I plop onto the couch completely drained of energy from my stressful day. My special boy kitty, Sesame, jumps into my lap and demands pets. As I succumb to his need for attention, I find I am also getting benefits. My energy returns and my stress fades. I am soothed by the power of the purr. My trigger, multitasking over a 12 hour period with intense focus.
You might find yourself in a similar situation and say, “holy cow there are certain things that do stress you out. It’s Stress Awareness Month and what we often overlook, is we recognize the stress, but forget there are triggers prior to the stress “every single time.” When you recognize your triggers you can head the stress outcome at the pass.
If you don’t have a cat, then here are some tips and tricks to recognize a trigger or two and what to do when you do recognize them.
- You find you’re anxious when walking home at night because you’re worried about safety. When you recognize the trigger, it’s dark, turn on a light before you leave the house in the morning. If you’re concerned about leaving a light on all day, there are many simple and easy devices to automatically turn lights on at a particular time of day.
- You find you get stressed out when thinking about driving to work because you’re afraid you’ll be late. If you live in a major metropolitan area this is a very real part of your life. When you recognize the trigger, there are several solutions:
*Leave earlier for work, if you arrive early to work it’s a bonus to chat with others, get some coand start your day with a smile instead of a GRRRR
*Commute to work with a buddy. Bonus here is using a HOV lane and waving bye, bye to those you pass
*Get your exercise in by walking to and from work by taking public transportation
*Most of all, take a deep breath.
What are your triggers?
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