Study sessions that last for hours on end, can lead to poor posture, muscle tension, and, often, to neck and shoulder pain. This can result in reduced cognitive abilities, like focus; concentration; memory, and recall, as well as heightened exam stress.

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3 ways that Study Breaks can boost your concentration, your confidence, and ultimately your exam performance …

In the video, I cover:

✅ Movement and Exercise

✅ Mindfulness and Relaxation

✅ Power Poses

 

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Hi friend,

You know we’re getting close to end of school exams now. And as we approach the final days of study and preparation for these important exams, we often immerse ourselves in prolonged study sessions and they can take their toll on our bodies, on our physical well-being, and our cognitive abilities. As well, they can lead to poor posture, muscle tension, and neck and shoulder pain, even. And this can increase your stress levels, and reduce your ability to focus, concentrate, reduce your ability to remember and recall things. And I don’t want that for you. I want you to feel great. So you can stay focused, to concentrate on your studies. And above all, I want you to feel confident, and full of energy. Even while you’re taking your exams. 

Hi, I’m Sarah Gowans. Massage and crano-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe.

Today I want to share with you about [the benefits of] incorporating short, regular breaks into your study routine. This simple  study hack, can help prevent your neck and shoulder pain, reduce stress, and improve your focus and concentration. In just a few minutes.

 

Three ways that these regular study breaks can help:

Muscle relief: These breaks give your body a chance to relieve tension in your whole body. But particularly your neck and shoulders. It’s an easy way to relax the muscles, ease the pain, and reduce the risk of it escalating further, and becoming more painful.

Cognitive reset: Often when you return to your desk after a break, you feel renewed, refreshed, full of energy, and ready to focus again. Improving your concentration levels.

Preventing burnout: These breaks can help support you to maintain your study routine over a long period of time. To stay focused through weeks of study, not just hours and minutes. This reviving and refreshing; reduces your risk of physical discomfort and mental fatigue.

Best Things To Do During Study Breaks:

But what’s the best thing to do if you’re going to take these short breaks? I’m glad you asked.

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Movement and exercise:

Movement and exercise may not only strengthen your muscles. They can release endorphins, natural mood-boosting chemicals in your brain, that can reduce your pain, and improve your sense of well-being and your mood. 

Stretching, for instance, neck and shoulders in particular, these can relieve muscle tension directly. And targeting these areas can help you maintain a healthy and well-aligned neck, back, and shoulders. Improving your posture overall. 

Simple walking around. Go get yourself a glass of water, take a breath of fresh air in the garden, just like this. Do some low-impact yoga or swimming. Anything that makes you feel good is what you’re going to do. But these are great, and gentle on your neck and shoulders in particular.

Mindfulness and relaxation

Mindfulness and relaxation is another great thing that you can do. These can reduce your stress and your anxiety, as well as improve your memory, your recall, your concentration, and your focus.

Mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing. Really simple things, [like] progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation, and visualizations.

Power Poses

And the third thing. Power poses. Not only do they boost your mental acuity, but they [can] also enhance your confidence and your belief in yourself. They’re really handy then, for exam per performance. 

Confidence isn’t something that we’re born with, and it’s not just a simple mental state. It’s actually deeply connected to our physiology. I’m going to go into this deeper in another talk as well, but your body language doesn’t just tell other people how you’re feeling. It actually communicates to your brain, your mind, how you are feeling inside. How you see yourself. 

Have you heard of Wonder Woman? A pose like this, hands on hips, chest out, and you can breathe deeply too. Wonder Woman pose or a simple star pose, these can really make an impact on your physiology. And that can then impact your self-confidence. 

So all up, taking regular break regular breaks isn’t a furphy. It’s not just slacking off. Taking regular breaks can be a proactive strategy for your optimal physical and emotional well-being, and your academic performance. A hack indeed, [worthy] to include in your healthy study habits. To improve your well-being, your focus, your concentration, and your belief in yourself. All in just a few minutes.

So thank you for joining me today. If you did find this useful, please comment below. Like and share it. And join me next time as well for a deeper delve into power poses. And how these simple stances can improve your confidence, your concentration, and enhance your ability to perform well in exams.

Till then, thanks again.

Namaste

Sarah xx

 

PS. To help you even more, I’ve just written a Healthy Study Habits Cheat Sheet, to help you stay focused and full of energy, as you concentrate on your studies!

Would you like a copy?

 

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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