Over the next coming weeks, the pressure for study and exams will become a fast reality for many families…..
The thought of looming exams for many students can be very stressful while attending school and classes, sport activities, maybe a part time job and even forward planning college. This is a realistic situation for many students who find themselves dealing with a new situation and fresh challenges.
The fact is stress, anxiety, and sleep difficulties are major issues at this time because stress negatively impacts the immune system, someone who is under stress is more likely to get sick with some short term effects including headaches, insomnia, racing heart, trembling, sweating, recurrent infections, butterflies in the stomach, diarrhoea and constipation and then may lead to long term health issues including depression and general deterioration in health.
Some students often make the mistake of trying to escape the pressures they are under by partying, drinking or experimenting with drugs. while these activities might offer a momentary break, they can ultimately leave students feeling even more stressed because students who indulge in these types of dangerous practices often fall behind in their schoolwork. Fortunately there are healthier. more effective alternatives for dealing with stress.
WHY MASSAGE MAY HELP
Massage is a natural and healthy way for students to combat stress, it can help FOCUS students as headaches can often interfere with study and sleep. For those tired of battling tension and headaches, massage can provide welcome relief.
Massage can help with POSTURE long hours over the desk and late into the evening can often increase tension in the upper shoulders and neck. Massage can help reduce the muscle tension in this area.
Massage can help HORMONES as it can boost levels of the feel good hormone, dopamine, as well as lower cortisol levels which is linked to stress.
Massage can help the IMMUNE SYSTEM from disease and infection by increasing the body’s count of T cells and lymphocytes. It is believed measurable biologic effects can occur after just one session of massage.
Massage can help with LACK OF SLEEP as it naturally relaxes the body as the lack of sleep can hurt the body and mind as it may be linked with weight gain, increased risk of cardiovascular problems and difficulties with reasoning and concentration.
We also have to remember that it will be a combination of things that will see you through this challenging time including healthy eating and being active.
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