5 Mood-Boosting Scents For A Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up
You know the feeling – it’s only Tuesday or Wednesday, and the hands on the clock are just crawling at an agonizingly slow pace. Each tick and each tock are irritatingly deafening, and you just can’t wait for the week to end. But how can the week come to an end if the day itself just seems so impossibly long? Ugh!
We all have those days when everything is one frustration after another and nothing seems to go right. While it’s easy to just give in to unhealthy coping mechanisms or just give up altogether, sometimes, all it takes is a little something different to brighten up your day.
Your sense of smell is possibly your most under-appreciated and underestimated sense, so maybe it’s time that you make it work for you. Here are five scents that’ll boost your mood with a whiff and help you get through until the end of the week.
1. Orange For Alertness
If you’re feeling drowsy, skip the caffeine and sniff something citrus instead! Orange has Vitamin C properties, so they’re great for boosting energy and immunity. It’ll increase your alertness level and give you that much needed zip in your step. Light a Hexagon Candle in Applejack & Orange Peel to help you last until the end of the day – the apple scent in this candle also helps alleviate migraines, so you can stay on top of your game.
2. Coconut For Cheerfulness
There’s just something about coconut. It’s reminiscent of summer vacations on balmy beaches, so maybe that’s why people just automatically feel a little bit happier when they catch a whiff of it. Beyond any feelings, though, coconut in itself is used as a natural way of lifting moods and healing depression. The next time you’re feeling a little down, light an Argyle Candle in Coconut & Lime – the addition of lime to this scent blend gives this candle a nice citrus kick.
3. Lavender For Relaxation
There are just way too many things in daily life that trigger anxiety. A bad presentation, a verbal scolding from the boss, a coworker on your case, the list goes on. It can be very challenging to remain calm and centered throughout all of the noise, and it just seems so easy to give up and give in to the panic and worry that comes with anxiety. Before you do that, sniff some lavender. Lavender is widely recognized for its relaxation properties, making it an ideal choice to relieve some of your tension. Take a few deep, calming breaths, and light a Crystal Candle in Lavender & Chamomile – the chamomile will also help clear your mind. This candle’s particular shape is inspired by the natural geometry of crystal formations, bringing you a lot of good energy along the way.
4. Vanilla For Joy
Vanilla is a truly joyful scent, and no, it’s not just because it makes a great ice cream flavor. Vanilla’s joy-giving properties have been proven by science. A 2004 study found that a whiff of vanilla bean led to increased feelings of relaxation and joy. People who smell vanilla become more receptive to the sources of their happiness, so light a Pentagon Candle in Vanilla & Sugar for a sweet day ahead.
5. Eucalyptus For Freedom
With the demands of the modern world, it’s so easy to feel trapped and burdened by everything that needs to be done. Our minds can feel bogged down and cluttered, and because we are so overwhelmed by everything that needs our attention, we end up paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything. Take a breather and light a Diamond Candle in Eucalyptus & Spearmint. Eucalyptus is used for cleansing and healing, to free the mind of any negative emotion for clarity and peace ahead, while the spearmint will lift any remaining tension off you.
Sometimes, all it takes is a stimulation of the senses in order to realign and recharge. Now that you’ve addressed your sense of smell, take care of the rest of you as well. Close your eyes for a few minutes to ensure that your eyes don’t dry out. Stand up and give yourself a good stretch. Get yourself something yummy and healthy to eat while you’re at it. You only have one you, so take care of yourself.
How else do you pick yourself up and brighten your own mood? Do you have any other go-to scents, or activities you enjoy at any given time? Let us know in the comments below!