This video, about power poses, which may powerfully boost your confidence. Helping you to be ready to face challenges, like your exams, with poise and self-confidence.

In the video, I cover:

✅ What does confidence look like?

✅ Three elements of your physiology you can use before your exam, and

✅ One that you can use during your exam


Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

Hi there.

You may be wondering why I’m walking around with this pen in my mouth. [I’ll come back to that at the end of the video.]

Posture and Physiology:

Well you know the physiology of confidence it’s not just a mental state confidence is actually deeply connected to our physiology. It’s our body language. Posture plays a crucial role in not only how others perceive us, but how we perceive ourselves. It not only reflects what’s going on in our body, but it actually sets up how we feel within our own body.

Imagine a person walking into a room, with arms open wide, shoulders back, chest open. That signifies confidence.

It signifies a message of power, and that power not only expresses who they are, to us on the outside, but it expresses that feeling on the inside of them. For this person walking into the room, with such confidence, it’s sending a message to their brain. It’s a powerful message to your brain too. That you’re ready to face life’s challenges, for example, exams. It doesn’t just display to others. It signals to your own mind, your confidence, and your preparedness.

Which image describes how you feel?

Deep Breathing:

Deep breathing. Another simple yet effective technique to manage your stress and anxiety. When we’re anxious, our breathing tends to be shallow and rapid and very confined. When we’re more confident, we can breathe more deeply. We take slower breaths and we activate, by doing this, our vagus nerve and our parasympathetic nervous system. That can reduce our stress, and clear our mind for better focus in our exams.


Even smiling, that can give your confidence another boost for your exam. It’s another tool you can put in your kit, to enhance your mindset and performance. It’s not only a universal expression of happiness, but it can impact your mood and your mindset. It relaxes your facial muscles and calms your entire body. It signals to your body that there’s no threat. Nothing to stress about. 

It releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals that reduce your stress and anxiety, and uplift your your well-being and your positivity. The hormone dopamine is released in our brains as well. That’s the pleasure and reward chemical that activates in our brain. 

And so …

So while we’re taking our exam, you might like to remind yourself periodically to smile. Even if it’s just a subtle smile, or a forced smile, by a pen in your mouth, it will activate those muscles, and that can remind your mind to relax. This can help maintain your positive mindset, and reduce your tension. It might even help you to answer challenging questions. Smiling conveys to your brain that you are in control and that you are capable. Reminding you of that. 

So remember that combining your physiology of open arms, open chest, deep breathing, and a simple smile, can be a powerful boost to your confidence. Signaling your brain that you’re ready for challenges. And face the exam with poise, and self-confidence good luck guys and

Thank you for joining me here today. If you got something out of today’s video, I’d love you to like and even share it with your friends.

All of us here at BlossomingMe, are wishing you well for your HSC exams and beyond.

Till next time, thanks again.


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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