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Handling Your Emotional Triggers Effectively

 

 

Take control of your emotional triggers by increasing your awareness and developing new ways of responding.

 

Understanding Your Emotional Triggers

 

  • Learn what a trigger is: it’s an experience that draws you back into the past and causes old feelings and behaviors to arise
  • Realize we all have triggers and they’re different with each person
  • Identify internal causes that interfere with your ability to live in the present moment
  • Spot external prompts, like situations or certain people that always “push your buttons”

Managing Your Emotional Triggers

 

  • Keep a journal. Tracking your triggers is often the first step in mastering them.
  • Make time to relax. Reducing daily stress makes it easier to handle intense emotions.
  • Eat right, sleep well, and exercise regularly
  • Take advantage of quiet times to brainstorm new strategies you can use when you’re under pressure
  • Know your capacity and proceed at your own pace
  • Place yourself in difficult positions. Be open to doing something new and more constructive.
  • Develop a strong support network
  • Show compassion. Strive to be a little more patient and forgiving and people will be more likely to do the same for you.
  • If you’re having trouble making progress on your own, seek professional help

 

 

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