Here are my top ten ways to create an effective study space.1. De-clutter your spaceGet rid of things from your space that you don’t need. Not only can clutter make you feel anxious but it can disturb your thought process and be an unnecessary distraction.2. Herbal teas or flavoured waterWe all know how important it is to keep up our fluid intake to prevent dehydration, feeling lethargic and the dreaded brain fog. Herbal teas are a great way to relax the nervous system while keeping your body hydrated or, if that’s not your thing, why not chop up some fresh fruit or herbs and add these to your water? Strawberries and mint leaves are my favourite as they are so refreshing and pleasant to the palate.3. Fresh flowers and plantsFresh flowers or a potted plant can be pleasing to the eyes and bring a little bit of nature and a splash of colour into your workspace. Green is a calming colour that can evoke feelings of balance and harmony and is particularly helpful during times of stress. Freshly cut rosemary is known to boost alertness, cognitive function and memory.4. Good quality headphonesA good set of headphones can be a great way to block out external distractions and help you to tune in and better process information. Choose a pair that is light and comfortable to wear.5. NotebookWhether it be for taking notes or just doodling – no efficient workspace is ever complete without a notebook. Always keep one handy as you never know when you’ll need to jot something down. Taking handwritten notes has also been shown to help better retain information.6. Natural light or non-harsh lightingA well-lit space with natural light can improve mood and enhance productivity. Avoid any harsh lighting or unnatural lighting as they can cause headaches for some. Blue lens glasses can be an effective way to minimise the impact of blue light from the screen as well.7. Essential oilsChoose oils that are uplifting and help you to concentrate and focus. Some of my favourite essential oils for diffusing in my workspace are rosemary, peppermint, sweet orange pine and eucalyptus. I sometimes add a little bit of lavender for the calming and anxiolytic properties.8. Invest in an ergonomic chairAs a massage therapist, I see many postural-related injuries on a daily basis. Choose a chair that is comfortable and that allows your posture to be upright, and legs positioned comfortably on the floor. Don’t forget during longer workdays to get up at least every 20 minutes to walk around and have a stretch.9. Room temperatureMake sure the room is at a comfortable temperature. If it’s too hot it can make you drowsy and aggravated and if it’s too cold it can prevent you from being able to concentrate and feel relaxed.10. Stress ballNo workspace is ever complete without a stress ball. Tactile stimulation is a great way to keep your hands busy when you need to be listening while also stimulating the circulation and nervous system and builds strength and flexibility of the wrists.