Take a Break

Surround Yourself With the Smell of Relaxation

Last updated:

December 07, 2011

No time to relax? Fool yourself into thinking you do by adding relaxation-inducing scents to your day. Many stores use this technique to lull you into a state of calm when you shop. In 2008, scientists set out to create "the world's most relaxing room." The scent of lavender was central to the mood they created. Sachets of lavender in pillows can help you drift to sleep. Or light a lavender-scented candle or use room spray to get a calming effect all through the house.

-- Paula Spencer Scott