Triggers or glimmers? It’s all a matter of attention
PTSD is a condition where our central nervous systems are constantly scanning for potential threats. It’s our brains’ way of keeping us safe. The problem is, it’s easy to miss the good stuff. By hyper-focusing on danger, we overlook signs of safety.
We may have a good sense of triggers, those are the people, places or things that create a sense of danger or unease. In contrast, Trauma Specialist Deb Dana introduced the term glimmer to describe experiences that foster a sense of safety. Glimmers are small moments that help shift our system towards calm.
This month in our Maintaining Health group, we worked on recognizing Glimmers. It’s really about intention. Noticing both sides of the equation.
Hurricane Fiona created challenges for many. It also brought out the best as communities bonded together to help one another. A tree may have fallen on my veranda, but the plentiful rain produced the best crop of carrots I have ever had. I’ve never seen such abundance. That’s my glimmer.
If you catch yourself focusing on the threat or problem, take a mindful moment to balance the equation. Notice the simple things that bring you peace: the crisp fall air, colourful leaves, or pumpkin people dancing on the lawns of Kentville.
Don’t forget to enjoy the glimmers.Warm Regards,
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.Executive Director, Landing Strong