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Paula Rosecky Life Coach, Seattle, WA

When You're Triggered at Work

When You're Triggered at Work 2023_1022_1548


Earlier in my career I managed someone who didn't want to be managed by me.


When she took the job, she may not have understood the org chart.


Or, she thought she could quickly change the situation after she started the job.


Regardless, I had some work to do to manage my own emotions around the situation.


When we're triggered, it can be challenging to get it under control to be able to move forward.


This is the topic of this week's talk When You're Triggered at Work.


Here are some of the highlights:

  • Being triggered just means your nervous system is letting you know something feels off. It's a natural response! Don't beat yourself up about it.

  • You'll probably notice physical signs like flushed cheeks, sweating, or quick breathing. You may also feel suddenly angry, anxious, or frustrated in a way that seems disproportionate.

  • When this happens, simply label it: "I'm feeling triggered right now." This helps you handle the situation intentionally instead of just reacting.

  • Ask yourself: How do I want to respond here? What would my best self do? This helps you build emotional capacity over time.

  • You always have the option to remove yourself from triggering situations. But leaning into discomfort can help you grow too!


In less than 10 minutes, you can listen here.


I'd love to hear if this resonates with you!


Reply and let me know about a time you felt triggered at work.


How did you handle it? What worked or didn't work?

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