How To Stop Emotional Tripwires From Setting The Tempo Of Your Life

When certain songs, images, or memories evoke pain or overwhelm, it’s natural to shut them off, block them or lock those suckers down tight.

It’s 100% natural to avoid negative memories.

For most of my life, I was encouraged to avoid negative emotions and to focus on the positive.


Recognizing a tripwire.

Last weekend, my friend was helping me strategize my training approach for the 2019 Chicago Marathon, a race she’s (thankfully!) more experienced and qualified to run than I.


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