Sunday, 24 July 2016

Dealing With Triggers

Whilst in recovery you will find yourself having to deal with your triggers. I have always known what triggers my anxiety and over the years I have learned to deal with it and until the other night I would have 100% said that I am currently living a nice anxiety free life and have not needed to worry about any triggers for a while.

However, a fight within my family which turned physical threw me back to my 8 year old self witnessing domestic abuse. It was a trigger I never really thought about but in that moment I lost myself, I found myself screaming as loud as I could and crying.  Eventually things calmed down and I got a second of quiet before it set in what had just happened and along came the first panic attack I had had in a year. I was drained and shaken up but in the early hours of the next morning I got thinking.

Triggers are something that anyone with a mental illness has to face. I try not to see avoidance as an option and so I thought that I would write down things that help me with my triggers in the hopes that if anyone else is struggling to deal with their triggers they can find comfort and maybe a solution in the things that have helped me.

Having a good support system.

Be that friends or family, my support system are an extreme help. The other night my mum and brother helped to ground me and without them things could have been worse. They put their own feelings aside to help me. And whilst at times i feel guilt and embarrassment that at my age there are times that I need help and to be looked after, it is important to remember that anxiety is a disorder that at times you cannot control. 


I have expressed multiple times that music is a huge part of my life. I have a specific playlist which helps me with my anxiety, it is a playlist which makes me feel powerful and upbeat and it is a great distraction. 

Getting away

Sometimes it is important to sit with your triggers and to try to face them but sometimes it is also important to get away. Take time to realise the progress you have made. 

Dealing with triggers will forever be unpleasant and the other night reminded me that moments of weakness are okay and normal.

 What helps you when you are facing you triggers ?

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