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Navigating through our triggers




"True balance is about being a warrior when it comes to what matters to you most and being gentle with yourself when life throws you a curve ball."

- Sara Avant Stover

As we welcome the month of October cosying up with chunky jumpers, finding our inner balance is the state to be in right now. When we achieve balance within us, we are less likely to be triggered from all that is going on around us.


Triggers are emotional reactions that are based on unhealed past traumatic events. When we find ourselves continuously being triggered, we can easily be overwhelmed by extreme emotions rising at once, we become closed off and disconnected.

Emotional triggers can be an event, scent, sensation, behaviour that brings up a traumatic memory for us.

We can also be triggered when our boundaries are crossed and when we are feeling powerless.

Being curious about our triggers and the reaction it brings up in our body and thoughts will guide us to the root cause, which is a process that requires self compassion.

Healing happens when we are triggered and yet we recognise it, respond rather than react and move through the emotion, the pain, the story into a different outcome from the past event with strong boundaries.

When triggered and overwhelmed, take a step back and acknowledge that your system needs space to balance the emotions in order to reconnect. Reconnecting with yourself and your environment.

Monitor what is happening within you and around you.

Be compassionate towards yourself.

Monitor your feelings - don’t think about your feelings, just feel.

What am I feeling right now?

Am I trying to suppress my feelings?

Am I feeling nothing or am I feeling too much?

Monitor your mind - the mind and emotions are connected.

Is my mind too busy, racing and intense or slow and spacious?

Monitor your breathing - is it fast and shallow or deep and slow?

What traumatic memories is it bringing up for you? Make your exhale longer to stimulate your body's rest and digest.

Monitor your environment - try to connect back to your surroundings by observing what you can smell, touch, see, hear and Take long deep breaths to slow your heart rate down.

Journal your findings - I am a big fan of journaling, it helps to not overthink. Journal even the positive progress that you are achieving.

If it is too much for you to be in your body or too many emotions are rising to be dealt with and you feel the need for suppressing them, find a therapist that you trust to help you on your healing journey.

Further journaling enquiries that you can make for your guidance are:

Do you easily get triggered?

How do you navigate yourself through triggers?

Do you listen to what your body is telling you?

Where have you reacted defensively from a wounded and judgemental place instead of seeking understanding?

Are you willing to seek and maintain balance within and without?

CranioSacral Therapy and Transformative Distant Healing helps delve deep within your emotions and beliefs. By working together we can explore your system to help bring balance and harmony within your system.

Please do reach out if you would like to book a free consultation, support on your healing journey or just simply relaxing and healing your skin from inside to the outside with Face Gua Sha Therapy or