How do I handle triggers?
Last Updated: 12/29/2015 at 2:51am
Johanna Liasides, MSc
I work with youth and young adults to help them improve depressive symptoms and self-esteem as well as effectively address family, relationship and peer conflicts.
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The best way to handle triggers is to take notes on what generates flashbacks and attacks when it comes to words, places, and even people; then figure out what works best for each to keep you calm. For example, if something someone said triggers bad memories for you or you feel a flashback coming on, try grounding exercises such as describing your environment, touching an object and describing what you feel, and ground yourself into reality rather than the memory.
You can start by knowing what triggers you and go from there, like when theirs a trigger work though it
To handle triggers, i find it easiest to find an outlet. go running, write, draw, work out, just simply breath and ignore the outside world for like 5 minutes.
When a trigger comes up, acknowledge it. Then come back to your breath and the present moment. Look around you. Realize the exact time and space you're in. By coming back to the present, you eliminate the trigger. And if need be, get out of the space you're feeling triggered.
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