Emotional triggers always stir up our own emotional response.
Something occurs, you react, and then your brain instantly concocts a reason for your reaction that seems to justify your behavior even if the reason makes no sense.
What is an Emotional Trigger?
Triggers are automatic responses to a specific stimulus. Triggers can be people, places, or things, as well as smells, words, or colors. Emotional triggers are automatic responses to the way others express emotions, like anger or sadness.
Triggers are connected to our thoughts, experiences, and memories. We connect a previous interaction with a similar emotional trigger to the current situation at hand.
Below are the tips for understanding and managing your emotional triggers:
- Owning it up: Seek to identify what is triggering how you feel in the moment, give yourself the chance to feel differently if you want to. This will also give you more clarity on what you need to do or what you need to ask to change your circumstances. Accepting responsibility for your reactions is the first step!
- Breathe: When we’re triggered, we lose our objectivity. We may feel like the wind is knocked out of us. This makes it much harder to say what needs to be said. Try stepping away for a moment to let the ego calm down. This makes it easier to communicate nonjudgmentally about the effect someone’s action or an experience has on us.
- Listen to your inner voice: Don’t fight the inner voice. If you’re being triggered by an inner critic, don’t reply with an opposing opinion — that reaction will only start an argument with a force whose sole training and mission are to put you down. Practice positive affirmations!
- Find the source of your trigger: Dig deeper. What caused your trigger?
Was it something that happened from your past/present? Was it that someone said? Just be aware; do not resist. Breathe into that emotion. Let that emotion be; release whatever shows up!
- Release the trigger: Practice various mindfulness techniques to release your trigger. The easiest way is to journal about it. Meditation helps too. Get your chakras balanced and release toxic energies by trying a Reiki session!
As we practice knowing and showing our emotions, we become less likely to react inappropriately when we have strong feelings. Practice knowing and showing your emotions. Emotions are like muscles: They develop in healthy ways by being used appropriately.
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