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· Emotions

We know that our emotions can influence the quality of our lives. Every day we are faced with experiences, decisions and outside factors that can shape and influence our mood, our way of thinking, our attitude.

Internal and external experiences influence our emotions –

Our responses to our emotions will shape our mood – and

Our mood can play a major role in our ability to feel focused and motivated.

Positive emotions can lead to focus, concentration, and motivation.

Negative emotions can lead to discouragement, disinterest, and confusion.

Among the many methods for promoting focus, the use of essential oils can create an uplifting, energizing or calming environment to enable us to successfully accomplish important daily tasks.

So how does aroma, including the aroma of essential oils, create a response?

The scent travels through the nose to the olfactory system where it is processed.It then travels through the olfactory nerve to the limbic system where emotions and memories are stored. In the limbic system, the scent triggers responses in the brain based on memories and experiences.

How often do you experience an afternoon slump? When I worked in law firms, around 3 in the afternoon I needed my chocolate fix. Many of my co-workers lived on coffee, soft drinks or energy drinks. Not the best choices. Instead grab a bottle of essential oil. You’ll not only improve your energy and focus, but you’ll also experience an uplifting effect on your mood and emotions. Now I reach for one of my invigorating essential oils like Wild Orange, Peppermint, Cheer or Motivate! Diffusing citrus oils is very effective. Or place a dab on your wrists to carry the aroma with you throughout the afternoon.

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I like to diffuse Peppermint and Rosemary when I’m working and to support memory. Peppermint and Basil is also a good combination. doTERRA offers two wonderful roller bottle blends Thinker and InTune. Both work great to support focus and concentration. A favorite of mine for centering/grounding is Balance, doTERRA’s Grounding Blend. My husband and I use it on a regular basis. We put it on the bottom of our feet. I also like it on my wrists where I can smell it throughout the day. It helps us to cope with life’s daily ups and downs, and to just plain feel better. We’re more grounded, more centered and therefore we are able to perform our jobs and tasks more effectively.

A few other suggestions to help improve our focus and concentration:

  • First, we have to pay attention.  I know I sometimes find myself looking straight at someone, hearing them speak and have no clue as to what they just said.  My mind has wandered.  I’m thinking of something entirely different.We cannot absorb information unless we are paying attention. We cannot memorize information unless we are taking it in/absorbing it.  
  • Avoid distractions.  What I consider a distraction, may not be a distraction to you.
  • Involve as many senses as possible.  For example, if you are sitting in a class, a training, you will remember more of what is being said if you listen and write down a few notes. If you are reading an article, you will remember more of what is written if you read it aloud to yourself.  Read it – write it -say it.
  • Exercise your mind. Mental challenges can help to create new wire connections in the brain, which makes it more effective and more resistant to memory disorders.  Develop a new hobby, read a novel, learn a foreign language, play word games, brain teasers, and puzzles.

Congratulations for choosing to create new wire connections by joining me today!

I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to ask questions and share your own tips for better focusing.