Scents believed to have a positive impact on mood, anxiety, sleep and focus
Right now, unless you are designated as a key worker, chances are you’re practicing social distancing and staying at home. Whether you’re working from home, caring for and home schooling children who are off school, at home but unable to do the job you usually do or self-isolating because of symptoms, you are certain to be feeling a real mix of emotions.
You are going to be spending a lot of time there so your home environment has never been as important. Looking after your mental health is going to be as important as looking after your physical health and small changes can make a big difference. There is one thing that we Scentsy consultants know quite a lot about and that is fragrance. Fragrance can have a huge impact on how you feel and has the power to help you deal with a range of emotions. Clearly, I’m not a doctor and I don’t claim to provide medical advice, but I know that scents help me and I have worked from home for long enough to know that the environment in which you spend the majority of your time is really important.
Therefore, here is my guide to different fragrances that just might help you cope a little better with some important aspects of these strange times.
Fragrances to help improve mood
Many people will be feeling very anxious at the moment and no fragrance will suddenly magic your concerns away but they can help to elevate your mood and lift your spirits. The following fragrances are believed to have a positive effect on mood:
Vanilla has been shown in studies to elevate feelings of joy and relaxation. It can also act as an antidepressant.
Jasmine can create a sense of alertness, help deal with depressive thoughts and uplift your mood
Bergamot essential oil is used to stabilise and elevate mood as well as alleviate symptoms of low energy.
Lemon fragrance is often used in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure and even calm allergies.
Fragrances to help you sleep
At times of anxiety, sleep can be hard to come by plus you may not be as physically tired as you would usually be when confined to your home and not as active. The fragrances mentioned above can aid sleep by reducing anxiety but these fragrances are very much associated specifically with helping you sleep better.
Lavender has long been considered an aid to sleep and rest. Studies have shown that it can decrease heart rate and lower blood pressure and promotes deeper, longer sleep.
Sandalwood is believed to increase theta brain activity which signifies drowsiness and deep sleep.
The scent of rose is thought to lower blood pressure which slows breathing. It is also used to treat depression and stress and even ease pain.
Fragrances to boost focus and energy
If you are working from home, it can be hard to stay focused and motivated, especially if you’re used to working in a busy office environment. These fragrances are all believed to have an influence on boosting energy levels and helping you stay alert.
Mint, in particular peppermint, is known to be a great stimulant. Studies have linked it to greater cognitive stamina, motivation and performance.
Lemon, Grapefruit and orange fragrances can help fight mental fatigue and their zesty scent can be very uplifting.
One study found that the scent of cinnamon improved cognitive functions like visual-motor response, working memory and attention span.
Can fragrance really help in these difficult times?
Clearly, the situation we are all dealing with is challenging and of course, fragrance can’t solve any of the serious issues we’re experiencing. However, it might just help in allowing us to manage our emotions a little better as well as make our homes that bit more pleasant to spend time in.
All the products mentioned here are available to buy from the website and many are offered in several different products including wax bars, fragrance flowers and Scent Paks to name just a few. I am still here for you and our warehouses are still distributing product while observing safe working practices. If you want some advice or support, our Facebook community is a great place to come and I will always help where I can.
Look after yourselves and stay safe.