One topic that we address consistently is how to manage triggers. I also see many of the AToN principles incorporated into the following steps. I hope this can help someone in a pinch!
- Stop, breathe, calm yourself.
- Think about what just happened. . .what exactly was triggering? Why? What feelings did it provoke? Were those feelings a rational reaction to the situation?
- Tell yourself verbally that you are not going to let this hinder your recovery.
- Make a list of all the reasons for recovering.
- If there is someone you can talk to, go to them. Even if you don’t go into specifics, let them help.
- Allow yourself to feel upset about the trigger – you can’t hide away your feelings! Acknowledge that the situation affected you and take steps toward carrying on regardless.
- Remember the bigger picture – the end goal: FREEDOM
- You are loved and worthy.
- Do something that pleases you.
- Relax, you’re doing so well, I believe in you.
I found this Information from Ocd9Teen and felt it was an intelligent, concise, step-by-step “how to” that could be of benefit to anyone in recovery. I cannot take credit for the following steps – but I am grateful for all of the support that is out there for all in recovery.