Off the top of my head, triggers can be anything ranging from a person(s), behavior or objects that causes a reaction that affects our mental being.
One of the important tenets of understanding our mental fragility is to recognize our triggers. If we know our triggers, or even know a few of our triggers, we may be able to know what to avoid. Knowing our triggers is also crucial in helping us know why we are in a distressful state. Most importantly, triggers will help us to know what mechanisms we need to employ in order to start feeling better.
So what happens when I am triggered?
As someone who is ever so helpful, I am oftentimes overwhelmed when too many people are looking to me for help. The pressure of thinking everyone is relying on me elicits emotions of distress and anxiety.
To be honest not all the time I am able to know that I am triggered or what exactly causes me to be in a certain mental state.
However, at times I feel myself wanting to be in isolation, my sleeping pattern is disrupted, and I prefer to lie in bed all day without interacting with anyone.
The increase of such patterns always let me know that something is resting on my mental psyche. And the best part is, I do let myself wallow in my depression and anxiety.
Sometimes we all need a break and personal space.
People and life can be overwhelming.
But as I grow and learn more about myself, I realize that I have adopted certain actions or refrain from certain actions and relationships that will cause me to feel depressed.
Certainly, life is unpredictable and uncontrollable so I am not always able to take control of the circumstances that I experience.
But here are a few things that I have done to help me when I am triggered or to prevent me from being triggered:
- I refrain from being in constant contact with people who always seem to need from me.
- I refrain from having relationships that are parasitic.
- I refrain from being amongst people who always have negative things to say and who want to convince me that the worse things are good for me.
- I do not associate myself with those who will whisper all the bad and negative things others have said about me.
- When I am triggered, I try to change my chain of thoughts (not to happy thoughts) but to understand what I am going through and see what I can do to start feeling better.
- I also take the time to feel the pain, hurt, sadness and anger before trying to work on feeling positive emotions.
Despite what we are facing and going through, I know some days are better than some.
And the truth is we all have days of feeling low.
Sometimes we prefer not to feel our pain, hurt and are scared to embrace our diminished mental state, but we should all remember that we are all human. And while we can aspire and work towards perfection, no one is perfect and nobody’s life is perfect.
So do not beat yourself up too much when you are going through a low time. Always remember there is hope and while our current distress may seems like forever evrything in this life is temporary.