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Everyone has triggers. Those triggers can push you towards certain emotions, actions, or reactions. If you struggle with a mental health disorder or addiction, then you may find it helpful to learn exactly what your triggers are.

When you know what your triggers are, then you can work towards managing and understanding them. Here are a few tips to help you get started with learning and managing your triggers.

Determine When You Begin to Feel Triggered

Try to stay in the moment and acknowledge when you begin to feel triggered. Moments can occur so quickly, so determining the exact moment you got triggered can be challenging.

Remain in the moment and try to continuously acknowledge your feelings and emotions as they come. By doing this, you can begin to look for patterns. You may notice similar moments continuously occurring that you had never noticed before.

Notice the Setting

Where are you when you get triggered? What does the setting look like? Are other people around? Are they involved? Is conversation involved? When you can analyze your setting, you can begin to better understand what you need to change to either avoid your trigger or learn how to better respond to it.

Create Goals

Work on creating goals that focus on your triggers. Create a plan for when triggers happen and how you will respond. Goals will help you to keep working towards your ultimate response goals. Know where you want to see your responses a year from now. Create small steps to get you to your ultimate goal.

Triggers can have a significant impact on your life. They can easily stifle growth and negatively impact relationships. If you are struggling to create goals, consider working with a mental health professional.

Often triggers can have deep-rooted causes that go far below the surface struggle. A mental health care provider can help you analyze your past to better understand your present.

If you struggle with a mental health disorder or addiction, you may find it beneficial to identify and manage your triggers. When we identify our triggers, we can learn how to work through them. Work on determining when you are triggered and what the setting looks like. Then work on creating smaller steps to help you to move toward your larger goals. Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging triggers can be and how overwhelming they can seem. Call (855) 483-7800 today to learn how we can help you achieve your goals.