Studies show that our sense of smell has the most powerful connection to our emotions. Not only do they connect to your emotions, they trigger memories better than visuals, so it makes perfect sense that they’d also have the ability to sway our moods, emotions, and even our performances? Indeed. No matter what you’re feeling, there’s a scent that will give you a boost of what you need most. Keep scrolling for a guide to the effects scents have on your mood and well-being!
Having anxiety sucks. Lemon and cinnamon can help you get rid of some of that tension, as they both have major calming effects. Try spritzing one of these scents for instant stress relief.
Whenever you find yourself thinking, “Why is life so hard?” turn to fruity scents like apples and berries, as well as natural scents like rose and fresh-cut grass, which can help boost happiness. Try these for a “good day in a bottle” perfumes.
We all have times when we feel angry and tense, like when we’re sitting in rush hour traffic. Chamomile and ylang-ylang can help relieve some of that. Try these for staying calm and collected.
When you’re feeling lethargic and lack motivation to make spin class, chew some gum or add a dab of minty ointment under your nose. Studies have shown that workout performances increase by up to 23 percent when you smell peppermint. Or, you could try one of these scents for a burst of energy.
Sometimes you’re just not in the state of mind to socialize. Jasmine and patchouli are known to give you a little boost of confidence by relaxing your mind and body. Hello, social butterfly.