Sometimes I find myself completely scatter-brained and unable to really accomplish anything. I flit around from task to task, exhaust myself, and have nothing to show for it.
When I catch myself in that mode, I have a little ritual that snaps me back pretty consistently. And yes, it's just one of the many times I reach for my essential oils to help me out.
Essential Oils for Focus
My absolute favorite combo of essential oils for focus is rosemary + peppermint. Both oils are so energizing and clarifying, and the combo of the 2 smells so herby and fresh.
- Clary sage
Some sources swear by citrus oils like grapefruit, lemon, and orange for mental alertness as well - but I haven't found them to be as helpful as herbal oils. Have you ever used those? How have they worked for you?
Using Essential Oils for Mental Clarity
There are a few ways to use essential oils for focus. The simplest way is to add oils to an oil warmer (this one is SO cute + only 10 bucks!).You can also use a diffuser.
I also love the concept of essential oil diffuser necklaces - Amanda from Refocus On Being has a really lovely tutorial for a diffuser locket that I'm going to try when I have the supplies.
You can also add 20 drops of oil(s) to 1 ounce of witch hazel and 1 ounce of water for a simple aroma spray that you can spritz for an instant boost.
And to keep things really simple... you can just take a whiff of your EO bottle too!
My "Snap Back to Focus" Ritual for Mental Clarity
When I catch myself being spacey and just sort of shuffling through without actually accomplishing anything, there are a few things I've started doing. Without fail, these quick tips help me feel so much better right away!
- Turn my phone on silent.
- Add essential oils to an oil warmer.
- Drink a glass of water with lemon or apple cider vinegar.
- Set the kids up with a snack and an activity. (Many times, I get overwhelmed and then realize it's because the kids are stir-crazy and just running around aimlessly being noisy. That's all in good fun sometimes, but I often don't have direction until I give them direction!)
- Straighten up the room I'm working in. Clutter drives me nuts - a very quick tidy-up (literally, like 5 minutes is all) helps tremendously.
- Prioritize. Next, I take a look at my Teux Deux list and figure out what the most important thing on there for me to do next is. If it's on the computer, I close out all tabs and programs except for what I need to do that task. If it's something around the house, I settle in right away to do that task, setting a timer for the amount of time I think it will take. When I'm trying to beat the timer, it's easier to stay on task.
Nothing completely groundbreaking here, but it's what works for me!
Do you ever have a hard time staying focused? How do you like to "snap back?"