I have a young man who often gets distracted. He’s incredibly bright and has excelled in school, but we’ve struggled with focus. Sometimes this has much longer days of school work than he likes. Well, if I’m being absolutely truthful, I probably dislike it more than he does. I hate feeling like the nagging taskmaster when it comes to school. Give me a shout-out if you’re a homeschool mama that can relate 😉
Because we homeschool, this has enabled us to try different strategies and settings for school work. I honestly thought quarantining him to a room by himself would help. His brothers wouldn’t be a visible distraction. And he wouldn’t get distracted by the noise—well, not as much anyhow. When you have three brothers, there’s bound to be some noise even if you’re in another room!
I’m afraid to say, secluding him didn’t make any difference. If anything, it seemed to backfire. He seemed to spend hours looking out the window and daydreaming.
3 Strategies for Improved Focus for the School Day
There have been three things we’ve found do make a positive difference. They seem like such no-brainers, I’m not sure why I’m so surprised they’ve helped. And honestly, these strategies aren’t just for kids. They help even some of us distractable adults too 🙂
1. A Good Night’s Rest
My son is hitting that time of life when he wants to stay up later—and wake up later! This is a actually a very natural phenomenon. During puberty, kids start to secrete melatonin (the hormone that makes you tired) later in the night. This means, you end up with kiddos who want to stay up later and wake up later.
Thankfully, we homeschool and we’re able to accommodate this pattern (within reason of course). The problem comes if we start to bend the bedtime rules too much. Too many late nights and not enough sleep make for a particularly distractable boy!
The first key to improved focus is making sure we maintain good sleep patterns.
2. Maintaining Stable Blood Sugar
This is something we’ve been working to help teach our son about more recently. You see, he’d much prefer to eat a heavy carb breakfast that will cause his blood sugar to crash. We don’t need to ride that roller coaster throughout our school days!
We’re working on helping him make meal choices (especially breakfast choices) that include plenty of natural, healthy fats and adequate protein. This is the primary reason I spearheaded writing the book Brainy Breakfasts with several other authors. I wanted to have fun, tasty, grain-free, brain-fueling breakfast options for my kids. This has served to give my son some great options for breakfast.
3. Mental Focus Essential Oil Blend
Essential oils aren’t the end-all-be-all in healthy living, but they’re sure a great tool to have in your tool belt. They’ve certainly enhanced our family’s life in ways I’d not have thought possible just a few years ago. Learn more about my favorite essential oils in this post.
This particular blend is fantastic for diffusing in the school room for everyone to benefit from. Or sometime we dilute it with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the wrists. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this blend! Some of the benefits we’ve seen from this are…
- improved alertness
- greater mental focus and concentration
- positive impact on mood
- emotionally balancing
Mental Focus Essential Oil Blend Recipe
Ready for the recipe! It’s super easy. You’ll want to use…
- 2 parts peppermint essential oil
- 2 parts rosemary essential oil
- 1 part frankincense essential oil
If you’d like to fill a 15 mL bottle with this blend so you can have it pre-blended, use 100 drops of peppermint, 100 drops of rosemary, and 50 drops of frankincense. You can then put 2-4 drops in a diffuser to diffuse in your room. Or put 2 drops (for 2% dilution) in a 10 mL roller bottle and fill with fractionated coconut oil in order to use topically.
I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as ours has!
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