Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier
Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier

3 ways to deal with emotional triggers

Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier
Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier


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Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier

This first step is important in recognizing your triggers.

If you're like most of us, you've probably spent a lot of time trying to figure out what makes you tick. You've probably tried to identify what makes you happy and what makes you sad; what turns your frown upside down, and what makes your eyes fill with tears. But did you know that there are some things that can set off a cascade of emotions in your body?


These things are called "emotional triggers." An emotional trigger is a stimulus that brings about an emotional reaction without any rational thought or judgment on our part. That's right—you can be sitting at home watching TV, minding your own business, and suddenly find yourself crying over how sad a character's story is! We tend to think of ourselves as rational beings who make decisions based on logic rather than emotion… but we're much more emotional than we realize.

Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier
Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier

 If you feel negative emotions, practice positive actions.

What do I mean by that? Well, it's not just about the words on the page. It's not just about telling yourself to be positive or telling yourself that you're going to be okay when you're feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. It's also about taking action: doing something productive and active in response to those negative feelings.

It may sound counterintuitive, but it works. If you feel anxious about an upcoming event, for example, don't just sit around worrying about how much pressure you're under—get up and do something active instead. Make plans to see a friend or take a walk around the block or go for a run around your neighborhood. You'll feel better and more prepared for whatever happens next!

Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier
Turn your triggers into power By Barbara Bouvier

Turn your pain into power
4-step guide
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Listening to the steps to help you cope with triggers rather than watching one can spark a more emotional response. Studies have shown, that people have a more emotional reaction when listening to an audiobook than they do when watching an adaptation. When we listen to an audiobook, our brain has to create more content, such as imagery, to supplant the words. This helps create a “greater emotional and physiological engagement than watching the scene on a screen, as measured by both heart rate and electro-dermal activity,” according to conclusions drawn by Dr. Joseph Levin. The science makes intuitive sense ‒ hearing a story read aloud emulates social tendencies and humans are conditioned to communicate with each other auditorily. Listening to the 4-step guide will help you to feel, envision, and cope turning triggers into POWER! 


Create Positive Memories from Positive Experiences

 When you think back on your life, what memories come to mind? What memories make you smile or laugh? Are they the memories of fun times with friends or family? Or are they of times when you felt like you had accomplished something important in your life?

The answer to these questions can help you understand why our brains work the way they do. Memories aren't just random snapshots in our minds that we pull up and view whenever we want; they're actually part of our brain's natural process for learning and remembering things.

When we have a positive experience, our brains remember it so that they can better help us navigate similar situations in the future. This is how we learn from our mistakes, but it also means that every time we think back on those positive experiences—even if they're not related to anything else—we're strengthening those connections in our brains.

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