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3. Your triggers are your freedom

What is a trigger? A trigger is something that affects your emotional state in an intense way from anger, overwhelm or distress. You will likely have no control of this feeling as your prefrontal cortex, which is the rational thinking part of our brain, shuts off.

Everyone will have triggers but not everyone will be aware of them. Becoming aware of ourselves and our feelings is the first step. Once you're aware that all our emotions are ours, that no one can influence our emotions unless we have a wound or scar deep down inside that is unhealed.

Triggers aren't bad, it is the intelligence of our body and mind guiding us to where we need to heal. When we become aware, we can begin the journey of healing, growing, becoming happier, healthier, having more energy and a better connection with ourselves and others. Freedom begins once we start to understand our inner wounds and triggers.

Here are some steps that can help guide you during or after you have been triggered to developing a deeper understanding of yourself:

  1. NOTICE: slow down and take note of what you are feeling such as anger, shame or numbness.

  2. BREATHE: take a moment to breathe into the part of the body that is activated or numb.

  3. FEEL: take ownership of what is happening in your body and feel it with compassion.

  4. LABEL: Ask yourself, how does this make me feel?

  5. QUESTION: Ask yourself, what unresolved trauma is this pointing at for me? What can I learn about myself from this trigger?

Everyone has inner wounds from their childhood or traumatic experiences in their life. Get curious about your feelings and free yourself so you can live your true authentic life. See the wisdom in being triggered and guide yourself to dive deep into why you're feeling the way you do. You hold the power to change. If you're struggling to understand yourself, I'm available for 1:1 coaching to help guide you on your journey.

Sending you positive vibes!

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