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Is Stress Sabotaging Your Healthy Habits?

Trina Lee

Hi Friends,

It’s been awhile since I showed up in your inbox and I hope this finds you all doing well!  

For those of you that've followed my year abroad, you might have noticed that we're back home!   

Our year abroad was filled with exciting adventures, tons of learning, exploring and lots of growing... (and plenty of very difficult times) for us individually and as a family.   It was an experience we'll never forget and I'm so grateful we had the opportunity to experience it!

We moved back home this past summer and as Dorothy said 'there's no place like home'!   We're so happy to be back!

But, I’m here today to let you know about an important study that just came out about the effects of stress and our health.  

BYU did a study with mice to test the response of stress on their gut health.  What they found was the female mice that were exposed to stress had significant changes in their gut health.  

Stress actually changed the conditions of their gut bacteria!  

So much so, that their body’s response looked as though they were eating a high fat unhealthy diet!

I know what you’re thinking, more stress about the effects of stress!  

But I do have GOOD NEWS!

The good news is that we can easily do something about it!  You might have guessed it already, EFT Tapping!  

EFT Tapping has been shown to lower your stress levels by 24-50%! In just one session!  

So, no need to stress about your stress, you can easily tap about it!  And heal your body at the same time!

Click here if you’re interested in learning more about tapping!

 

Since I'm so happy to be back home

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Much love and gratitude.
Link to the BYU Study.

In the way of Beauty

Trina Lee

Have you ever noticed that when you are out in nature something powerful happens?  

A couple weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity for my family and I to spend the week in Zermatt, Switzerland.  This was my first time to Switzerland and being in the Alps.  I was awe struck the entire week.  The Alps are so expansive, massive and breathtaking.

After a couple days I began to notice that my body was relaxed, I was feeling recharged and grounded in a way that I haven’t felt since we moved to London.  

It felt easier to breathe, think clearly, and I was filled with a renewed sense of trust in life.  

I couldn’t help myself but constantly celebrate the beauty around me… I was overwhelmed with gratitude the entire time we were there.

Grateful for the experience, the magnitude of the beauty, the air, the sun, the snow... this life.  

Now that we are back in London, living in a city with more than 8 million people it has proven to be... well,  stressful.  

I’m already planning some little escapes to nature.  London has wonderful parks throughout this city and I’m making a point to visit them more often.  

Sometimes the peace I’m craving is something I can only get from being in the natural rhythm of nature…. In the beauty.

There are so many ways to help with stress but have you gone out in nature lately? It does wonders for me.

I’d love to hear from you…

What do you notice about yourself when you’re out in nature?  

What’s your favorite way to get recharged, grounded and release stress?

-Much love and gratitude

 

 

Finding Peace

Trina Lee

Hello Lovely Readers,

Last time I posted, my family and I were taking off on our move to London.  I intended to post soon after, but life has been... well, full. 

As we were warned, it has been a complete roller coaster ride filled with amazing highs and deep lows.  Our lows have been complex with feelings of vulnerability, discomfort and yearning from all of us for home.  While our highs have been enjoying amazing adventures together and opening up to a broader and more respectful view of the world and all of us beautiful beings in it.   I’m marveling at the amount of compassion, love, acceptance and strength that has been growing exponentially in my girls.  

Yet, a few months after our move we were blindsided by a devastating loss in our family.  It has rocked me to my core, a pain I didn’t realize I was even capable of feeling.   I’m not one to be run over and just stay down, so I have been doing everything I can think of to help me manage, release, and heal this immense hurt that now resides in my body.  

As you can imagine I've been tapping like crazy.  

I’ve also reached out for help from my EFT mentor, and have seen a few different therapists to help my family and myself cope, to find the right language (because our words, both internally and externally, matter so much) and learn how to best support my girls.  I’m also finding comfort, peace and healing in meditation and journaling.  

The thing about grief is that you can't tap/meditate/journal it away... you have to feel it and it takes time.

You have to allow yourself to feel the hurt, pain, loss and devastation.  There isn’t a fast way to get through it.  Trust me, if there was I would’ve found it.  

EFT, tapping has been extremely helpful in allowing me to sit with my emotions, keeping it more manageable and to be able to gain perspective.  Often our emotions are filled with noise, and tapping allows us to clear the noise and gain clarity on what we are truly feeling.  

But, I've also found a new way through this pain, and it's been in creating art.   

As many of you know, I love art and even put on an Art and Healing Retreat, ArtWorthy last spring with my dear friend and artist, Ivy Newport.  So it might not seem surprising that I’m finding some peace and space between the pain through art.  

But, you must know… I don’t do art, I just love other people's art.  So this actually came at a huge surprise to me.

Since my loss I have been yearning to create, to paint, draw... anything.

I’ve found that while I’m creating, my pain subsides… and possibly is even moving through me out onto the paper.  

Now, let’s be real… I’m not creating masterpieces, I’m just allowing myself to take my time and get lost in creating.... It’s not about the end result.  

Creating takes you into a meditative state, into a flow and it’s in that flow or meditative state that feels like the world, your mind and body have gone quiet and you’re in a state of peace, and calm…. serenity.

I know that 2016 was filled with grief for many and the beginning of 2017 has been rocky at best.  

If you are looking for a way to access internal calm and peace I strongly suggest you try your hand at creating art.

We are all creative... our body, mind and spirit yearn for it.  

Looking for some inspiration?  Check out Pinterest for some inspiration, I was inspired by the artist Jean Haines and painted the owl below based on one of her watercolor paintings.  Or try an art class, my dear friend Ivy offers a multitude of online art classes providing incredible instruction, you can check them out here.

Here’s to a new year where we're able to find PEACE.

I’d love to hear from you!  How do you find peace?  Do you yearn to create?  Let me know if you give art a try.

Much love and gratitude