You know how you know when your starting to heal?
Three hours afterwards, you realize you weren't triggered by what should have triggered you.
And that, my friends, is progress.
A trigger is basically any internal or external reminder of the original trauma. Sometimes we are aware that we have been exposed to a trigger and sometimes we are not.
But our body remembers, either way. That's why we get emotionally flooded- we experience more emotion than we can process or manage at once. And it feels awful; like a panic attack or a heart attack or a complete mental breakdown.
Slowly, deliberately, we begin to heal. And our triggers don't own us anymore.
Keep on healing, friends, - M
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The Motley Ms.
Hi! My name is Melinda. I'm a saved-by-grace-er, lifelong learner, INFJ, health & fitness trynabe, Mom, #vanlifer, mental health vlogger, and Director & Clinical Supervisor at a Child & Family Therapy Practice in Northern California.
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