How to Be More Aware of Your Unhealthy or Negative Triggers

5 Things to Keep in Mind to Manage Your Emotions Better

As part of our ongoing mental health and growth, learning to identify our emotional triggers and manage them better, is really important.

The better we can manage our emotional triggers, the less reactive we’ll be, which means we’ll not let external events or conditions affect us in a negative way.

What is an Emotional Trigger?

An emotional trigger is something that brings up certain feelings within us. These feelings may be positive or negative.

We naturally prefer to experience positive rather than negative emotions, so it’s valuable to know what triggers us to have negative emotions. Examples of negative triggers include:

  • Being rejected by someone.
  • Having one of our personal values violated.
  • Being ignored by someone.
  • Someone blaming, shaming, criticising or judging us.
  • Being controlled or threatened by someone.
  • Not being included in a decision that affects us in some way.

There are many things that could be added to the list that can triggers us, which is why it’s important to learn to identify them and also be aware of them when they’re actually happening.

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