A traumatic trigger is an encounter that provokes a traumatic memory in someone when has experienced trauma.
It acts as unwanted residue of the original event.
The actual triggers can be variable and differ from person to person, making them as unique as fingerprints to an individual.
Every person is different and so many forms of triggers can set someone off.
A trauma trigger can be set off many times a day and it’s not always forewarned or foreseen.
They can sneak up on you like the proverbial vampire and bite you hard.
If there’s no pressure warning and you trigger the shock can multiply the effect of the trigger and as most people’s trigger is somewhat unavoidable its important to learn how to identify and handle them.
Is it possible to look at a person and see their thoughts?
To see their triggers?
To see how they wish they could stop the torture?
That they believe the triggers are worse than the actual event because the triggers rewind and playback the event you lived through the first time and its like life is having a cruel joke playing it over and over but you just don’t get the punchline!
Triggers can lead you down a dark path if they engulf you drugs, drinking, prostitution, self harming can all become coping mechanisms but they won’t stop the original problem and it not make the triggers go away.
Limiting triggers can be achieved
Triggers are negatives so one trick is to turn it to a positive.
Everyone despises me they see me as weak and like I can’t cope.
Change that to
I’m strong and in control. I have survived another day and I will survive tomorrow too.
Affirmations that your mind can respond too and force it to kick out the negative thoughts as it has new positive ones to read.
Plaster your house with sticky notes stating good things about yourself, ask people to tell you one thing about you that they like.
Write it and stick it where you will see it.
Distraction is key to disabling the trigger effect
No matter where you are, what you’re doing when you trigger there is a distraction there. Look around you, and find a focus. The blue sky, the tramp with the trolley, the weird woman at the checkout, the picture on the wall.
If you can’t find a focus click your fingers, it will send a message to your brain that you’re doing something new. It will work on that instead of the trigger.
Music blast your earphones with the best song you know and sing it.
Again its re routing your mind, anything to blindsight your thoughts
Don’t be afraid of your triggers, its your minds way of processing something from before so allow it the time to do so.
Go to our GP and ask to talk to someone who can help you process quicker.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need it sometimes, triggers can be tamed .