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How to combat triggers in your life - have you heard of glimmers?

February 15, 2024

How to combat triggers in your life - have you heard of glimmers?

You’ve heard of triggers but have you heard of glimmers? 

Because while life is a series of moments, some filled with joy and others fraught with challenges, we all encounter triggers—events, situations, or thoughts that evoke emotional responses, often negative ones. 

These triggers can disrupt our equilibrium and lead us down paths of stress, anxiety, or even despair. However, amidst these triggers, there exists a powerful concept that can help us navigate through them with resilience and grace—glimmers. 

In this article, we'll explore the nature of triggers, their impact on our lives, and how understanding and utilising glimmers can empower us to combat them effectively.

Understanding Triggers

Triggers are stimuli that activate our emotional responses, often stemming from past experiences, traumas, or deeply ingrained beliefs. They can manifest in various forms, such as a particular scent, a specific tone of voice, or even a fleeting thought. Triggers have the potential to overwhelm us, hijacking our emotions and impairing our ability to think clearly and rationally. Left unaddressed, they can contribute to cycles of negative behaviours and emotional distress.

What causes a trigger? 

Triggers can manifest in diverse aspects of our lives, impacting our relationships, work, and overall wellbeing. Some common triggers include:

  1. Personal Criticism: Criticism, whether constructive or not, can trigger feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and defensiveness.
  2. Conflict: Arguments or disagreements can evoke stress, anger, or anxiety, particularly if they remind us of unresolved conflicts from the past.
  3. Failure: Experiencing setbacks or failures can trigger feelings of disappointment, shame, or fear of inadequacy.
  4. Change: Significant life changes, such as moving to a new place or starting a new job, can trigger feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, or fear of the unknown.

What is a glimmer? 

A glimmer is a micro-moment where your physiology is in a place of connection, be that connection to self, others or the world around you. 

These micro-moments of presence cue your nervous system to feel safe and calm, elevating your mental health and wellbeing. 

Practising glimmers daily reduces the likelihood of triggers, those unconscious negative reactions to everyday situations we experience especially when we’re running on empty. 

The difference between a woman who is triggered vs a woman who glimmers

A woman who is triggered is constantly running on empty driving her body into survival mode. This shuts down her brain's ability to rationalise, amplifying the likelihood of unconscious negative reactions to everyday situations.

Whereas a woman who glimmers practices present micro moments daily which makes her body feel safe and regulated, unlocking more joy, deeper connection and greater productivity.

Where do I find my glimmers? 

Why not try a glimmer safari today? 

  • Find:  Challenge yourself to find 3 glimmers today 
  • Feel:  Connect in with your 5 senses whilst in your glimmer
  • Savour:  Intentionally enjoy the pleasant feelings of the glimmer

Final thoughts 

Triggers are an inevitable part of life, but they need not dictate our emotional wellbeing or dictate our responses. 

By embracing the concept of glimmers and harnessing their power, we can cultivate resilience, find moments of joy amidst adversity, and navigate life's challenges with grace and courage. 

Remember, even in the darkest moments, there are always glimmers of light waiting to guide us forward.

It is your time to glimmer and the best place to start is with The Present Woman Challenge.

The Present Woman Challenge is a 14-day Challenge designed to empower you to practice presence and reclaim your mind, recharge your soul, and cultivate lasting joy and connection in the process.

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