A quick, realistic glimpse at what a trigger IS and what a trigger DOES can be hugely helpful when we perceive something to be life threatening. When we are triggered, our body and brain speed up and our heart
pumps faster, which sends blood
to our muscles, communicating the message that we need to quickly escape. Our bodies prepare to fight or flee (or tense up as if to run). Next, our bodies begin to pump out hormones. It’s their job to help stave off bleeding and keep us safe from infection in case we get hurt. As our brain
communicates to our body that some of its functions are less important, it shuts down the part that stores memory, emotion, and thinking.