The role of triggers: Holidays and headaches
As the holiday season approaches, I am reminded of the importance of things that trigger MBS symptoms. I once heard a description of families during the holidays as being, “just the way they are, only more so.” It is quite obvious that certain events and times of the year can cause stress that is clearly recognized by our conscious minds, for example, “I have so many things to do that I can’t find a moment to relax.” However, it is also important to realize that stress is often not recognized, and we would call that subconscious stress. “It seems like I always get sick this time of year, but I don’t know why?” Symptoms that occur at times like this may be caused by underlying feelings about certain family events, or missing certain family members who are not present, or stressful memories that are associated with the holiday season.
I see this all the time in my MBS practice. In fact, one of the most important aspects of successful MBS treatment is the ability of the person with MBS to recognize which triggers are commonly associated with their symptoms, to understand that these triggers are not actually causing the symptoms in a physical sense (more about this point in a moment), and to have the courage to actively overcome these triggers.
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