4 Quick Tips for Mental Sharpness

24 September 11, 2014 - Healthy & Fit, Mind & Spirit, Wellness

For many, this time of year can be hectic and exhausting. Between juggling busy school schedules, meeting deadlines, and everything else on your plate, having a sharp mind to stay on top of it all is crucial. I’m excited to share five practices I have recently discovered that support my mental focus and increase my energy levels:


1. Before going to sleep, I slice ¼ of a cucumber and add the slices to 12 ounces of water, then leave it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, I add a few drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend to the cucumber-infused water and drink it within 10 minutes of waking.


2. Every day I try to take 15 minutes to calm my mind and focus my thoughts. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly or concentrating on your breathing.  Meditation has been practiced for centuries and is known for unique benefits such as increased awareness, decreased stress levels, and heightened mental clarity. I often diffuse Clarity essential oil blend to enhance my reflection time.


3. Sometime around my midday meal, I like to take advantage of a few cognition-supporting supplements. NingXia Nitro is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, full of beneficial ingredients like D-Ribose and Korean ginseng extract. I also like to use MindWise, Young Living’s new advanced brain wellness serum. Providing vitamin D, CoQ10, ALCAR, and GPC, MindWise is my go-to supplement for supporting my mind and memory.*


4. In addition to stimulating multiple areas of the brain, music helps minimize background noise and distractions. I have found classical music to be my ultimate distraction reducer. Whether I am at work, completing household chores, or simply relaxing, listening to my favorite composers keeps my mind motivated and engaged.


—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • Karen

    New to Young Living, but so glad that I discovered it!! It has be helpful to me, in soo many ways!! 🙂
    Going to have to try the Mind-wise, since I’ve been dealing with a lot of brain fog and would love for that to get better. After what I’ve read…it will.
    Been using the Stress Away and love it and know that I’ll love this! ^_^

  • Margaret Carwin

    I am learning so much from reading these blog entries! So far peppermint is my favorite oil. I also like lemon and lime, and sometimes peppermint in water instead of my very ol’ friend, Coke. I also use Ningxia Red twice a day. The blog is giving me some great ideas about using other Young Living oils.

  • Freda Schmidt

    Where can you get the scan and what kind of scan did you get that told you the oils that you needed?

  • Constance Vellenga

    10 drops of orange works better than a cup of coffee. Put in large glass of water and enjoy.

  • Sara Raynor

    I like to apply peppermint in the morning for an energizing start to my day. I like to diffuse Stress Away as I complete tasks throughout the day, I feel it helps me to stay motivated and alert without getting overwhelmed from my long to-do lists.

  • Judy Bowen

    Rosemary and Spearmint, diffused, seem to help me tremendously!

  • Tyne Evans White

    Mind wise, nitro and good sleep are keys!!

  • Bronwyn Deiter

    I use several of your suggestions combined when I’m needing a pick me up mentally: drink an oz. or Ningxia Red, followed by 12oz of water, then inhale peppermint in my palms while taking a few moments of quiet to focus before jumping back into work. I feel that electronics/social media is a great tool, but also a mind-zapper, so when I do this little routine, I turn off all my gadgets for 30min at least.

  • A great tip for staying sharp & alert is get off modern hybrid grains, switch to YL’s Einkorn grains, drink Ningxia Red, Nitro & MindWise instead of coffee! The brain will work so much better.

  • Lacey

    I’ve been trying to take a 20 minute power nap before the kids get home from school of I can squeeze it in. It seems to help a ton. I’ve never tried mind wise but maybe I should give it a whirl 🙂

  • Carol

    Getting proper sleep and water help me – staying away from inflamation foods such as sugar –

  • Brier

    I try to avoid sugar and, instead, drink a big glass of lemon water–that, and avoiding multi-tasking as much as possible helps me to keep my focus…I’m a newbie with the essential oils, but I’m convinced they can have a strong part to play, too!

  • marla

    I am new to the Young Living family and cant wait to try these blends u recommend. I juice vegetables and fruits and I feel a good juice blend with greens and fruits really energizes me and makes my brain sharp. 🙂

    Marla Dycio

  • Becca Jarrett Bundy

    I find taking a Nitro mid day keeps me focused to finish the day. It also replaces that afternoon coffee I was consuming before I found the Nitro!!!

  • Debi Post

    Thanks for all the great tips! In this world of multi-tasking, I find myself more productive and focused if I stay mindful and complete one thing at a time. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I use a drop or two of Grounding oil, take a minute to focus on my next action and then proceed. New to YLEO, I haven’t tried MindWise but look forward to it! Thanks.

  • Daily must have my Ningxia Red, Ningxia Nitro, and always diffuse one of the Young Living essential oils! So many good ones to choose from. I like to alternate oil daily.

  • Elly

    Peppermint is my first go to when I need a lift. I also like Clarity to clear my head when I start feeling ‘foggy’. I have not yet experienced MindWise. Good to hear others comments on this.

