How Do Glimmers Affect Our Mental Well-Being?


| LAST UPDATE 08/14/2023

By Petra Grover
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Glimmers are the latest term to know in the world of mental well-being. They offer a new way of looking at the world. Once you know everything there is to know about them, you're going to be seeing them everywhere you go!

Glimmers are the opposite of triggers. They are moments of joy and peace, and they bring comfort and hope to our senses and our nervous system. Licensed clinical social worker Deb Dana coined the term. In her 2018 book The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, she references these moments as not something that are monumental moments but as a small moments in time where our nervous system signals us to feel safe or calm. Spiritual and holistic therapist Tamarin Oblowitz said, "Without them, we would be in a dysregulated state. We would more often than not be in a fight-or-flight mode, and glimmers provide a healthy respite from this."

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So, how do you experience a glimmer? Frankly, it can come from anything surrounding you. They can come from admiring the natural world around you, like hanging around the trees in a forest, walking along a sandy beach, or gazing at the night stars. They can come from meditation, being around pets, paying special attention to a favorite song that came up on shuffle, or spending time with loved ones. Oblowitz told Poosh, "The best glimmers come from inside when we realize our own power to make ourselves happy by creating joyful moments." These beautiful moments in life don't have to be fleeting, either. If you are willing to commit to daily practice, these glimmers can continue to grow. The phenomenon has taken off, too. On TikTok, #glimmers has around 6.2 million views, and many viewers are sharing their experiences with glimmers. The best part about them? Once you start looking for them, you'll keep finding them. Dana told USA Today that your nervous system begins to make patterns of connections and sees more of these glimmers in the world around you.

It's a completely new way of looking at life. Who else is going to start looking for glimmers in their everyday world? We know we are.

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