Be honest. Are you happy with the way everything is in your office: the furniture arrangement, noise level, view, working space…It’s true. There are a lot of things over which we have little control.

However, there are some seemingly small things that can make all the difference.

How about starting with smell?

According to Entrepreneur magazine , “Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity.” This is because olfactory bulbs directly connect to the areas of the brain that process learning and emotions. For many people, aromatherapy can even lowering blood pressure.

By changing the scent at your workplace, you can take control of your mental and emotional states.

How to do that? You can keep small bottles of essential oils in a desk drawer. Whenever you feel tired, depressed or just in need of a boost – put a few drops of the oil on a handkerchief and inhale deeply.

But what essential oils to choose? Here are a few ideas:

Need more energy? Go for lemon and orange. Citrus scents have an uplifting effect. For a triple benefit– just eat an orange: you get your uplift, a dose of vitamin C and a delightful snack)

Want to relax? Try some jasmine or lavender. These scents are known for their relaxing properties. They can also help with stress relief and easing headaches.

Having trouble concentrating? Peppermint and cinnamon are the answer. These scents can help you freshen up your mental state and get more focus. Alternatively, trying chewing a piece of peppermint or cinnamon gum.


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