I am triggered.
Sharings on what to do with our triggers.
I am triggered.
Navigating social situations when dealing with triggers can be incredibly difficult and emotionally taxing.
Triggers are those things that provoke upsetting emotions and distressing memories, making you feel like you're reliving past traumas all over again.
What are some triggers that you are faced with from time to time? And how do you cope with them?
When triggers arise, it's so important to take a step back and practice self-care.
Remove yourself from the situation until you feel grounded and safe again. Do some deep breathing, go for a walk, journal your feelings, call a friend or loved one.
Don't feel pressured to jump right back in before you're ready. Your mental health and comfort should be your top priority.
Triggers can be complex and highly personal.
What affects one person may not affect another.
Spend time reflecting on your experiences to gain awareness and insight into what triggers you and why. Learn to identify your triggers so you can avoid or prepare for them.
Let your close ones know how they can support you - whether it's giving you space, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. With time and practice, triggers may feel less distressing, though they may not go away completely.
Remember that you deserve to feel safe, seen, and comfortable. Don't be afraid to speak up and communicate
If you will need someone to speak with, our hearbud friends are here for you.
Words contributed by our volunteer Jackyln.