It is acceptable to say "listen to your gut feeling." The interesting part is understanding where the gut feeling comes from. Some also refer to it as intuition.
We have come to a point where the business world is beginning to recognize that intuition is just as powerful as intelligence because it helps us make the right choices.
However, intuition often has limited space in our society due to the demands and expectations placed on us.
We are expected to always be "on," available, keep up, participate online and in various events, gatherings, meetings, and so on.
When one's system is stressed, it leads to anxiety. Anxiety muddles your intuition, making it difficult to discern whether it's anxiety speaking or if you can trust your gut feeling.
Giving yourself time, space, and peace to ground yourself and listen to your gut feeling allows for personal growth. It helps you become better at prioritizing and enables you to see new, positive paths and solutions in your situation.
This is what I refer to as listening inward—to the natural intelligence that resides within you