While we have all felt anxious or nervous before a big test or exam, test anxiety is a whole other level.
Test anxiety is when your level of stress and anxiety goes beyond a little nervousness and becomes extreme, bringing high levels of worry, anxiety and self doubt; and it can actually impair your learning and compromise test performance.
In this post I want to focus on the use of Aromatherapy for test anxiety, but you should remember that there are numerous tips and tricks for how to manage and you should never be afraid to seek help from a teacher or professional.
Lack of sleep is only bad if you have to drive,
No matter who you are, how old you are, where you live, what you do in your life, we all have one thing in common ... we need sleep!
But for some sleep, or good quality sleep seems to be elusive.
For me sleep is critical, as is my daily nap lol, and I am pretty useless when I don't get enough sleep ... bring on the giant cup of tea please.
When I don't get enough sleep I tend to be fused by caffeine and sugar ... not good, and not supportive of continued good sleep.
Before we get into all of the nitty gritty about how to improve your sleep, we need to first look at some sleep facts ...
Over the years I have been guided towards making habits. Like making a habit out of exercise, or healthy eating, or drinking water. But when you look making a habit out of something like meditation, it doesn't quite feel right.
And let's be brutally honest, attempting to make a habit out of exercise has never worked for me in the past beyond the 20 something days it supposedly takes to make a habit. It never became something I automatically did ... but is that what I really wanted???
More recently I came across the idea of making a ritual out of your self care, and I started to wonder if maybe that wasn't a better way to go about life as a whole.
Even the word ritual sounded more sacred to me and purposeful than habit.
So I decided it was time to delve a little deeper and look at what the differences are between the 2 words and explore how they both feel when put into practice.
What is a habit?
This post was inspired by a recent conversation in my clinic ...
What kids get out of massage is more than you ever imagined!
I periodically get to experience the joy of treating kids in my clinic ... it's not just because I love my career or because I love kids and their honest enthusiasm that brings be such joy, but the knowledge that what I am doing is helping them learn so many bigger things.
You may book a massage for you kids because it's a fun treat, or because they have asked you why you go for massage, or because they have maybe complained about some aches and pains ... but here is what you are actually teaching them by bringing them into my clinic ..
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the first ever Wild Collective hosted by Dr Brenda Tapp here in Peterborough.
The Wild Collective not only helped to re-enforce some of my previous education and knowledge, but it also enlightened me, and inspired me, and empowered me to ask more questions ... It also introduced me to a group of amazing women.
So when I heard that a second session was running and there is a third in the calendar, I knew that I needed more people to know about the program ...
... more women needed to feel inspired and empowered ...
... more women need to come over to the Wild!
Brien-anne RMT, CA
I am passionate not only about Massage Therapy & Aromatherapy, but also living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to do the same!