You might not know it, but there are many people out there who suffer from a condition called sound triggers. Sound triggers affect people in different ways. Some may only get triggered by certain sounds, while others experience all types of sounds as triggers. Even worse, some individuals have to deal with both visual and auditory stimuli that cause them to feel uncomfortable or anxious. In this blog post we will discuss what sound triggers are and how they make you feel; why they happen to some people but not others; how you can stop yourself from getting triggered by sounds; tips for coping with sound triggers; and more!
What are Sound Triggers and How Do They Make You Feel
At its simplest, a sound trigger is anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. It can be an emotion, feeling, or sensation that causes your body to react in some way. For example: if someone shouts at you, it might make you feel afraid and scared; when hearing certain tones of music (such as heavy metal) for many people the reaction might be anger or irritation.
Some people are triggered by sounds that make them feel angry, sad, frustrated, anxious, and other negative emotions. Other triggers could include smells (such as a perfume you don’t like) or the memories of certain events (such as birthday parties).
The severity of sound trigger reactions differs from person to person – some people might find it difficult to listen to or watch certain types of media because they will unconsciously react, while others are able to withstand the triggering content. The more often someone is triggered by a sound, smell, or other stimulus, the stronger their emotional response becomes.
Sound triggers can be any type of noise that sets off an unpleasant feeling and makes you feel uncomfortable.
Why Does it Happen to Some People but not Others
For most of us, a sound trigger will be something that we can tolerate or ignore – in other words, these sounds don’t make you feel anxious or upset and they won’t affect your mood negatively.
However, for some individuals, there are certain triggers that set off a larger emotional response than others. For example, some people might be triggered by loud voices or certain types of music while other sound triggers won’t affect them as much.
Biological factors such as genes and hormones can also play into the severity and number of triggers that someone experiences.
The type of stimuli (i.e., sights, smells, sounds) that triggers someone will also depend on the person’s personality and history.
How Can You Stop Yourself From Getting Triggered By Sounds
The best way to reduce sound triggers is through prevention – this could mean taking steps such as avoiding certain types of media (such as watching TV or listening to heavy metal music), using earplugs and other types of sound protection, or avoiding certain social situations.
Once you’re triggered by a stimulus (such as hearing an unpleasant sound) it can become difficult to stop the feelings from happening again; this is why prevention is so important!
If you are already experiencing triggers related to sounds then here are some ways that may work for you:
- Listen to music or other types of media that are relaxing for you.
- Listen to calming music while going about your day-to-day life (try listening during car rides, in the office)
- Practice deep breathing exercises – take a few moments each time and focus on your breath coming into and out of your body
- Continue speaking to yourself in positive ways, no matter what is occurring around you
- Find a friend or family member who can help comfort and support you during tough times.
Tips for Coping With Sound Triggers
Coping with sound triggers can be difficult, especially because the reactions often happen before you’re even aware that they are triggers. Here are some tips to help you cope with sound triggers:
- Listen to music that helps calm your anxiety (try listening while going about your day)
- Practice deep breathing exercises (take a few moments each time and focus on your breath coming into and out of your body)
- Find someone to talk or listen to you when you’re feeling sad, frustrated or angry.
- Practice mindfulness and mindfully take in your surroundings (even when you’re triggered).
- Ask for help from others – there’s no shame in asking for a small favor or to talk about what is bothering you.
- Try not to focus too much on negative thoughts, feelings or events that are occurring outside of yourself.
In conclusion, sound triggers can be difficult to deal with because of their sudden onset and the emotional response that they cause.
However, there are plenty of ways to cope with sound triggers and prevent them from happening in the future.
Sound triggers are a challenge, but they don’t have to be an obstacle!