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Finals are upon us.
I have a project due today, a paper due next week, and then it is my finals week. 3 exams (wooHOO for not taking a full course load!) and then I am done with college.
But no panicking. (Actually, I’m really excited about graduating, if a bit sad about leaving the friends I’ve made this year)
With the beautiful weather and the end so near, it can be difficult to focus on what I need to get done. My mind is all over the place with plans, emotions, and at times fatigue and apathy. But even though I only have one class that I need to pass to graduate, I still feel the need to do well for my own sake. So how to I get my attention back on track?
What do you need?
There is no one-size-fits-all remedy to help with focus. There are many viable, natural options, but the key is finding what you need and what works for you. For example, many families find that a Focus Blend of essential oils is amazing for helping their child in school. Just roll a bit on the back of their neck or their feet, and they are good for the day. I also find that this blend, especially formulated to help with clarity and when concentration is needed, is exactly what I need to help me get through the crunch time before an exam, as well as the exam itself.
However, this blend does not work for everyone who struggles in this area. And with the exception of the exam itself, the particular Focus Blend that I use does not work for me for general, everyday focus.
This is because, while it is an amazing blend that I definitely recommend people try, it does not necessarily address the cause of your lack of attention. So reflect on what you are feeling. Why are you unable to concentrate on what you need to do? Are you stressed? Fatigued? Excited about something else? By examining the cause of your lack of focus, you can better decide what will help bring it back.
Vetiver and frankincense are both good oils in general for giving a sense of focus.
If the stress of everything that needs to be done is causing you to lose focus and procrastinate more, follow my tips to relieve stress in less than 5 minutes. A short meditation, EFT practice, or walk outside can help ground you and get you back on track. Just don’t use these as a means of procrastination, or they will stress you out even more! I find that the Grounding Blend can be a great asset to stress-induced distraction.
Often the cause of my lack of focus is general fatigue. If this is the case for you, try to make lifestyle changes to address this fatigue. Eat better, get more sleep, reduce stress, get in light exercise, etc. You know, general healthy lifestyle stuff to promote more energy. In the moment, however, I find peppermint essential oil to be amazing. With a small dab on the back of my neck, I can feel all my muscles relax and I am invigorated enough to get on with what I need to. It is amazing how powerful a really pure peppermint oil is! Various citrus essential oils, like wild orange can also be helpful with lifting up your mood and energy.
To apply these oils, a little self-experimentation can help you determine the best location. For example, I find that the Focus Blend and Peppermint work the best for me when applied to the back of the neck, but the Grounding Blend works best applied to my wrists. Many children prefer not to smell like essential oils, so applying the oils to their feet can help get the oils into their system (the feet have the largest pores on your body!) without making them too “smelly.” Just a drop at the desired location, diluted in fractionated coconut oil in case of sensitivity, can be quite effective!
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