Here are some of my favorite journal prompts to cope with triggers. It’s one of the many things that I do while feeling triggered myself. If you are interested in learning all of the other ways that I cope with triggers, check out my article on How to Deal with Triggers.
Journal Prompts to Cope with Triggers:
- Relist the events leading up to your trigger.
- What specifically caused this trigger? Was it something that you saw, heard, smelled, touched (or touched you), or tasted?
- How does this trigger feel in your body?
- How does this relate to your trauma?
- What are the negative feelings or thoughts you are having about yourself?
- What is the truth about those thoughts?
- What do you need at this moment to be able to cope with these feelings?
- Why are you holding onto these memories?
- What are you afraid to lose by letting it go?
- How do you wish you could react to this?
- What do you think your future, wiser, more healed version of yourself might do to deal with this trigger?
- What would it feel like to handle this trigger in that way?
- Who can you share this trigger with that will be supportive?
- What do you wish you could have said or done at the moment?
- Finish this sentence: I feel_______
- And this sentence: I need ______
These last two journal prompts are questions I ask myself anytime I am feeling intense emotions. I use these Feelings and Needs Cards to help me better understand what is happening for me in that moment. I hope you find some value in them as well!