Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety

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It’s so important to be vigilant of your surroundings and to pay attention to how you and your body respond (or react) to certain spaces, people, or actions. You may not realize it, but your body usually sends signals to let you know how it is perceiving the environment or interactions with others. For example, if you are in a stressful situation you may experience a “gut” feeling, anxiety, or increased heart rate. If you are in a nurturing environment, you may experience a sense of calm, relaxation, or decreased heart rate.

Here are some examples of red flags (signs of danger) and green flags (signs of safety) around you.

A Few Red Flags

  • avoidance behaviors
  • not using healthy coping skills
  • constant irritability
  • not setting or maintaining boundaries with others
  • feeling overwhelmed when around certain people or in certain places
  • lying to others
  • isolation

A Few Green Flags

  • practicing healthy coping skills
  • practicing self-care
  • taking care of your physical and emotional health
  • connecting with loved ones
  • healthy socialization
  • having a positive outlook
  • healthy emotion regulation

Were any of these flags new for you?

Which of these flags are you most aware of?

~ Karisse C

3 thoughts on “Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety

    1. Yes! Thank you 🙂 I’m trying to give more attention to the green flags because I tend to go first to red flags. Especially during meditation, I tend to focus on where I feel distress/pain and less on where I feel good/happy/calm/at ease. It’s a fun process!


      1. You are so right on that one, my friend! This morning I taught in Mindfulness class awareness of everything so that will take in yes, the tension, but also the ease. Have a good week!

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