This post is related to my last one about judgments, but it applies to really all types of stress or triggers.
Disclosure that I am not a medical or scientific professional or even hobbyist. But's it my understanding that hormones and what not, namely cortisol, are released when someone is triggered. It happened to me today when a co-worker was trying to be clever and made a "joke" about my shirt.
Even if I could have lashed out (for instance, if we were not in the workplace), I wouldn't have. I tend to avoid conflict in general and it wouldn't have even been a worthy battle. But I was angry, stressed, and spent the next 15-20 minutes thinking about little subtle acts of revenge I could do.
Then I breathed slower, took a step back, remembered that the hurt are the ones who hurt, etc. Letting go.
But the body has already done its thing, the cortisol is released. That's a biological fact that can't be let go of. Too much cortisol or too often can lead to a variety of health problems.
My other concern is what I think of as letting go might actually be me coping with carrying around the anger and hurt that this person aroused in me.
Anyone else have concerns about cortisol or other health effects of being triggered and/or not letting out anger?
Or if their letting go makes them too passive?