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  • Dr. Shari-ann James

Embracing Glimmers and Navigating Triggers: A Guide to Emotional Awareness


glimmers and triggers

In life, we encounter moments that light us up with joy and others that plunge us into discomfort. These emotional responses, known as glimmers and triggers, play a crucial role in our well-being. Understanding them can help us navigate our emotions more effectively.


What Are Glimmers?

Glimmers are small moments of joy and peace that bring positive emotions. They are tiny beacons of light that remind us of the beauty in everyday life.

  • Examples:

  • The aroma of a cup of tea.

  • A warm hug from a loved one.

  • Watching a beautiful sunset.

These moments help us stay grounded and connected to the present, especially during stressful times.


What Are Triggers?

Triggers are experiences that elicit negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, or anger. They often stem from past traumas or negative experiences.

  • Examples:

  • Hearing a song linked to a painful memory.

  • A smell that recalls a traumatic event.

  • Feeling criticized or rejected.

Triggers can be overwhelming, but understanding them can help us manage our reactions better.


Navigating Glimmers and Triggers

  1. Self-Awareness:

  • Identify what brings you joy and what causes discomfort. Keeping a journal can help recognize patterns.

  • Practice mindfulness to stay present and observe your emotions without judgment.

  1. Building Resilience:

  • Seek out and create opportunities for glimmers in your life.

  • Develop coping strategies like deep breathing or talking to a trusted friend for managing triggers.

  1. Setting Boundaries:

  • Protect your mental health by recognizing and avoiding frequent triggers.

  • Create environments where you feel safe and supported.

  1. Seeking Support:

  • Consider therapy or counseling to work through past traumas.

  • Join support groups for shared experiences and advice.



Glimmers and triggers are integral to our emotional journey. By understanding and embracing glimmers while learning to manage triggers, we can enhance our emotional well-being and resilience. This approach enriches our lives and helps build a more supportive and understanding community.


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