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Being Mindful Of Others’ Triggers

With the July 4th holiday approaching, it is always a good idea to have empathy and keep in consideration those around you and how their experiences impact their daily lives. For example, many veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fireworks on the 4th of July may trigger some veterans. It’s important to consider how they may feel and react when setting off loud fireworks all throughout the night. This isn’t just a case to consider on the 4th of July, however. We should all be mindful of those around us and take an extra second or two to think about how our actions may impact those around us. Another difficult situation for some people to be in are times when a person is managing an alcohol addiction and they are surrounded by friends and family who are drinking heavily. 

Those dealing with addictions do not want your pity. They don’t want to feel like that are being treated like children. This is not what we do at Villa Tranquil Recovery. We treat our patients with dignity and respect. Our trained staff employs empathy when helping with you. When you’re mindful of your friends’ and family’s triggers, they will be more likely to open up to you in the future. We hope you will be the same way with us at Villa Tranquil Recovery, too. We practice mindfulness — not just within ourselves, but with those around us as well. 

Here are a few ways you can be mindful of others’ triggers:

1. Ask them what they need from you

Oftentimes, someone who is struggling will be hesitant to ask for help. They may feel embarrassed or ashamed that they need your help. Asking what you can do for them is a great step that you can take to help make them a bit more comfortable.

2. Ask them if your actions are appropriate

If you know that your friend or family member is struggling with an alcohol addiction, for example, you may want to ask them if it is appropriate to be drinking around them. Not that you need their permission, but being around alcohol may put them in an awkward situation. Asking shows you care.

3. Show them the regular compassion you would show anyone else

Don’t treat them any different than you treat any other of your friends or family. They aren’t children that need to be babied. They don’t want your pity. Just be your normal self. Show them compassion and love like you would anyone else. 

At Villa Tranquil Recovery, we want to show you care and compassion. We want to help you learn your triggers so that you can teach others about them, too. Call our experienced team today at 214-799-3080.Being Mindful Of Others’ Triggers