About Lena George
It wasn’t that long ago that I felt like I was turned inside out. The world could trigger all kinds of reactions in me, but I was completely powerless over my emotions and my health. I felt raw and overexposed, struggling with everything and everyone in my environment. At times, my autoimmune diagnoses—rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, celiac disease—made it nearly impossible for me to eat out, get myself dressed, turn doorknobs, or stand upright. I felt pretty hopeless.
For my 38th birthday, a friend gave me a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. One simple exercise in that book lit such a fire under me that I began a deep investigation to find power over my inner state.
In the process, I became a certified trauma recovery hypnotherapist, a certified holistic nutritionist, a meditation teacher, a meridian tapping instructor, a reiki practitioner, and—alongside too many other certifications and trainings to list—I am pursuing my masters in trauma and resilience in educational settings.
From buddhism to interpersonal neurobiology, I found so many brilliant people dedicated to trying to solve this deeply human problem: how do we feel better? Consolidating their research helped me build a sturdy framework I used to bounce back from autoimmune diseases, physical and emotional trauma, and chronic pain. I called this framework Emotion Hygiene to emphasize what's needed for real, lasting change.
Most people think that feeling good just comes naturally and that if they're feeling bad, then something's wrong with them. In fact, feeling bad is more like our default. In order to feel good, we have to override those default negative emotions pretty regularly. Feeling good is a skill, success is a skill, even health is a skill... and skills take practice. This is good Emotion Hygiene.
Change is possible.
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