Whether you are a school student, career conscious mover and shaker intent on learning new skills and growing your career or you work in a deadline driven work environment, 2021 has not been easy for learners who have to adapt and shift to working online and cope with exam stress from the isolation of the home classroom.  

It isn’t just Grade 12 matriculants who are under the whip writing their final year school exam either; learner’s young and old studying for their leaners license test, university and college exams and executive MBA degrees will be facing the same challenges and set-backs of self-managed studying and the resulting effects of a drop in motivation and mental health.  

Exam stress is your response to pressure and can affect your cognitive function through disturbances in behavior, thinking and mood which affect your learning ability as well as your reasoning capabilities. If stress becomes overwhelming it can seem like it is impossible to study. 

Everyone experiences stress at some point, especially when course work deadlines, revisions and test dates start speeding ever closer, and while feeling anxious just before an exam is normal, the trick is not to let stress affect your grades and test results. When we fight or suppress anxiety and worry, the pressure only becomes more debilitating.  

 Arm yourself with the knowledge that stress can be managed effectively and naturally with pure SOiL essential oils when you connect to, understand and address what is happening physically and mentally in your body. Throughout your life, stress is going to show up again, so training yourself through good habits and beneficial lifestyle changes will prepare and teach you how to function better in the world of life and work.  

Firstly, what does exam stress feel like? 

Your symptoms of exam stress may include: 

  • Feelings of moodiness, irritability and overwhelm 
  • You have trouble making decisions and thoughts feel scattered 
  • You either have no appetite at all or you mindlessly overeat to distract yourself 
  • You wake intermittently, struggle to fall asleep and can’t get up in the morning 
  • Motivation to sit down to study is at an all-time low and your attention span is short 
  • Tense muscles or headaches accompany you throughout the day 
  • Nervous sweats and butterflies in your stomach leak the energy out of you 
  • Your heart races, you feel nauseous and are often short of breath 
  • Confused thoughts lead to your mind to going blank during the test 

To prevent these symptoms from affecting your performance and possibly becoming a bad habit throughout your lifetime as further stressful events occur, see the health benefits of essential aromatherapy oils from SOiL as your chance to revive and shine.  

With over 80 variations in pure, health-giving oils, there is a SOiL essential oil to suit every symptom in helping you to calm your nervous system, relieve anxiety, sleeplessness and low energy and support you with clarity, memory, vitality and a positive mind set, naturally.  

DE STRESS 10ml (RSP R90.00) is the SOiL blended essential oil expertly formulated for you by the SOiL certified aromatherapist and contains a combination of Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Cypress and Cedarwood to ease tension and anxiety while calming both body and mind. It can be used in a diffuser, oil burner, inhaler or blended with a carrier oil or topical application.  

SLEEP 10ml (RSP R125.00) is a soothing blend of Organic Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram and Vetiver 100% pure essential oils which provides a perfect sedative effect. 

ENERGY 10ml (RSP R120.00) is a blend of SOiL Clary Sage, Lime, Cypress and Black Pepper essential oil to stimulate mental faculties and energise your body.  

ORGANIC REVIVE REMEDY ROLLER 11ml (RSP R40.00) is a balance of Geranium and Grapefruit to lift your spirits while Rosemary and Basil refresh your mind, helping to boost your energy levels. Take it with you and apply to your pulse points when needed.  

ORGANIC RELAX REMEDY ROLLER 11ml (RSP R40.00) is a pocket size roller for applying to your wrist during the exam. Feel the benefits of Clary Sage, warming Marjoram, Lavender and Chamomile calm your nervous system, promote tranquility, and help relieve your tension headaches.  

Soothe Exam Stress and Revitalise Naturally with the Harvest of the SOiL 

If you are an up-and-coming aromatherapist, you will enjoy adding the many therapeutic variations of oils and their benefits to your collection for your own smell experience and blending range.

The top essential oils for managing exam stress are: 

Organic Basil Oil 10ml (RSP R55.00) is enlivening, comforting and helpful for clarity and strength of mind as well as body systems. Sweet Basil Essential Oil is a good tonic for the treatment of depression and stress related headaches. 

Organic Spearmint Oil 10ml (RSP R55.00) is extracted from Mentha Spicata leaves, and is a sweet, minty and refreshing oil. It is high in antioxidants, and is useful for treating digestive and respiratory ailments, as well as headaches and stress-related conditions. It is very useful in massage blends where Peppermint oil might be too stimulating or overwhelming. 

Organic Lavender Oil 10ml (RSP R100.00) is a must for the first-aid box! A versatile oil, Lavender is renowned for its relaxing and calming properties and its ability to relieve headaches and insomnia. Excellent for all skin types, it is also very effective in the treatment of burns and prevention of scarring. 

Discover the right essential oils for your personal needs and blend your own preferred combination of healing aroma oils to suit your symptoms and revitalise your lifestyle.  

Hay fever is prevalent right now as the seasons change; diffuse SOiL’s custom blend of Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Clove essential oils to control pain and fever, congestion and sinusitis.  

Together with your SOiL remedies remember to breathe, set realistic goals, pace yourself and believe in your own abilities which are as natural, organic and flourishing as SOiL essence itself; here to support you to live your #BestLife.