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How to be Self-Aware About What Triggers you


Hey love, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “That’s all well and good for someone who can afford therapy or medication. But what if I can’t afford that? What if there aren’t any resources around?” It’s true that many people with mental illness don’t have access to these kinds of resources, but there are always things we can do on our own that will help manage our symptoms better and lead happier lives. In this article, we’ll explore some ways to be self-aware about your triggers so they don’t become overwhelming obstacles in your life! So be sure you subscribe below for more posts like these.

Keep a list of what your triggers are.

Keeping a list of triggers is the best way to start learning what they are and how they affect you. A trigger is something that makes you feel uncomfortable, whether it’s an event or thought that triggers a reaction in your body. For example:

  • I am triggered by my boss yelling at me for not doing something right
  • The word “no” makes me angry because I think it means no matter what I say or do

Figure out how to tell when you’re being triggered.

  • Look for the signs.
  • Look for the symptoms.
  • Look for the triggers and patterns.
  • Look for warning signs, red flags, and signals that may indicate a potential trigger for you, like anxiety or depression.

When you notice a trigger, stop yourself and take some deep breaths.

When you notice a trigger, stop yourself and take some deep breaths. This can help you to calm down and think about what you can do to help yourself. It may be helpful to write down what happened or describe it in detail so that when the feelings come up again, they are less overwhelming.

For example: “I just had an argument with my boss about something stupid he said about me last week at work. I got upset because I felt like he didn’t respect me as an employee anymore. He ended up yelling at me for no reason at all!”

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After taking your time with this exercise (about 15-20 minutes), try looking at what triggered these feelings in the first place: Was there something specific happening during this interaction? Or was it more general than just one person’s action or words? If there were triggers present throughout the day (like being tired), try thinking about how much effort goes into making sure those factors don’t cause problems later on down the road–and how much effort would be wasted if we avoided them altogether!

Remember that you are your best advocate.

  • You are the only one who knows what you need, and it’s up to you to advocate for yourself.
  • You are the only one who can take care of yourself.
  • You are the only one who can make the best decisions for yourself.

Ask for support from people you trust and safe resources.

Asking for help is a great way to get more self-awareness. It can help you figure out what’s triggering your emotions and behaviors, which can then lead to better decisions in the long run.

Here’s how:

  • Ask someone you trust—a friend, family member, or therapist—for advice on how best to cope with your situation. They will be able to see things from their perspective and offer insight into what they think may be going on inside of your head as well as outside (like how others might react). They could also be able to give helpful tips that might help prevent future situations like this one from happening again!
  • If it hasn’t already happened by now but does come up later down the road when things get really bad (or even just once), write down everything that goes through your mind during those particular moments so that later on when things feel overwhelming again (or anytime), there won’t be any confusion about why certain actions were taken at certain times–and whether those actions were necessary or not.”
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Know that it’s okay to take care of yourself first.

You should never feel guilty for taking care of yourself. If you’re holding back from doing something because it might make others uncomfortable or upset, that’s a sign that they don’t value your wellbeing as much as you do.

If someone who knows and cares about you is pressuring you to do something when it isn’t an option for them, they probably aren’t being honest with themselves or each other. They may want to be able to say “I did this” without having any responsibility for the outcome—but trying so hard not only makes things more difficult; it also makes people sicker than they already are!

Remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can.

Remember that you are doing the best you can. You can’t control other people’s actions, and even if they do something that hurts or upsets you, it doesn’t mean they have any right to do so. It’s up to us to decide what we will allow ourselves to feel and think about our own experiences in life—and that includes the way other people treat us as well as their choices themselves.

You are not alone in these feelings; many people have felt exactly like this before! If someone says nice things out of kindness while they’re being hurtful themselves (like calling me “fat”), I’ll respond with kindness. Instead of anger or resentment because no one deserves my negative energy back—not even them!

Try to face the difficult emotions in a healthy way.

Try to face the difficult emotions in a healthy way. Don’t try to avoid your feelings, suppress them or ignore them. Instead, try understanding what they are telling you and how they make you feel. Then let yourself experience those emotions without judgment or shame. Just as other human beings do when they’re having an emotional experience of their own!

There’s no need for you to feel ashamed about feeling angry or sad. Recognize that these feelings are normal parts of life and a part of being human too!

Being self-aware of your triggers will help in managing them more effectively

Once you’ve identified your triggers, it’s important to recognize the warning signs. These are things that happen before the trigger occurs. Also helps give you an idea of how much time is left until a particular situation becomes a trigger for you. For example, if someone says something hurtful or offensive to me and I feel my face get hot and my breathing becomes shallow. This would be considered one of my warning signs when someone uses offensive language around me. It could mean there’s not much longer before I’ll get triggered by that person or situation again!

If we think about our bodies as being like clocks (or computers), then potential triggers are just data being processed by our brains in real time. They’re constantly changing from moment to moment based on what we’re experiencing at any given moment.

This means that every time we experience something new (like hearing another person use offensive language), those experiences will be stored somewhere within ourselves. That is until they cause us to stress in some way later down the line. And once this happens often enough over time due to repeated exposure


Being self-aware of your triggers is the key to managing them more effectively. It’s important to remember that there are many ways to do this. Including keeping a journal and talking with friends or family members who might have experienced similar feelings in the past. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself before trying anything else because this will ensure your anxiety disorder won’t get out of control as it did before!

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