EP. #147: 4 Steps for Managing Emotional Triggers
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Do you ever feel like you’re sucked back emotionally to a time when something painful happened to you?
All of those same painful feelings start flooding you again, like it was just yesterday?
Or perhaps there is someone in your life who drives you nuts with their insensitive behavior or comments, and every time you see them, you feel these familiar uncomfortable feelings.
What you’re experiencing are emotional triggers.
What happens when you’re triggered is that you’re reminded of something painful, and your brain will naturally direct you to dive back into that memory.
You may start overthinking the situation, reexamining it, obsessing about it, getting angry, or scared or hurt all over again.
You probably haven’t processed the emotions yet, or perhaps only partially.
If you’re an emotional eater, there’s a good chance some of your triggers are feelings that you haven’t let yourself really feel because you distract yourself from them by eating.
When you get triggered, your beastie brain takes the wheel, and makes it difficult for you to see that you have other options. That’s how triggers lead us to make bad decisions or react in ways that we don’t like.
But you do have other options.
To reclaim your power, you need to break that trigger pattern.
Listen to learn the steps for managing your triggers so they don’t take your power away.