Can scent improve your ability to focus?

Can scent improve your ability to focus?

We all know too well now that being at home and working from home brings its challenges.

Staying focused and staying calm in the upheaval and varying work environment may require you to hit the reset button. Just when we all thought we were ready to resume more ‘normal’ work life practice, here we are again!

Add to this the added layer of home schooling returning and your ability to maintain productivity, focus and balance may be hampered. Rather than simply ‘winging it’, it’s helpful to purposefully create a productive environment.

Consider where you are working. Is it time to create something more permanent and user-friendly, with good lighting and a place that is not cramped but your own dedicated place of productivity.

What is around you? What is on your desk? And what music might you play when needing to be focussed and productive? And what can you smell?

The power of scent has been identified as a trigger for focus and productivity. I have found my son Ned, who is currently doing year 12, studies with focus when I have the electric diffuser on providing a calm, scented environment which helps him to gain studious momentum.

For Ned, I use iKOU ‘Breathe Wellness’ a powerful blend of Fir Needle, Lavender, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Geranium, Rosewood, Black Pepper & Vetiver. Its wonderful combination opens the senses.

At my work desk, if I find myself in overwhelm or being unproductive, I take a brief walk, stretch, and hydrate with a cup of herbal tea. I then use essential oils to reset, refocus and gain clarity. I find this combination shifts my mood and environment to create a positive workspace.

The essentials that will keep your energy up, uplift, focus and inspire your mind are:

  • iKOU De-stress – creates calm and renewal with Geranium, Clementine, Lemon, Lavender, Patchouli
  • iKOU Inspire – love the life you live with Lemon, Lime and Mandarin.
  • iKOU Restore – replenish strengthen, cleanse and feel free with Bergamot, May Chang, Cedarwood, Lime

You can also use an iKOU aromatherapy roll-on, which allows your senses to really breathe in the scent, along with a face mist to rehydrate, freshen up and restart with vigour and renewed energy.

Stay warm and stay safe!

Gina 🙏

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