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Are Your Emotional Triggers Dictating Your Life?

Are Your Emotional Triggers Dictating Your Life?

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Waiting in lines, feeling controlled, and feeling like I lack something are things that push my buttons!

What triggers YOU?

Being triggered means having a strong, uncomfortable, emotional reaction to something that wouldn’t normally bother you.

It could make you feel panicked, overwhelmed, and sad, or cause you to act out, withdraw, or react defensively.

We all have our own unique emotional triggers or buttons. Maybe being late, sarcasm, or rejection sets you off.

But how do you handle these situations when they happen? Do you take action or do you let them affect your entire day, or even your life?

Now, triggers come in many forms, but they all have one thing in common: they catch you off guard and It's important to recognize them.

Here are some ways to spot when you might be triggered:

1. Pay attention to your feelings.

Notice if you suddenly feel anxious or overwhelmed or find it hard to calm down. These emotions can arise unexpectedly and may not directly relate to your current situation. If you’re feeling intense emotions without a clear cause, you might be triggered.

2. Something is bothering you.

Is there suddenly something on your mind? If it’s a significant issue, feeling concerned might be natural. But if it’s a routine matter causing stress, there could be deeper reasons behind your reaction.

3. Listen to your thoughts.

Have you caught yourself repeatedly discussing or venting about a particular issue? Even if you thought you had moved past it, talking about it might bring back strong emotions. This could indicate that the issue is triggering you.

4. Check your reactions.

Trigger responses can be intense and out of proportion to the situation—like having a hair-trigger reaction. If you find yourself overreacting frequently, pay attention. It might not be about what’s happening right now but about an underlying stressor.

Understanding your triggers is crucial for managing your emotional responses and handling tough situations more effectively.

Now that you’ve identified your triggers, how can you heal these emotional wounds?

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Follow these steps to erase limiting beliefs that hold you back and replace them with positive thoughts:

1. Connect with your younger self who adopted these negative beliefs. Common negative beliefs include “I’m not lovable,” “I’m not enough,” “I’m not worthy,” or “I’ll never succeed.”

2. Recall a moment that reinforced these beliefs. Give your inner child the love and reassurance it needed back then. Tell yourself that you are lovable, worthy, and enough. Imagine your present self loving, comforting, and embracing the younger you.

3. Release the old negative emotions and beliefs. Visualize these beliefs being washed away like the ocean cleansing your body of thoughts like “I’m not lovable,” “I’m not worthy,” and “I’m not enough.”

4. Bring your younger self into your present. Envision this part of yourself joining your team to move forward and find happiness.

Healing isn’t something you do once and forget about—it’s a journey. You can start yours by identifying your triggers right here. It’s the quickest way I know!

Simply take this free assessment. In just 30 seconds, uncover your #1 limiting belief and you’ll receive a personalized report with simple steps to overcome it, plus an invitation to a masterclass—all completely free!

I hope you join and remember to approach your triggers with compassion—they're there to protect you.


Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.

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