Take your triggers seriously

Eating your body weight in corn chips

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Triggers are complicated, scary and powerful.

Whatever is at work in us seems to have its own set of batteries. Especially when it’s something out of the blue that activates our anxiety.

Like a few innocent words from a coworker, a random song on the radio, a person sitting next to you chewing their sandwich loudly, an animated pop up on a website, or walking into a restaurant you used to frequent when you were unemployed, it’s amazing how quickly our brains connect to those old sources of pain.

Maisel’s healing book on creative recovery suggests a three step process. When a situation ignites one of our unresolved problems, fears, and old bruises, here’s what we do.

First, identify what’s irritating you. Are you hungry, angry, tired or lonely?

Second, decide what you can do to change the situation, or your reaction to the situation.

Finally, take action to address the trigger. Employ whatever anxiety management techniques work best for you.

Ultimately, recognizing your triggers of pain can be a huge part of your growth. And although it requires a level of body awareness and emotional maturity that you might not be used to, it’s still healthier than curling up into the fetal position and eating your body weight in corn chips.

Do you take your triggers seriously and know clearly what you will do when you face them?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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