  • Lindsay

    My favorite ways to stay alert are by applying Cedarwood to the back of my neck and take an ounce or two of NingXia Red if I’m going to class or work on-the-go. If I have more time I like to apply Grounding to my palms, inhale, and go for a short walk on our school’s nature trail.

  • Cara

    The best way for me stay focused on what’s ahead, is to let go of what’s behind. A few moments of meditation coupled with inhalation of Stress Away does wonders for feelings of fatigue. Follow up with a drop of peppermint or valor, and I am ready to tackle what’s ahead!

  • Jeanne Hess

    My students love the peppermint diffused in the classroom. It helps keep them alert and focused, especially in the afternoon classes.

  • Melany Humphreys Leuty

    I just started using Mind Wise 4 days ago and have already noticed improvement. I feel it has curbed my appetite and I now prefer a cup of cinnamon hibiscus tea instead of coffee. I feel more alert and energized to tackle some to do lists I’ve been putting off.

    I start my mornings with 16 oz water and usually add lemon or peppermint to hydrate. Ninxia red and Mind Wise in the morning as well. I just started diffusing Brain Power at work and am more productive. My coworker so loving it too! I had been using Ninxia Nitro in the afternoons but have not felt it necessary since using Mind Wise.

    My mom is starting to loose some of her short term memory and I can’t wait for her to try Mind Wise too! She already uses and loves peppermint, common sense and Ninxia nitro. 🙂

  • Kathi Johnson

    I put a drop of clarity and/brain power on my brain stem every morning… I just started using MindWise and love it… Ningxia and Nitro together give me all day energy with no jitters and zero crashing!!! I only have to use 1/2 a tube of nitro, so that is a huge money saver for me… 😉

  • Andi Treece Goodson

    I would love to win this. I actually went to go add it to my ER but the price was way more than I could spare right now. Im sure worth every penny tho! I diffuse peppermint when I need a pick me up. I have heard there are many more so im anxious to start getting more and more every month.

  • Kristi Cooper

    getting enough rest each night and daily meditation are essential to maintaining the calm alert mental state needed for busy schedules!

  • Dorothea Wilder

    Diffusing Clarity as well as using it topically on temples, back of neck, and crown of head is a big help for me.

  • Jodi Hughes

    I start the day with prayer, meditation, and worship! Dont have mind wise..need to try it!

  • Starting out the day with prayer and some good praise & worship music, along with my Valor, Brain Power, an of course Ningxia Red & Nitro! Looks like I will be adding the MindWise to that morning routine!

  • Bailey Dash

    I think being and thinking positive also helps keep you alert and sharp. I like to diffuse an oil that helps release negative thoughts/emotions (joy, geranium, valor, etc)

  • Stockhammer

    I love the infused water idea! I have found that listening to classical music while at work has really made a difference. My favorite is Brain Power on my temples while diffusing Stress Away and Peppermint! But I believe I really need some MindWise!

  • Lisa

    After I put peppermint on back of neck, I take a few minutes to inhale what is left on my fingers. I cup my nose and inhale deeply. Very relaxing!

  • hmschlmomma

    I have started to drink water with cucumbers, peppermint, and lemon oils. So refreshing and delicious! Would live to try mind wise…always looking for clarity! Thanks

  • Diane Coffman Schall

    I sip lemon and grapefruit oil in my water all day long. I sniff peppermint or add it to my wrists about mid afternoon. I will have to try it on the back of my neck as suggested in the other comments.

  • Paula Drury

    Wake up, shower and massage my scalp with rosemary while it is wet. Drink lemon in my water all day long. Diffuse lemon and peppermint in my USB diffuser! Thank you for these oils!

  • Leona Cameron

    I diffuse peppermint and rosemary in the morning of homeschooling. It helps everyone be more awake and learning.

  • Becca572

    I FORCE myself to go to bed at a good time; I can always tell if I haven’t eaten–so I try to make sure that I’ve given my body (& my mind) fuel; if I know that it’s going to be a long, busy day with getting home late due to ballgames or whatever, I slip Peppermint in my purse (it seems to make the most difference for me when I put it at the back of my neck); and I try to rest (even if it’s for 10 mins in my vehicle waiting for kids to get out of school). Resting is a big factor for me as well. Thanks for all these tips!

  • Daniel Sehlmeyer

    To stay sharp and alert, I have one of the USB Diffusers in my vehicle and heavy equipment that I operate. I diffuse a combination of Purification and Peppermint. The Purification helps eliminate the odors of diesel, etc while in the heavy equipment and the Peppermint helps keep me alert. I also use Cedarwood at night time to help me get a good nights rest and in the am when I get up I drink 1 oz of Ningxia Red.

  • Rachmrie84

    Thanks for the tips! I find that getting plenty of sleep is the biggest factor for me in keeping my mind sharp during the day. I am also looking forward to getting my first shipment of NingXia next week to add to that routine!

  • Good tips! Especially the ones to calm your mind. Makes a huge difference in how your day goes.

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