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Deep breath - it's National Stress Awareness Day

Outdoor family yoga will be part of the Charlottetown Natal Day activities Aug 3.
Outdoor family yoga will be part of the Charlottetown Natal Day activities Aug 3. - 123RF Stock Photo

Consider this your reminder to take a breath, pause and check out these mindfulness-based articles for combatting stress.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. However, you can develop tools that allow you to avoid the toll it takes on your mental and physical health. Mindfulness might be the latest wellness trend but, it's for a good reason. When practiced as part of a daily routine, it can be a very effective stress management tool. 

Are you unsure if this mindfulness thing is for you? Or maybe you’re just feeling a little overwhelmed because everyone and their dog seems to have become yogi masters overnight? Either way, we’ve put together a collection of articles to help you bring it back to basics.

Millie McKay shares 10 yoga poses to make you happy, which can also be read as ‘10 easy ways to feel better right now’ so what are you waiting for? Strike a pose and crack a smile! 

Journalist Millee McKay - pictured with her feline companion Jinx - shares some of her favourite yoga poses.

Pam Lowe, Kentville native and yoga teacher shares with us three mindful questions to ask yourself if you want to simplify your life.

Defining what is important is the first step to simplifying your life - 123RF Stock Image

Meditation has been practised in the eastern world for thousands of years and has swept its way through the west. If you’re still struggling to get what it's all about, our resident writers and therapists lay it all out.  

When it comes to meditation, start small and practice for a few minutes at a time. - RF123 Stock Image

OK, so you’ve tried meditating and maybe you’ve even started a routine, but the challenge of “being present” is still causing you frustration. It may not be your golden ticket to Buddha status, but our friend Pam also wrote this piece about letting go of perfection in your practice to help you on the way to enlightenment.  

   

Be present in both body and mind when practising yoga in order to get the most out of the experience. - 123RF Stock Image

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