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Why Should I Be Careful of Emotional Triggers?

Why Should I Be Careful of Emotional Triggers?

Emotional triggers are something every person has at one point or another. It can tilt you off center faster than a tilt-a-whirl, which makes it hard to plant your feet back on solid ground. It can be challenging to identify what happened or how to heal from the experience. Learn some tips for navigating emotional triggers and how to make the best of things when they do hit home.

Know Your Triggers

Everyone has different things which trigger their emotions to go through the roof or down in the dumps. Maybe it was an emotionally unavailable parent, a physically abusive spouse, or some other type of trauma which left you reeling. Since that situation has ended, you are left to cope with the psychological hangover of the traumatic events and deal with the emotions which come up (seemingly out of nowhere). This can lead to shame, blame, anger, addiction, and all sorts of things which further disrupt your life. Some of the following triggers can trip some people up:

  • Rejection
  • Friend or loved one leaving
  • Feeling helpless over painful situations
  • Feel discounted or ignored
  • Feeling like someone is unavailable
  • Feeling blamed or shamed
  • Controlling behavior
  • Expressions of neediness or desire for more connection than you are comfortable with

Childhood Experiences

Unfortunately, many people live with trauma from their past which goes all the way back to childhood. Lots of people do not have stellar childhood experiences. We are all human and are on a learning journey. The challenge is to figure out what triggers emotions and what happens next. Some typical responses to adverse childhood experiences may include:

  • Anger
  • Neediness
  • People-pleasing
  • Shutting down
  • Withdrawal
  • Addictive behaviors
  • Blaming others

Emotional triggers can come up at any time, sometimes without warning. It may feel like a bombardment to cope with what comes up but it is quite common to feel like the pain is overwhelming. The best you can do is be honest with yourself, do an assessment of your emotional triggers, and seek some support if they are wreaking havoc in your life. Self-compassion is the key to learning how to navigate life more openly and honestly, but it can only happen when we are able to identify and work towards healing the things that hold us back from who we want to become.

Emotional triggers are a danger zone for people in recovery because it can quickly trigger a relapse. Addiction recovery is an ongoing journey. We are here to support you every step of the way. Our programs and resources are designed to help you navigate life on theo ther side of addiction. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964