Live Life Better: A guide to seeking the sixth sense

This week’s episode of Live Life Better was all about the sixth sense – those gut-feelings or tingling sensations that we’ve all experienced.

Melissa Hemsley sat down in the studio with Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, and Amy Thomson, founder of Mood Month, to find out more.

It’s important to get in touch with your gut

Dr Tara Swart explained: “There’s more nerve receptors in the gut than the cat has in its entire brain and in humans a staggering 90 per cent of serotonin, the happy hormone, is produced in the gut.”

So it’s important that you’re in tune with what’s going on with your gut. The guests also talked about the research that’s being done that suggests that a month of eating pro-biotic yoghurts can reduce negative feelings.

Women do not have better intuition than men

It’s often thought that women have better intuition than men, and the sixth sense is often something linked with women. But Amy Thomson doesn’t agree with this. She said: “I think it’s a sociological thing.

“Every woman on the planet has been called moody at some point in her life, more often than not connected to her hormone cycle and connected to her period in some way. So we’ve been put down for a really long time because of it but forced to connect with it. And in some respects that’s the beauty of having a period, you have this monthly cycle, you’re forced to tune in to when your emotions are going to be starting and stopping, it gives you a barometer.

Melissa Hemsley in the studio with Dr Tara Swart and Amy Thomson

“I think you train your brain to tune to your instincts and your mood and emotions. The more you understand them, the more you can put words around them and you can see the patterns of them, the better you are at articulating them. Everyone has the ability to do that but I do think that women have been forced historically to fine tune that because of the experiences that we have and the way that we’re set up in society.”

You can teach yourself to have better instincts

“Start by doing meditations like a body scan to get more used to your body and what it’s telling you,” Dr Swart said. “Like with children, how do children know when they’re hungry or when they need to go to the loo? It’s accessing that really basic thing.”

She compared it to being able to tell a couple of days before getting ill that you’re coming down with a cold.

“These are abilities that we all have and things we all do but don’t appreciate,” she added. “Journaling is a really good way of building it up.”

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