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Co-workers and employers or employees can be a trigger daily for us. 

If we faced certain challenges with authority as a child, we can be triggered by those we work with quite often. 

Many of us spend more time with those we work with, than those we live with. Therefore, becoming aware of how we think and feel in a work setting is important for creating happiness throughout our day. 

Knowing when we feel triggered by someone at work can provide us insight into ourselves at a deep level, oftentimes identifying old wounds we may have never taken a look at. 

Your coworker says something to you and all of a sudden a flash of heat rushed through your body and you become angry all of a sudden. WHOA you think to yourself, that was quick.

For the next two hours you are mad and anyone who speaks to you gets a piece of your mind. 

You go home, and yo9ur partner asks how your day was and you bite his/her head off too. 

Your whole day has been on tilt ever since and you didn’t even realize that you’ve been angry ever since that event happened this morning. 

Awareness of your triggers at work, can shorten the amount of time you are upset about something that happens in the morning, improves communication with colleagues and ultimately helps you become a happier person for yourself and those around you. 

Identifying when you feel triggered gives you insight into your reactions as well as empowers you to choose to respond, talk it through or let it go and come back to a “happy place” faster, rather than taking it out on everyone around you because something was said that upset you. 

So next time you feel that flash of heat, or want to cry because of something your boss says, know that is a trigger, here’s what to do;

Step 1: Pause and freeze frame the experience,

Step 2: Hit rewind and replay the experience,

Step 3: What was actually said?

Step 4: What was your reaction in the body – what thoughts are you having in this moment?

Step 5: Dive deeper and ask why did this trigger me? 

  • Can you relate it to a past event where you felt this way?
  • Can you relate it back to a childhood experience?
  • Was the person being malicious, or were they just trying to communicate?
  • Was it what they said or how they said it that triggered you?
  • Can you communicate with them in this moment about it to clarify intentions?
    1. If you are too triggered, step away and come back to it later. 

Understanding when you Are triggered and then what triggered you or why you feel triggered opens space for healing within. 

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