When you’re studying for your exams, you’ll probably be burning the candle at both ends trying to cram in as much information as you can in advance of your next exam. Staying up late to revise and stressing in between exams puts a lot of stress on your mind and body, and that’s the sort of stress that can make you freeze when you’re faced with that exam paper. So how can you learn to relax your mind and body and get into the right frame of mind for smashing your finals?
This is where you drop as many hints as possible for people to treat you to massages. Claim pre-exam nerves and tell everyone that a massage is recommended for students before the exams start – it helps to focus and sharpen your mind which is really what you need at the moment!
Massage is also so good for your wellbeing – giving your body a relaxing once over on a massage couch will physically destress and relax you, so that the calming hormones that you need for mental clarity and wellbeing come flooding in to help you prepare for the stressful times ahead.
You could just ask a friend for a back or a shoulder massage, but let’s face it, friends always think they are great at giving massage but they are never anywhere as good as the professionals. A trained professional massage therapist will have treated stress related stiffness and aches and pains before and know exactly what to do to relax you before your testing times. If you’ve never had an Indian Head Massage before, these are great for giving you mental focus and this type of massage is still used in India before big events to help improve concentration as well as for reducing anxiety.
You should put your physical and emotional health first when you’re studying for exams – you don’t need us to tell you that exam time is one of the most stressful times of your life. Try and ensure that you give yourself a break from revision, whether it’s for a massage or just to get out for a walk, sit in the sunshine (if we get some) and spend time with friends. Revising is important but you will feel better and find that more information gets retained if you take regular breaks and look after yourself.
The exams will soon be over – support your physical and mental health while you’re going through them and you’re more likely to come out the other side feeling as if you’ve done your best and can take on the world.