Smells and emotions are closely linked and we can use this to help us to feel the way we would like to feel, and to achieve the things we want to achieve….here’s how
Can you think of a smell you associate with being on holiday?
For me it’s the smell of baking cookies from Main Street in Disney and it makes me feel excited.
Can you think of a smell you associate with being at school?
For me it’s chalk and it makes me feel focussed.
Can you think of a smell you associate with being at the dentist?
For me it’s antiseptic and it makes me feel anxious.
Can you think of a smell you associate with being with your Grandmother?
For me it’s fruit cake and it makes me feel safe.
So. think of a situation that made you feel the way that you want to feel, and then think of the smells that you associate with it. Then surround yourself with that fragrance. It really is that simple.
You can also create scent associations that are useful to get you into the right head space.
Whenever I see clients I always use the same perfume. It creates the right associations for me and I have also had feedback from some clients that they start to feel more relaxed whenever they come across that scent.
When ever I blog, I spray the room with a scent called Karma from LUSH – it helps me to feel creative and focussed into writing.
When I meditate, I always light a vanilla candle, and now the smell of vanilla always helps to calm me.
You can use this trick for all sorts of things, from revising for an exam to sitting a driving test. Just make sure that you use the scent every time you are practising or revising and then use it in the exam to help bring back all the facts and focus.