Ooooh, I’m getting really good at this. I know what most of them are, and now I’m learning to recognize the sensation in my body as it happens.
It can be something as simple as receiving a blunt reply by text, a “No” in answer to a question. This can trigger feelings of insignificance, as if I’m being brushed off, and of feeling worthless and small. In my body, it shows up as a tightening in my chest, a shrinking and rounding forward of my shoulders, and a slowing and shortening of my breath.
Being able to recognize my triggers reminds me that the stories I tell myself are all my own shit, and the other person’s blunt reply likely has absolutely nothing to do with me. It allows me to act, rather than react, and because of this, I can make mindful choices, rather than act out of unconscious habit.