It’s time to fine-tune how you study and concentrate, ready for the new academic year (or getting back to work after your summer hols). There are many hints, tips and tricks you can add to your routine to help you boost your focus and stay on top this year
1 REFRESH One way to aid concentration is by getting a good night’s sleep, and the scent of lavender can help do just that. The plant’s calming properties have a soothing effect on nerves, as well as the ability to relieve headaches which may be caused by study-induced stress. Simply apply a few drops to your pillow every night or light a lavender candle before bed to ensure you get a peaceful rest.
2 INVIGORATE Once you’ve woken up, it’s time to kickstart your brainpower, and the best way to do this is to start your day off with a cup of peppermint tea. A study measuring the effect of peppermint aroma on the cognitive performance found that it increased alertness and memory in students taking an exam, compared to those who weren’t exposed to it. Alternative uses of peppermint include creating a cooling mist spray from it, or keeping a peppermint plant in your study area so you can inhale its naturally occurring aromas.
3 MEDITATE Meditation is a discipline that has been harnessed over thousands of years, and by simply adding it to your daily routine, can help improve focus and clear your mind. The Buddha is believed to have identified two qualities arising from regular meditation, with one of them being serenity, in which you steady and concentrate your mind. A simple meditation session before you start learning will help clear your mind and enable you to retain more information.
4 NOURISH A clear mind and a satisfied body go hand in hand, so make sure you’re eating healthily as you study. If you’re hungry, your concentration will be focused on your stomach and not your mind. Sage is said to improve memory and concentration, so adding fresh sage to your diet will benefit your long term studying and kick any mental fatigue you may face.
5 COLOURISE The colour blue has long been thought to represent reflection, calm and serenity – just look at the sea or a sky on a clear day. Tranquil, isn’t it? Adding this hue to your routine will make all the difference and even help boost your creativity in the process. Why not write in blue pen or jot down your musings on pastel blue paper? They’ll be easier to take in when you’re revising and lessen any stress at the same time.
About the author
Danielle Lett is a Soul & Spirit staff writer