Late-night assignments and early morning cramming sessions are all too common for people who are currently studying. A thirst for knowledge and learning makes us human, but that doesn’t mean that studying isn’t without its dreary moments. Too often, study spaces can smell like paper and old coffee – not too inspiring. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to spruce up your study space and better maintain focus and clarity even when you have to pull an all-nighter. Strong coffee is an option, but it’s not the only (or the best) one. Aromatherapy can provide you with the clarity you need without making you jittery.
Diffusing essential and aroma oils is a great way to create the optimal studying environment you need to do your best work. Blends of essential oils such as rosemary, basil, lemon, and peppermint can help keep your eyes open and your mind sharp no matter how long you keep at it. Diffusing aroma oils in your study space is an effective way to make it a sanctuary where you relax, focus, and absorb what you need to learn. Not only can you enjoy a pleasant scent while you study, but you can also feel calmer and more confident as you prepare for exams.
Here are some excellent choices for all your late-night study sessions.
Improving concentration and memory
Diffusing certain essential oils can help focus your mind and give you the extra edge you need to stay alert and retain information better. These oils are known to improve concentration and memory – even in people with ADD and ADHD. Rosemary and peppermint are two terrific options. Other choices include spearmint, lemon, eucalyptus, and sage – all extremely helpful when it comes to boosting flagging energy levels and giving you the mental stamina you need to make it through hours of studying. Try AromaTech’s Eucalyptus aroma oil to get the benefits of eucalyptus, rosemary, white citrus, and more all in one refreshing blend.
Maybe what you truly need is to be able to chill out and take a breather from the strain of your schoolwork. Essential and aroma oil diffusion is a fantastic way to relieve stress. Lavender is the king of the calming essential oils, and many delightful blends make use of this soothing scent. In fact, lavender has the unique ability to help you both relax and sustain energy. That’s because it helps your body adapt to imbalances or stressors. Other calming scents include ylang-ylang, chamomile, sweet orange, bergamot, clary sage, and benzoin. Sandalwood essential oil is particularly interesting as it not only has calming properties but is also being studied for its potential cancer-fighting abilities. Experiment and find the scents that are the most appealing to you – these will be the ones that give you the best stress-busting benefits. Be sure to check out our Stress Relief blend for a custom-made solution to your school-induced anxiety.
A good night’s sleep is nothing short of a miracle worker when it comes to helping you feel and perform your best in school. It may be hard to find the time to fit in enough quality sleep, but it’s essential to ensure that you can retain information well and do your best work. Sleep helps you process everything you learned that day and supports healthy brain function. When you’re lying awake at night worrying about assignments and exams, turn to aromatherapy to help yourself drift off into the slumber you need. Just as they can help you calm down and lower your stress, lavender, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood can all help you get a good night’s sleep as well. Chamomile is another excellent bedtime option. Neroli is also a beneficial choice when it’s time to turn out the lights and get your rest.
Getting a good night’s sleep is an important way to keep your energy levels up. However, you can also turn to essential oils when you are feeling weary. Peppermint is known to help fight exhaustion and provide the pick-me-up so many students desperately need. The bright, refreshing scent of citrus can also help wake you up, so experiment with orange, lemon, grapefruit, and more. Rosemary and sage are also useful energy boosters. Try diffusing a blend such as Energy Boost by AromaTech for an eye-opening dose of lemon, lime, peppermint, and spearmint.
Other tips for creating the perfect study environment
Diffusing some carefully-chosen essential oils is a great way to establish surroundings in which you can study effectively. Here are some other tips to incorporate to ensure that your study space is conducive to doing your best work.
- Diminish distractions. Figure out what distracts you and remove it from your space, whether it’s your phone, background music, a view of the dirty dishes in the sink, or anything else that keeps you from being fully present.
- Create a private retreat. Make sure you have an area where you can study uninterrupted, such as a closed bedroom or office.
- Unplug. Turn off all electronics when it’s time to hit the books. If you must use your computer, log out of social media and stay away from distracting websites. If you need to, physically place your phone in another room so that you can focus.
- Create your private office. It’s advisable to designate a particular area just for studying. Treat it just like a job and put together a cubicle or desk where you can separate work from play. This also signals to other people that you are working and shouldn’t be disturbed.
- Eat well. You won’t have enough energy if you don’t eat – or if you eat junk. Drink plenty of water and have healthy snacks on hand to keep your tank full.
When it comes to creating the optimal study environment, it’s all about discovering what works for you. Try some different things to figure out how you work best. The same goes for choosing your essential oils to diffuse – experiment and see how you respond to a few different ones. You’ll be studying like a pro in no time.