This concept became interesting to me after I watched a video by Brendon Burchard. In his video he talked about setting an alarm on your phone that would "trigger" you to stop what you are doing and take a break and just breathe. For him, since he is a writer, every time he would sit down to write he would set his alarm to go off after a certain amount of time. At the sound of the alarm he would take a break; stretch, go outside and just breathe. I could relate to this because I used to sit at my desk for hours on end without taking time just to get up and walk around.
The first step for all of us is taking time to learn about your "triggers". You probably have an idea already. But if you don't, start with food. We all eat AND we ALL have a weakness for some sort of food, I can almost guarantee it. That food can probably be linked to a feeling of indulgence, so when you get stressed or tired your body "triggers" you to indulge. How about finding out what "triggers" you to be grumpy. Maybe its fatigue. Maybe it is a certain person or activity. Take some time to learn why.
Once we open ourselves up without judgement to accepting what our "triggers" are and why, we can start to be proactive in managing them. If you know that you push yourself past meal time just to get work done, it is time to start planning times for snacks and meals. If you know that you become fatigued at a certain time of the day, it is time to schedule time for a break. Even if its 5 minutes of stepping outside to breathe! If you know you have trouble sleeping, make it a priority to start a bedtime routine, shutting the TV / Computer off at least an hour before bed. If we don't set the positive "triggers" in motion, then the negative ones will take over. The alarm on your phone concept is easy and effective. We could go one step further by putting more structure and routine in our day using a calendar or white board to schedule ourselves ahead. Plan out the whole week! Plan ahead so you don't feel rushed, overwhelmed and you are practicing self-care throughout the day. A word of caution...If your "trigger" happens when things don't go as planned it would be beneficial for you to add some extra cushion for the unexpected things that pop up during the day.
The simple fact is, we all need to take time to reconnect with ourselves. We are the only ones that can nourish ourselves in this way. It is up to us to make the decision and follow through. Make it a habit! Make it a positive trigger!