Massage can help you relax by lowering your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones. A quick scalp massage can help you relax and help you feel more alert, too. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Run your hands through your hair and anchor your palms and fingertips gently into your scalp. Using your fingertips, make small circles, so that you move your scalp over your skull. Move your hands to a new spot on your scalp and repeat.