Learning to face down your triggers in eating disorder recovery is non-negotiable. A trigger is defined as any form of content, behavior, topic or event which exacerbates a trauma or mental illness, and today’s culture is saturated with them. In a society that endorses the harmful message of ideal bodies, clean diets and extreme fitness, the pressure to cave into those triggering beliefs is enormous—and if you’re susceptible to an eating disorder, that urge can feel overwhelming. Triggers are ingrained in the broken systems of this world, so they can’t be avoided entirely. But while it’s unrealistic to pretend they don’t exist, there are coping methods you can utilize to navigate triggering situations with a healthy mindset that won’t risk your progress in recovery.