10 Scents to Hack Your Productivity
No matter how strong we are at keeping routines, there are always seasons when getting things done feel almost impossible. Getting up in the morning is a challenge; starting any task
is ridiculously hard, and our brains seem to be in a season of drought.
The World Health Organization calls this burnout. According to WHO, it is classified as an occupational phenomenon that results ". . .from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed."
Burnout mainly affects our professional efficiency but also extends into the other areas of our lives.
Today, we will talk about how aromatherapy can help us hack our productivity any time of the day with 10 widely accessible and available scents. So, if you are ready to slay your paperwork and beat those deadlines, let's begin.
Oh, by the way, all of these are available at my shop in wax sprinkle form—safe, affordable, and long-lasting! Purchase them here.
Lemon has been and will always be one of the most versatile fruit. You can use it in baking, cleaning, cooking, diet, skincare, and aromatherapy.
We often associate the zesty scent of lemon with cleanliness, and most of us start our days by de-cluttering our desks; as they say, "a clear desk is a clear mind." When we diffuse the aroma of lemons around our workspace, it will give us a sense of refreshment and help de-clutter our thoughts.
I personally cannot start my day without a cup of joe. My daily sip of black coffee signifies that my day is about to begin, and I am energized to go through it.
A research conducted by the Stevens Institute of Technology found out that the scent of coffee alone can help perk up our brains and boost our performance. They did this by letting two groups of students take the same Algebra test but one group in a room with an ambient scent of coffee (imagine the smell of a Starbuck Store). The coffee group scored significantly higher on the test.
Lemongrass smells like lemons but with a tang of mint and eucalyptus. The scent is almost similar to lemons, hence the name, and it can give the same effect.
Sipping lemongrass tea or having a lemongrass scented candle will give you a sense of good hygiene and help in invigorating your productivity. Try it yourself.
For many, eucalyptus is the magic scent that instantly alleviates headaches, clears the sinuses, and fights off infections. Vicks VapoRub has been known for that. But did you know that eucalyptus was also found to boost mental clarity?
A study involving 32 participants found that when a combination of eucalyptus oil, ethanol, and peppermint oil was applied to the head and temples, the participants exhibited increased cognitive performance.
Also, since eucalyptus clears the sinuses and the airways, it promotes better oxygen flow into the body and reduces the occurrence of brain fog.
For most non-coffee addicts, hot chocolate takes the place of their caffeine kick in the morning. So, similar to coffee's have-a-good-day feeling, the scent of chocolate gives a fresh morning mood.
Also, the aroma of chocolate is known to cause an increase in our brain's theta waves, which triggers a sense of relaxation and creativity.
The scent of orange is very reminiscent of a tropical vacation, which is probably why it can give a sense of happiness, peace, and calm. But don't take my word for it.
A research conducted in 2013 found that the aroma of orange has calming properties, especially during times of increased stress. So perhaps, the next time you are buried in deadlines, my orange-scented wax sprinkles will dig you out of the grave.
Rosemary's aroma is similar to charred pine wood but with a strong herbaceous note. The herb found its way into the aromatherapy world with its strong but versatile, masculine scent. Also, rosemary is a must-have in every home chef's kitchen.
Rosemary oil contains a potent energy-boosting agent called cineole. According to this study conducted in 2012, inhaling rosemary essential oil causes positive stimulatory effects that enhances the test subjects' moods and also helps fight bouts of low energy. This is not some Breaking Bad fiction.
Basil is probably known for its strong culinary flavors, especially in Italian cuisine. But did you know that its aroma does more to us than make us crave pesto pasta?
The fragrance of basil has been said to increase concentration and eliminate fatigue, headaches, and even sadness. So next time you're feeling blue, either you order Italian food or get a basil-scented item.
Subtle. Refreshing. Calming. Uplifting.
These are some of the words that best describe the fragrance of pine. The emotions that the scent stir among us leave a positive tone that can affect our work and our lives altogether.
Pine is also one of the most commonly used aromas in spiritual practices like meditations. It may be because we are instinctively attracted to nature and, more specifically, pine forests.
Peppermint is not only good in Tic Tacs, tea, and gum but also for our overall productivity.
The scent of peppermint acts as a natural stimulant that increases one's ability to focus, especially during times of high stress. So, when your head's all over the place, chewing peppermint gum might be the solution. Or better yet, get wax sprinkles from my store and melt some every morning!
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