Day 232: Triggers

When I returned to work yesterday, I noticed this:

My authentic happiness about returning was NOT marred by feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear. I felt comfortable and safe.

I remark on this because I’ve been working at a hospital for the past two years and — while I love the work I’m getting to do there — hospitals can “trigger” old and unpleasant memories for me.  (As I’ve mentioned in my About page and in several posts during this year, I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a kid, because of my unusual heart.)

To help with the writing of this post, I just googled “stress trigger,” to see what would come up.

Here’s the first thing that came up:

11 Common Stress Triggers, at the Whole Living website. This website, apparently, has  something to do with Martha Stewart, who seems to have a lot more time than I do, because I see her and her products constantly, including these kinds of things at pet stores.

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Anyway, where was I, before the picture of the dog dressed up as a dragon?

Oh, yes, the “Whole Living” article that came up, in response to googling “stress triggers.”  I looked at other articles, too, and several of them made similar points.

For example, it’s helpful to be aware of your personal stress triggers.

Also, there are common kinds of stress triggers. That Whole Living article listed the following ones:

  1. Money issues.
  2. A job that never ends.
  3. A job you don’t like.
  4. Your relationship.
  5. Constant caregiving.
  6. Holiday pressures.
  7. Taking on too much.
  8. Not enough quality time.
  9. Striving to be perfect.
  10. A lack of passion.
  11. Disorganized clutter.

Here are my thoughts, looking at that list:

  1. It can be helpful to “consider the source,” whenever other people tell you their opinions (about you, or about the world).  For example, if my thoughts went in the direction of imagining — and bringing to market —  lots of Halloween costumes for pets, I would likely be stressed out by holidays pressures, taking on too much, and disorganized clutter, too.
  2. You can learn from everybody.  For example, I am stressed out by holiday pressures and taking on too much (although I seem to have quite the tolerance for disorganized clutter).

Okay. At this point in this blog post I would like to ask myself something.

What did I hope to communicate, when I started this blog post this morning?

I actually wanted to say this:

When I am not being “triggered” by old memories, I can be more present. As a result, worries, anxieties, and cognitive distortions are reduced.

Then, I have the space and time to think about priorities, and to realize what seems to be “missing” or under-represented in my life.

Here are two things I would like to be doing more of, at this phase of my life:

  1. Music, specifically performing.
  2. Spending time with my sister (who is the surviving person of my family of origin and whom I’ve definitely seen less frequently, the past two years).

That helps, to write those things down today.

Are there achievable next steps I can identify,  right now, to work towards those two goals?

Yes.

Will I do those?

Yes, I will take those identified steps today. (Psssttt!  The magic word, above, was “achievable.”)

Well, everybody, that concludes today’s blog post.

Thanks to my sister, Martha Stewart, tolerant pets everywhere, and to you, for reading today.

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8 thoughts on “Day 232: Triggers

  1. Hmmm…. I too have a high tolerance for disorganized clutter… though I like to think of it as organized clutter 🙂 Really. I know exactly where I put that….

    Triggers are funny — though initially they may trigger stress — they can also be trigger points to release old anxieties, to move through the stress point and find peace and tranquillity on the other side. As long as I’m willing to ask myself — what’s the question behind the question (QBQ) stress triggers won’t ignite stress — they can detox me!

    Love your list and your insight on ‘achievable’ steps to take. Nice!

    • Love this comment, Louise, and I can definitely relate to “organized clutter.” I am going to think on your insights about triggers, too. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi! I’ve enjoyed your blog and have decided to nominate you for a Liebster Award.
    Here is your nomination: http://mostlytrueramblings.com/2013/08/20/no-chit-i-got-an-award-no-for-real-i-mean-it-just-read-this-dang-it/
    Congratulations!
    Deanna

    • Deanna! I am flattered and honored at the nomination. However, I was nominated for this award earlier this year, so I’m making up a new rule (for myself) regarding awards: I will respectfully decline awards that I’ve already been nominated for.

      As with everything else, I’m making this up as I go along. But again, thank you so much for the nomination.

  3. findingmyinnercourage

    Triggers are interesting little creatures in our lives. Loved this Blog!

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