Intuitive Body Reactions:

  • Pay attention to any sudden chills, goosebumps, or a tingling sensation. Some people believe these physical reactions can be intuitive signals guiding you toward the right decision.

Remember that these body sensations are personal and can vary from person to person. Regular mindfulness practices, such as meditation, can help you become more aware of these signals and improve your ability to listen to your body.

Ultimately, using your body sensations as a guide can complement logical reasoning, providing a holistic approach to decision-making that incorporates both mind and body awareness.

“I trust my body. I trust in its ability to inform me about decisions.”