Turn it into a game: what is the first reaction your body has? You don’t have to do anything else but be aware of these thoughts without reacting to them. What story is your mind creating about the other person or situation?
You’re in a friendly, normal conversation with another person. Your blood pressure is rising, you’re starting to hyperventilate, and you have the distinct urge to strangle the other person. Reflecting on the situation later, you might have realized just how disproportionate your rage was, and how uncomfortably strange your reaction felt.
Even though the other person made a blasé passing comment, you find yourself trying to prevent yourself from screaming down their throat and gouging out their eyes. Almost all of us have some kind of trigger or “hot button,” that, when pushed, sets us of into a tirade of anger, hostility, fearful or resentful behavior.
You may have heard of “trigger warnings” or “getting triggered” by another person before. Emotional triggers are people, words, opinions, situations, or environmental situations that provoke an intense and excessive emotional reaction within us.
Common emotions that we experience while being triggered include anger, rage, sadness, and fear.
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Not only that, but you may have a whole series of triggers (most people do), so be vigilant and open to perceiving a whole spectrum of things that set you off.
As always, it’s important that your record these triggers in some kind of journal (whether a printed one or a digital one).
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