Fight or Flight
This is a sensitive topic for many. Many people do not understand what a trigger is. I have talked about the Limbic System of the brain before in some of my essential oil posts. The Limbic System of the brain controls your heart rate, your memories, your emotions, blood pressure and more. Some people have a general understanding of what trigger is without the title. Have you ever smelled a pine tree and it reminded you of the Holiday season? That is a trigger. The smell was able to trigger a memory. For people who are struggling with Mental Health, it can cause negative feelings, leading to anxiety and panic attacks.
When it comes to mental health, it’s not always black and white when it comes to a trigger. Some people think that it is only one thing. However, it can be a series of different smells, quotes, voices, sounds, people, and events.
It is important to try and recognize what your triggers are, to avoid them. One of my triggers is that I am not good enough, but there are many things that can trigger that feeling, especially my family.
When your body is triggered, it will kick your body into fight or flight mode. Often times for myself, I would shut down. I would feel heavy, tired, exhausted, overwhelmed and I would become so debilitated by these feelings. Sometimes, it and trigger fight and you can become filled with rage and your body will do anything to get out of the situation that it is in.
What to do?
Self-care is important for everyone, but it is vital for someone who is struggling with mental health. After you do something for someone else or something around the house, it is important to take a few minutes for yourself. Practice some yoga, meditation, even self-affirmations. This is going to help prevent some debilitating, overwhelming feelings.
If you are a family member or a friend of a person who is struggling with Mental Health, be there to support them, and help guide them. Know that there Mental Health does not define who they are as a person, but what they are going through. It is hard on them too.
Know that you are not alone, even I can still be triggered. Join a support group, talk to a friend, Join my Freedom Ready Challenge. Know that you should not be defined by your Mental Health.