Conquer Your Emotional Triggers!



Hello loves!  I am so pleased with the feedback I received from my last post, you can read it here.  I talked about figuring out what you want and going after it, a possibility all of us can achieve.  Today I want to talk about emotional triggers.  So this morning as I was having breakfast with my family, I got really angry.  Our boys woke up on the wrong side of the bed and they were being very difficult, to say the least.  I lost my patience and told my husband to take care of it and retreated to my bedroom to prepare for our day's shoot.  This anger began to filter into everything as I was getting ready.  I began to feel rushed by my husband, unimportant and crunched into his schedule, I didn't feel valued or important.  That feeling permeated into my creativity and my self esteem.  I couldn't put a look together to save my life.  It was just awful.  I came downstairs, my hubby knew I was upset and asked me what was wrong.  How did I respond? (Come on ladies you know our go-to, lol) I said, "nothing's wrong". 😊 He wasn't buying it so instead of taking a moment to figure out what I was feeling and what triggered it, I picked a fight with him.  All sorts of dumb things came out of my mouth, I was rationalizing picking the argument by saying things like, "well would it be too much to ask to bring your cup downstairs instead of leaving it on your nightstand?" I even threw in, "I just feel so rushed by you, like this isn't important to you, its just another check on the list of less important things to do."  I am telling you ladies I was on fire! 😂 Lucky for me, he knows me better than I know myself and didn't take the bait.  He sat next to me and asked, "what is really going on?" You know what? At the moment I really didn't know but I began to feel comforted by his support and patience.

So what the hell was going on?  An emotional trigger set me on a path of near meltdown porportions. Ok, that might be dramatic, lol.  Have you ever felt this way?  Has your mind just traveled down a deep and dark rabbit hole for what seems to be a simple, inconsequential comment or body language you picked up on?  So in my quest to understand the science behind these triggers I would like to share with you some research I did in the hopes that you will be able to recognize these feelings and head them off at the pass before they get the best of you.  Because they are just feelings after all.

The first step is to accept responsibility for your reactions. You are powerful, you are not the victim of your feelings.  Once you seek to identify what is triggering how you feel in that moment, you have an opportunity to feel differently about them if you want to.  This also gives you an opportunity to gain clarity on what you need to do to feel differently.

The second step is recognizing the physical signs of an emotional reaction, are you breathing quickly or not at all, do you feel pressure in your gut or heart, stop and ask yourself what you are feeling and why. Don't judge or fear your emotions. Explore them.  If you don't, they will consume you and take any hint of happiness with them.

The third step is what triggered this reaction? What do you think you lost or what did you not get that you expected or desired to have? This is the nitty gritty of your triggers.  Some examples are acceptance, be valued, respected or attention be needed to name a few.  Full disclosure, attention is a big one for me.  My hubby is a very busy man, we both are!  But for some reason when he is busy and I am not, it bugs me.  Now at the same time, when I am busy and he is not, I don't think twice about it.  (I know, not attractive at all, but I am just being honest.  Honesty is key to understanding and shining light on the darkest parts of you, and thats the point right?)

Now that you have identified your trigger, the fourth step is what do you want to do about it?  I mean is what you are feeling really what is happening?  Is my husband not attentive to me?  NOT AT ALL. Yes we are busy but we ALWAYS take time for one another.  We went on a date on Friday night and cuddled up to watch a movie in bed Saturday night after he returned from an event he attended.  All important ways he shows me how much he values and appreciates me.  But what if you identify your trigger and in fact that is what is happening?  Well, have a grown-up conversation about what you are feeling and what you NEED.  That is important, don't just say I feel scared (for example) try to understand what you need from the other person in order to feel safe.  Does that make sense?

The final step is to shift your emotional state.  Separate truth from fiction and choose how you want to feel.  I know it sounds easier said than done but its worth more than a try, don't you think?  I know I will actively put these steps into play the next time my mind starts playing tricks on me.  Emotions can be scary, especially if they are triggers we have had for many years but that doesn't mean you can't challenge them.  Take back the control and gain emotional freedom and balance!  Tell me your thoughts below.

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Smile knowing everything will be ok.  You will find your way, and I will help.  Go on and conquer those feelings.

Thanks for reading my loves!

by LifesStyledbyErica

30 comments

  1. Your outfit reminds me of Sandy from Grease in the best way possible! Love!

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    1. I didnt think it at the time..but I can totally see that! Ha!

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  2. I love the black clothes on you! And I can relate to emotional triggers for sure

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    1. Thanks Andrea! We have all been there at one point or another. :)

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  3. Emotional triggers are related to our emotional intelligence as well. great read

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  4. Awesome read and pics. I can totally relate. Had one late last night!!! Thank you for sharing this honest truth!!!

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  5. A great post Erica, and there is no way you have two children in their teens! You look amazing. I think we all have a short fuse at times, and it always seems to be those closest that are on the receiving end of any backlash from that. x

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    1. Why thank you very much! This is very true. I hope this post helps to lessen those moments..at least in theory. :)

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  6. nothing helps you realize your triggers better than time with family. i love mine dearly (and was just visiting them last week) but can be in hot pursuit of a meltdown before i even know what's going on!

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    1. Family, thats a common trigger I am all too familiar with. It takes time, patience and space! LOL

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  7. This is such a great explanation of how to move past emotional triggers. I love that you bring up how important it is to make a conscious decision to shift your emotional state once you've identified the trigger.

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Glad you liked it love. :)

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  8. Just LOVE this - I am always quick to anger and have to remind myself on a daily basis to breath before reacting. My husband is much better at this than I am :) I am inspired by your transperancy. FYI I love the outfit too!

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    1. Thank you Roberta! Your comment makes me smile. It isn't easy to reveal yourself like this, but important to share.

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  9. Thank you for writing this. I often am in a work environment filled with triggers, and these are great tips to help manage my response.

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    1. Oh no, sorry to hear that Kimberly. I do hope this helps. Be well!

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I definitely am learning to control my emotions lately. I could really relate

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    1. Hi Meghan! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this helps. Its a process. :)

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  11. Your post is the bomb girlfriend!! I find myself so often in a mess of emotions and blowing up instead of simply addressing what I'm feeling and finding a mature response. My poor husband has been at the other end of my lash too many times. I love that you addressed something so profound and important but so unmentionable. It's not something that is really though about and talked about.
    -Shavon from dreaminginbabyblue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment love and your honesty. Unfortunately hubbies do bear the brunt of these moments but I have to say my come back game is really strong! :)

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  12. This is really helpful and inspiring girl! We've all been there! lol

    www.lovefromrachel.com

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Unfortunately ver true!

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  13. I love the all black! U rocking it girl!

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  14. These are such great tips for trying to identify your emotional triggers

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  15. You're beautiful and I love your transparency and we all have these triggers. I actually went through something similar today where one thing set me off and I felt so unaccomplished. Then I took a moment to remember all the upcoming opportunities I have coming up that I gained through my blog and had to take time to appreciate my husband who sacrifices so much of his schedule to take my pictures. We are truly blessed, sometimes it's about taking a step back and remembering the specifics that make our lives so great in the midst of an emotional situation. Great post.

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    1. Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. Congrats on all you have accomplished and will accomplish! Just checked out your blog, its gorgeous! Great tips for the minimal office desk space. :)

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