Being triggered is having an emotional or physical reaction to an external factor that reminds you of a negative event you have experienced in life.

You can be triggered and know exactly what is bothering you, but sometimes you can feel triggered and don’t even understand the reason why you are reacting that way – that happens because the reasons are hidden deeper on a subconscious level.

Usually triggers come from past trauma. External or internal factors bring the experience back up for the person, in a way retraumatizing them. The reaction that we call ‘being triggered’ could be in the form of a flashback, anxiety, a panic attack, emotional distress, agitation, anger, etc.

It is extremely important for you to recognise your triggers daily, so you can – not only manage to respond to them instead of reacting – but also reflect on the root cause of your behaviour to understand yourself on a deeper level.

Some triggers can be easily eliminated from your life, others not so much. Learning to recognise and manage your triggers not only can reduce a huge percentage of stress in your life, as it also assists to maintain your mental health and wellbeing.

This week pay attention to what is triggering you – it could be someone else behaviours, the traffic, something that is missing in your life, financial matters, and so on. Once you identify your trigger, work on changing your thought pattern about your trigger by learning to distinguish what is real and what is not. What is your ‘story’ about the situation and what is reality.

Understand that your trigger is a powerful opportunity to identify aspects of yourself that need healing, opening doors for awareness and personal growth.

We each have our triggers…things that wait for us in the dark’. – Neil Gaiman