Why doesn't it go away once I recognize it?
It's a great question to ask about triggers, however, just recognition alone doesn't make them or their symptoms go away. There have to be "tools" in place for proactive purposes, as well as, management purposes. Knowing how to regulate breathing comfortably prior to being triggered can potentially help during a flare up.Not developing tools and then having a flare up means you could be setting yourself up for "damage control", in which you begin grasping at just about anything to make how you're feeling in the moment stop.
What is your contingency plan for a PTSD flare up?What tools do you have in place for yourself when something swoops in and lights those triggers up?
Think about it for a bit and see what you come up with. It's an important topic to consider at this time of the year. The holidays are not an easy time for those with PTSD and other anxiety or stress related disorders. Simply dreading the experience isn't going to make how you feel stop or change.....it actually has the potential to make it worse, doesn't it? You begin to create stress because you are worrying about the onset of future stress that has not happened yet.
Begin developing healthy mind/body tools to help you start your days more centered and with less stress, so that when triggers do happen, you are better equipped to handle them.
Remember.............even five minutes of meditation before you start your day can have an impact on your overall well-being.