In life, some moments radiate positivity, offering a sense of calm and safety. These moments, aptly named ‘glimmers,’ are the antithesis of triggers, providing us with a profound emotional uplift. In this blog, we’ll explore what they are, how and why they form, how to identify your own, and the transformative power they hold in fostering a sense of well-being.
Glimmers are those subtle yet powerful moments that evoke a positive emotional response. These moments can be diverse and unique to each individual and they might arise from simple pleasures, a sense of accomplishment or moments of deep connection with others.
Understanding the formation of these moments is key to unlocking their potential. Positive experiences, when acknowledged and appreciated, contribute to their formation. These moments could be as fleeting as a warm breeze on a sunny day or as significant as achieving a personal goal.
The brain, in its remarkable complexity, encodes these positive experiences, creating a reservoir of emotional resources. The intentional recognition and savouring of these moments contribute to the formation of a positive emotional foundation.
Identifying Your Own Glimmers
Take time for introspection. Consider moments that brought you joy, peace or a sense of accomplishment. These could be big or small, recent or distant.
Keep a journal to record moments that brighten your day. Reflecting on these entries can help you identify patterns and understand what truly brings you joy.
Practice mindfulness to stay attuned to the present moment. Often, glimmers are woven into the fabric of our daily lives, waiting to be noticed and appreciated.
When consciously acknowledged, these moments can serve as powerful tools for cultivating a sense of calm and safety. They have the potential to be transformative, acting as beacons of light in the darkness of difficult times. Whether it’s relishing a cup of tea, enjoying a walk in nature or connecting with loved ones, these moments contribute to emotional resilience and actively incorporating them into daily life can have a very powerful and positive impact.
Associate glimmers with specific activities or routines. For instance, if a sunset brings you joy, make it a practice to watch the sunset regularly. This positive anchoring reinforces the connection between the activity and the positive emotion.
Cultivate a gratitude practice by expressing thanks as gratitude enhances the positive impact of these moments and contributes to a more optimistic outlook.
Creating Safe Spaces
Identify physical or mental spaces where you frequently experience joy and positivity. These spaces become sanctuaries that you can retreat to during challenging times, providing a sense of safety and calm.
Help Is Available
If you find yourself struggling with your mental health or know someone who is, remember that help is available. Dr. Jan Wulff, with his extensive expertise in mental health, offers one-on-one life coaching sessions designed to guide individuals toward better emotional well-being. Take the first step towards a brighter future by scheduling a free 20-minute discovery call today. Your journey to harnessing the power of glimmers and navigating mental health challenges begins with this simple step.