Ever start typing the lyrics to "I Want To Hold Your Hand" while listening to your favorite oldies station instead of working on that pitch letter? Give your ears (and brain) a break with the true oldies. Meredith Gould personally contests to the researched "Mozart effect," wherein symphonies by 18th century composers Mozart and Haydn are said to boost your creativity and productivity. She also says the more repetitive mathematical strains will help you concentrate; try concerti and sonatas by Bach, Vivaldi, Torelli and Telemann. Gould's favorite mood-enhancing collections include Mozart in the Morning, Mozart for Meditation and Bach for Breakfast (PGD/Phillips, $9.97, www.amazon.com).
The Nose Knows
Okay, your eyes are happy, your ears are conducting symphonies-but what about your neglected nasal passages? If you don't have potentially allergic office visitors, bring on the aromatherapy. Studies by The Olfactory Research Fund in New York City suggest that people doing repetitive tasks find peppermint can improve accuracy and alertness. Other helpful scents include spiced apple to reduce stress; vanilla, jasmine and lavender to relax and calm; and citrus, spicy and green fragrances for energy. Terry Molnar of the Olfactory Research Fund suggests you use intermittent spritzes of scents for mood therapy instead of long-lasting candles or potpourri, which diminish in effect over time.
Precious Aromatherapy sells Discovery Cards with pure oils and Essential Oil Blends for Home Fragrancing, such as Stress Relief, Rest & Relaxation and the brain-boosting Mindful. Attach the oil to an Aromatherapy Room Mist and spray away. Call (800)877-6889 or visit www.aromatherapy.com.
Olfactory Research Fund, www.senseofsmell.org