These 10 Scents Could Help You Stay More Focused at Work
It may have taken a year of working from home, but I've finally found a setup that's both productive and comfortable. For me, it means a desktop that's free of clutter (my digital one also needs to look like this) and a blanket or sweatshirt on a nearby chair in case I get cold. And while I thought these specifications were personal, it turns out others can relate.
A recent poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Aera, discovered that 39% of people said their moods, and subsequently their productivity, were impacted by their environment. And out of 2,000 surveyed, 25% responded that "their environment can 'completely' change how they feel." In the survey, the top three factors when determining a positive environment were cleanliness, smell and temperature.
While I prioritize cleanliness and temperature in my work environment, for 52% of people, smell is also an important element. According to Sandra Barvaux, vice president of fragrance at Aera, "While how something looks might be the first thing you notice, thinking about how it feels, smells and sounds is just as important when considering the overall mood it will help create in your home."
So to help you create the best work environment, check out the top five most energizing and top five most relaxing scents below. I'll be adding these scents to my workspace with the help of an essential oil diffuser (buy it: Amazon, $29). Or, if your office doesn't allow diffusers, try mixing your essential oils with a neutral carrier oil and applying it onto your wrists or temples with a rollerball (buy it: Amazon, $7).