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Trying to Get Through Hard Moments Without Feeling Triggered

Trying to Get Through Hard Moments Without Feeling Triggered

When you avoid going somewhere, meeting up with certain people, or doing certain activities, it is usually because they trigger some sort of emotional or other response in your body. Feeling triggered can bring up difficult feelings of not being sure what to do or how to get past those things that trigger the response. There are positive ways to cope with hard moments that don’t trigger such a strong reaction. Learn some tips for how to handle it better so you can be less anxious.

Grief Triggers

Triggers are a part of the grieving process for most people because they are out of your control. You may not be able to help that the grocery store is playing a song that reminds you of someone you lost or loved once. Changing seasons may remind you of a loss. Knowing that a trigger can appear or occur anywhere (out of nowhere) can add anxiety and helplessness to the grief. The thing about triggers is, they rarely trigger anything sad. Your emotional response is to something that once was beautiful and happy, but the memories make you feel sad.

What to do instead: focus on the joy and peace those moments brought to you. Find something beautiful in it to focus on, rather than the loss.

Trigger Gratitude

Triggers never entirely disappear. We are human, so we feel things. There are ways to transform triggers into positive emotional responses. Rather than feel the pain of loss, trigger gratitude instead. Trigger a healing place of gratefulness for what they brought to your life. This will be critical to your journey forward to finding joy. Feeling gratitude does not come without effort. You will need to:

  • Trigger your brain response to feel gratitude not grief
  • Feel the pain of the trigger but allow it to transform
  • Live in the memory of the experience, say a prayer of thanks and release it

Even when you realize there are triggers everywhere, you can still experience them without letting them grab hold and shake you to your core. Hard moments will come, no doubt, but they do not have to own your emotional landscape. You are in control of how you process your emotions. It is up to you to use the tools and resources you have (or find new ones) to better cope with life’s challenges. It helps to find accountability partners and support networks to deal with trauma, grief, and recovery.

Grief and addiction go hand-in-hand for some people. Trauma is hard to cope with on a regular basis and it can easily manifest into addiction and mental health issues. We are equipped here at Serenity to identify your challenges and support your recovery. You are not beyond help. Let us help you recover from addiction and find a way to get clean and sober. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401