How to Deactivate a Hot Button Reaction
We all have hot buttons, those triggers that ignite when someone pushes an emotional sore spot and we go from feeling calm and collected to frustrated and upset. So, what can you do when you are triggered? In this episode of No More Difficult People, I walk you through my last major emotional flooding. As you listen to this tale of triggered reactivity, see if you can relate. Think of the last time you were having a great day when an encounter with a difficult person sent you spiraling downward. What did you do to get yourself on an upward spiral? Listen and discover strategies that will move you from negative emotional overload to positive experiences.
So, the next time you are hijacked by your hot button, check in with your thoughts and feelings and label what is happening. Slow down and don’t take any actions from inside the hijack. Wait until you are neutral and centered. And finally, remember that you can choose to get yourself back on an upward spiral. You may not have any control over when your hot button goes off, but you always have control over how you respond.