Our series of blogs looking at how natural ingredients can be used to counteract the stresses and strains of technology in modern life continues. Today we look at increasing the ability to focus and concentrate.
There are ongoing and lively debates, particularly within the education system, as to whether the great advancements in mobile technology have been good or bad.
Some argue that they’re of great help for students and school pupils, others say that they simply act as a distraction by negatively affecting the attention spans of those in class and disrupting their concentration.
Surely there’s room for both. Properly monitored use of tech can be hugely beneficial to students and teachers alike but it’s widely accepted that it’s still best to get out there and experience all that life has to offer as much as possible.
It’s also argued that having so much information and data so easily accessible promotes an environment of overstimulation. We can feel overloaded with images, videos, ideas and concepts which are changing every minute of every hour of every day.
This saturation of information can certainly lead to problems with our attention span and in turn affect our ability to focus on tasks for a long period of time.
Aromatherapy can offer a helping hand in various ways when it comes to helping to centre a wondering mind. Taking some time during the day to switch off (literally and metaphorically) can be very beneficial. Even just 5 minutes a couple of times a day can make a big difference.
Here are some essential oils which can be burned or vaporised to help increase focus and lengthen attention spans:
Frankincense – this is one of the best oils to use when meditating. If you think that taking some time to sit, breathe and gather your thoughts to the present moment could be beneficial to your attention span then this is a brilliant oil to assist you in doing so.
It’s a great oil to diffuse in the home in the evenings to help clear your mind from all the days’ worries and help you to wind down and relax. Studies have shown that regular meditation can have a hugely beneficial impact on our day to day life. In particular, it can help us remain focused on tasks.
Grapefruit – if you’re in need of a mental boost to get a job done or to get going on a piece of coursework, the uplifting aroma of Grapefruit has been praised for its ability to refresh the mind and stimulate the body.
It is a popular choice for students as it is believed to be help prevent you from procrastinating and help energize and promote clarity of thought!
Basil – well known for its ability to restore mental alertness and help combat mental fatigue. Basil is thought to be effective in clearing the mind and promote mental strength whilst reducing stress levels. A useful oil to have around for those of us who feel bound down by too many tasks in day to day life.
For those of us who are constantly on the go, one of the most convenient ways of getting the benefits of essential oils can be to simply carry a bottle of your favourite oil with you and inhale as and when needed.
They are small, convenient and easy to keep with you in a bag to bring out whenever you feel it is needed. As always, just be careful that undiluted oils don’t come into contact with your skin. Alternatively you can add the oil(s) to your burner or vaporiser.
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This Blog was brought to you with the help of Basil and Grapefruit to boost my focus whilst writing :)