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Everyone experiences triggers at some point in life. Learning to understand your triggers and cope with them can be a great goal to strive for. If you have been struggling to cope with a specific trigger, know that you are not alone.

Mental health issues can be very complex and often take a mental health professional to help you fully understand and work through them. As you begin to work towards your goals, here are a few basic ways you can start to understand and cope with your triggers.

Keep a Journal 

Keeping a journal will help you express your thoughts and feelings regarding the triggers you are struggling with. A journal may also help you notice patterns in your behavior. When you can understand your behavior patterns, you can create a plan to handle the situations that are difficult for you to manage.

Learn as Much as You Can

Learn as much as you can about your triggers. When do they typically occur? Do they occur with specific people or at certain times? What emotions do you experience? When did this trigger begin? Try to analyze your thoughts, feelings, and situation. With that information, you can start to better understand your triggers and how to move beyond them.

Rely on Social Support 

Lean on your support system during challenging times. Try to talk with your loved ones about your triggers and what you experience when they occur. Your loved ones want to support you during difficult situations. Find comfort in talking with them. Accept their help when you begin to feel triggered.

Create Goals 

Create goals pertaining to your triggers and your mental health as a whole. What do you want to work on? What do you want to get better at? When you have goals, then you have a specific focal point to strive towards and focus on.

 Learning to manage your triggers is a significant part of the recovery process. Being able to handle your triggers is a great goal to strive towards. Learn as much as you can about your triggers, and use that knowledge to create goals. Rely on your social support network during challenging moments. Here at The Guest House, we understand that working to understand your triggers can be hard. We can help you to learn the specific skills and tools that will help you on your journey. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our different treatment options.