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What are triggers?

Avoiding your trigger isn't healing. Healing happens when you're triggered and youre able to move through the pain, the pattern, and the story, and walk your way to a different ending.

We repeat what we don't repair. Being triggered is having an emotional or physical reaction tp an external factor that reminds one of a traumatic event they have experienced. Whether the trauma expereinced was a life-threatening instance or series of more subtle instances that built over time, feeing triggered remains a deeply uncomfortable experience.

This feeling is "likely to take you out of your body, making you less present in the moment." Trauma is strored in the body and this can manifest in "stuck" or "frozen" emotions triggering physical responses such as chronic pain or tension.

How to identify and respond to triggers

Notice the reaction and bodily response you are experiencing. think about what caused the shift in your emotional and physical distress, external factors like noise you heard, things you saw, people around.

Once you identify a pattern and become aware of what causes the reaction, you may dig deeper. It is important to work on changing your thought pattern about certain triggers and learn how to distinguish what is real and what is not.

Gaining grounding skills to help you stay present in moments of distress due to a trigger. Practicing mindfulness on a general basis will allow one to develop the ability to be in the moment and increase self-awareness, awareness of your surroundings, a awareness of your thoughts.

How emotional trauma effects the brain

The basal ganglia helps set the body's anxiety level and cause you to jump when you get startled, shake when you're nervous, or freeze when you're afraid.

over activity in this brain region is associated with increased anxiousness, tension, fear, and awareness.

Excess activity in the amygdala can generate angst and anxiety.

when there is heightened activity in the AGS (anterior cingulate gyrus), people tend to get stuck on distressing thoughts and worry. It can also make people rigid thinkers with a tendency to be argumentative and to hold grudges. Excessive activity in the thalamus is associated with increased sensory awareness, which can make you feel overwhelmed by everyday sights and sounds. It is also noted in people with chronic pain.

The right temporal lobe is involved in understanding facia expressions and verbal insinuations.(critical social skils). Too much activity in the lobe is associated with misleading cues from other people.

The brain can heal from emotional trauma.

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