When you have a Mental Health problem is important to identify possible triggers. Identifying triggers is not easy for most people but once having that support to help you (if needed) things can become much easier.
I am going to provide a definition of a Trigger just to ensure everyone knows what it means; Trigger : Causes something to function or activate (In the terms of mental health a trigger is something that will activate an emotion, behaviour, feeling, response causing you to feel anxious or depressed). In life there is a trigger to everything (everything happens for a reason). For example when you wake up in the morning and feel depressed or anxious, something trigger this feeling. You may say “I wake like this everyday “ which maybe true, but there is a reason why you wake up like this everything and you can identify this, which will help with the problem.
Examples of what I mean by triggers, is thinking to yourself :
- Why did/do I feel low today ?
- Why did/do I feel anxious today ?
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming trying to understand what triggers your thoughts, behaviours or feelings, below is a how to guide in order to help you identify triggers to your Mental Health.
How to identify what triggers you :
Step 1: Keep a journal for notes, when you notice a change in your thoughts, behaviour and how you feel physically.
Step 2: Think about what happened before the changes occurred, this can include, where you were, who you were with or how you felt.
Step 3 : Think about how you felt during and after the situation or event occurred.
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