Triggering – or getting your buttons pushed – happens to everyone. This out-of-proportion reaction to difficulties in the present can lead to hurtful or destructive reactions toward ourselves and others. Old troubling emotions from the past – such as anger, sadness, or fear – are particularly close to the surface when we’re tired or stressed. Caregivers experience both physical and emotional stress daily. Without effective self-care, caregivers are prone to triggering and the distress and burnout that can follow. Developing an awareness of triggered emotions – in thoughts, attitudes, and physical sensations – is essential to resolve and recover from a triggering event.

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