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4 Ways You Can Start Relieving Your Stress Every Day!

We are all aware of stress's effects on the body, mind and soul. The good news is that there is always a way when things get a bit out of control. 

As a yoga teacher, I continuously remind my students to return to the mat, keep showing up and breathe. Yoga, as we know, can be life-changing. 

Here are some simple techniques you can use on a day-to-day basis to de-stress and improve your overall quality of life:

1. Keep a Journal

Journaling or writing down your thoughts, feelings, and aspirations is powerful and de-stressing. You can do this first thing in the morning or right before bed. Write down what you're thinking, and tell all about your day or how you felt. 

Putting it all down on paper will allow for some room in your mind and your heart to worry a little less. 

2. Meditate

Mediation is one of the most powerful and transformational tools to relieve stress. But you don't have to be an advanced yogi or use advanced meditation techniques to see a difference. 

Let's start with a simple and short morning ritual.

  1. Find a comfortable seat in your favourite or sacred space at home.
  2. Gently place your hands on your knees with palms facing up or down. 
  3. Start by just breathing, allowing the thoughts to flow. 
  4. Take a deep inhale, hold at the top for a few seconds, and exhale out slowly. 
  5. Notice the thoughts, but just become observant. Allow yourself to feel whatever it is that you feel at that moment. Keep an open heart throughout the process. Don't force your breath. Don't feel pressured to see a huge difference straight away. It's part of the journey, and it will take time. 

Start with 10 minutes each day and eventually increase to 20 minutes. Eventually, you will practice for 60 minutes as you become better at mastering the art of meditation.

3. Be Kind 

It may sound cliché, but being kind and performing random acts of kindness makes us feel great and helps get rid of anger. Anything you sign up to do to help others in need, or even give a little of your time, will make you a happier person overall. 

Whenever you feel stressed and overwhelmed, stop for a moment, look around you and think of those genuinely struggling. Be that person to lend a helping hand who can bring about change in their lives. The simple act of giving is sure to make you smile. 

4. Be More Present and Aware

I spent many years looking to be accepted, trying to fit in, and internalising my feelings. I found that I was never present enough with myself and my feelings. My insecurities kept me from living to my fullest potential until I found my mat and discovered yoga! The practice transformed my life. 

Be more aware of where you are in your life now. Accept what is happening and start with little changes to improve yourself. Be present in everything you do and when you show up to your mat. Use the power of your breath to guide you along in your journey. The change will not happen overnight, but the more you practice, the sooner you'll notice a difference.

I wish you a beautiful journey wherever you are! 

Fanny Savickis 


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