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Journal Prompts for Triggers

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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 for Sharing Your Story

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!

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