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Jordan Mendiola

Can Candles Really Help You Focus?

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Jordan Mendiola
Jordan Mendiola
 30 days ago

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Candles make everything feel better.

For Christmas, my girlfriend bought me a scented mahogany coconut candle from Bath and Body Works, and I’ve utilized it nearly every writing session ever since then.

The 5 human senses are sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. For some odd reason, the incredible smell of candles carries a heavy weight on my mood and my productivity.

I have a candlelit nearly every writing session I have and it truly serves a purpose. Not many people have routines when it comes to creativity, and that’s fine. But if you’re looking to experiment a something new, you can light a scented candle the next time you sit in front of your keyboard.

Scented candles have the following benefits:

  • They smell really good and there is an infinite number of smells.
  • They are aesthetic especially if you write at night.
  • They’re fairly inexpensive but can transform a mundane environment into a very pleasant one.
  • Depending on the type you purchase, they last a long time and don’t need to be replaced too often.
  • Good smells will put you in a better mood and allow you to work faster.

Without candles, I would still be able to write. I’m not going to tell you they’re life-changing and everyone needs to do this right now.

But what I am saying is that this little part of my writing routine has served me well. It may help you crank out more work than you would without it.

As with everything, experiment for yourself and find what works for you. Whether it’s floral, fruity, spicy, or woody, candles make for an incredible stress-reliever.

Everyone has unique superstitions or routines that work for them. This is one of those many routines that may or may not raise your potential.