A quick, realistic glimpse at what a trigger IS and what a trigger DOES can be hugely helpful when we stand in the face of something that we perceive to be life threatening. When we are triggered, this is what happens: our body and brain speeds up our heart
, which then sends blood
to our muscles communicating the message that we are going to need to make a quick escape… so our bodies prepare to attempt escape (or tense up as if to run). Next, our bodies begin to pump out hormones – and its their job to help stave off bleeding and help 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 then begins to shut down the part that stores memory, emotion, and thinking.