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Amanda Knowles

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On this page. We will provide you with an Identifying triggers worksheet. It will help you identify the triggers that provoke you to react emotionally. 

What is the Identifying triggers worksheet?

Identifying Triggers worksheet is about spotting and finding out such factors that aggravate you to respond emotionally. Triggers are any stimulus or element that makes you react. They are unique and personal. They vary individually; what might be a trigger for you might not be for somebody else.  Triggers are reminders from our past that put us in distressing thoughts. Triggers can be anything from our past, places, people, emotions, and behavior that can cause distress. They can take you to the past in just a minute.

How will Identifying triggers worksheet help?

The worksheet will help you identify the things, emotions, situations, and behaviors that provoke you to react.  Triggers can be positive or negative; primarily, negative triggers have the most damaging effects. Identifying triggers is an essential component of relapse prevention. Triggers can be external and internal; to learn coping skills, you must find out what, when, and how your triggers affect you. 

Instructions on how to use the Identifying triggers worksheet

Once someone in recovery knows what triggers them, they are better positioned to stay sober one day at a time. One of the most important steps to identifying triggers and managing them in healthy ways is self-awareness, then thinking about a plan and taking action.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with an Identifying triggers worksheet, which hopefully helped identify the triggers that provoked you to react emotionally. 

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.