Triggers can be like scar tissue from the emotional pain of our past, bringing up negative memories, thoughts and feelings. They can also be the place we automatically go to when someone else’s behaviour or comments make us feel we are being backed into a corner with nowhere to go. Triggers can be extremely intense and painful feelings that emerge and activate our fawn response.
Healing takes time and patience but we can start by trying to recognise our triggers. When we gain awareness of what we find triggering, we can start to look after our emotional wellbeing, plan ahead or practice managing moments we know are going to be uncomfortabe. Here is a worksheet to have a think about what your triggers are and write down any specific triggers and situations.