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Apr 21, 2020
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We know that this time can be very stressful with lots of students. From transitioning from face-to-face lectures, to online classes, the semester can be tough for someone that is not used to taking classes online and watching lectures through Zoom. Even trying to go outside and enjoy the nice weather, or going to the store can be a challenge for many students, which can make this situation very stressful for many students.

Even with the struggle of the upcoming online semesters, we are here to help you! Want to redesign your room, or are you moving into a new room? Well, consider some zen-inspired decor to create a stress-free haven of your very own! From humidifiers, to essential oils, even to just decorate your room with things that can calm you down on a stressful day, here is a list of the best zen-inspired dorm decor for your dorm room!

Practice Aromatherapy When You are Feeling Stressed

Using essential oils to practice aromatherapy is undeniably one of the best ways to keep stress away when you’re hard at work!

Aromatherapy, or what can otherwise be known as essential oil therapy, has been around for over 6,000 years. It provides many great health benefits along with practicing peace of mind and tranquility. Not only can aromatherapy have many health benefits, but it can also provide many mood boosters depending on which essential oil that you choose. This is a form of holistic healing and it is the safest way to improve your mood and overall health.

Practice aromatherapy using a humidifier with the many different essential oils that are available for you to use!


Many people are unsure of where to start off when wanting to practice aromatherapy. What many avid aromatherapy users use is a humidifier to easily inhale the essential oils. While this is proven to be one of the easiest ways to practice aromatherapy, it also has many health benefactors. It can provide respiratory disinfection to prevent you from getting sick, it acts as a decongestant to break down mucus, and even helps to provide a positive psychological headspace for when you are trying to focus on your coursework and studying for classes.


There is so much that goes into essential oils, which kinds help what, and how you should properly use them if you are practicing aromatherapy. With so many essential oils to choose from, it can get confusing deciding on which one is right for you. For starters, they are perfect for fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungus. They also can boost your immunity, help soothe sore throats, reduce headaches and migraines, and they can even help you to sleep better at night. If you’re interested in learning more about aromatherapy and essential oils, make sure to check out one of our previous articles about the topic!

Enjoy a Taste of the Outdoors with an Indoor Lily Water Fountain

Do you miss spending lots of your time venturing into the outdoors, but can’t because of school? Bring the outdoors to you with a mini waterfall for your desk!

The outdoors are a great way to escape into a stress-free environment and gain some peace of mind by just listening to water rushing down a river, or the wind blowing in the trees. When the new semester starts, sometimes it can be difficult to get outside and go on walks, or venture into the unknown of the wilderness because of your workload, or even now with lockdown. Don’t be alarmed and disappointed just because you might have to stay productive indoors for a while. Instead, purchase an indoor lily water fountain that is the perfect size for your desk!

Enjoy the peaceful outdoors with this calming indoor lily water fountain that is the perfect size for your desk to remind you of the calming outdoors. Image courtesy of Amazon. 


There’s no better feeling than hearing the rush of a waterfall, or dipping your feet into a river stream on a warm summer day. If you are missing those days of tranquility, look no more than the indoor lily water fountain. With this tiny fountain only standing ten inches high, it is perfect to put on your work desk, or even your end table next to your bed to fall asleep to the sound of water falling at night. This indoor tabletop water fountain is light and compact and is perfect for any spot you wish to place it. Consider purchasing this small indoor water fountain to help stay calm and think of the outdoors when you’re stuck inside studying on a nice day to remind you of the beautiful world outside.

Are You a Fan of Candles? Why Not Try a Solar Candle Instead?

Not only are these “candles” solar powered, but they are also a lot healthier for the environment!

Candles are great for illuminating your desk as you are working on your online coursework and studying for your upcoming exams. The one thing about candles is that some of them can contain harmful chemicals that are bad for not only the environment, but for you as well. Lots of candles are dangerous because of one ingredient, paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum oil and when burnt, it releases dangerous carcinogens that can affect the human body. 

Want to protect the environment and your body from harmful carcinogens regular candles give off? Try the Luci candle that is completely solar powered and even flickers like a real candle! Image courtesy of OCM.

Are you looking to improve the environment one step at a time? Well, consider buying a solar powered candle! What is a solar powered candle you ask? It is a candle that feeds off of the sun’s energy to turn into electricity to light the candle. The Luci candle lasts for hours and it is perfect to add the touch of zen to your dorm room. It provides an amber glow and it even flickers just like a real candle! With purchasing the Luci candle that is completely solar powered, you are also helping to improve the environment all while giving your room that stress-free feel with some easy zen-inspired decor.

Bonsai Trees are the Best Indoor Plants to Get for Your Dorm

They are known for being the best stress-relievers and even boost your overall health!

Everyone has heard of a bonsai tree, a small tree that has twisted branches and sparse foliage that people have to trim and take care of. For thousands of years, citizens of China have been growing and taking care of bonsai trees, which is very common in the Chinese culture because of the many benefits that they have. 

Many people take great pride in taking care of their bonsai trees because of the dedication it takes to grow one. They require a lot of proper care, such as watering, fertilizing, and even trimming it. Bonsai plants require minimal sunlight in the summers, but once winter hits, make sure to put it in a bright and sunny place for them to flourish. They are also great for helping to purify the air within their surroundings, which makes this plant perfect for your home office. 

Ever wanted to take care and grow  your own bonsai tree? Give it a try because they are a great stress reliever along with being a great reward for the hard work you put into taking care of it! Image courtesy of Amazon. 

Did you know that bonsai trees are also great stress relievers too? When setting it in an area that you are constantly working in, they are known to slow breathing and make it relaxing with the hard work that you put into taking care of it. It also helps that it is a very beautiful plant to look at! Bonsai trees are also great for curing sore throats, coughs, fatigue, and tiredness. If you are interested in looking for a new hobby that brings the zen vibe straight to your dorm room, look into purchasing a bonsai tree to not only take care of, but keep you stress free during the semester!

Buy a Small Statue of the Buddha to Provide a Sense of Tranquility in Your Work Space

Buddha’s provide a sense of unclouded perception and help to enhance your zen-inspired room!

Buddhas are a perfect symbol for zen, or to further provide a stress free haven in your dorm room. You may be wondering what the Buddha symbolizes or means. The word “Buddha” is Sanskrit that means “The Awakened One”. Buddha’s are known to have reached an enlightenment understanding of how the world works, which is to see it without bias or with clouded perception. 

Having a statue of a Buddha in your work space can help provide good luck too! According to Zen Buddhist traditions, the laughing Buddha, known as Budai, are a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and even good fortune. Even if you don’t follow Buddhism, the Buddha is a symbol of good luck for everybody, no matter what beliefs, or morals that you have. Self-change and perseverance are important in the eyes of the Buddha. Keeping a picture of this cute little guy by your desk will surely help you to stay calm and know that your semester is going to end on a good note no matter what challenges you face.

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