As the first week of March approaches, the challenging season of midterms begin. This month more than ever it is important to remember and practice your self-care routines and place yourself in an environment that will promote not only good study habits, but also your own well-being.
It is proven that one of the best ways to do this is to decorate your room or study space with plants.
There are many benefits of having plants in your study environment. Not only do plants have the ability to help you breathe better, but, according to various studies, they also promote relaxation, better memory and increased concentration.
Plants allow you to feel more connected to nature, and thus instill a sense of outdoors into your home. Being responsible for their growth is proven to reduce stress levels and give a sense of purpose outside your own life and schedule.
Especially during the midterm season, it is important to take time for yourself and do activities outside of class.
There are many types of plants you can choose to decorate your home with. Herbs, for example, are a good choice if you are looking to stimulate or relax your senses. Specifically, lavender is a herb high in essential oils which will help to relieve stress and improve sleep. Another option is sage, which is found to have cognitive-enhancing effects in adults by improving mood, alertness, and memory.
Both of which are helpful during studying for exams. Aside from herbs, succulents are also a popular choice to grow in your home. If you are a person who easily forgets to water plants, then these are a perfect option. Succulents include a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes, so they can create any aesthetic look for your study space.
They require minimal care and flourish easily. They promote a sense of capability and accomplishment — two important feelings during the midterm season.
In Madison, located on both Mifflin and State Street, you can find a cute plant shop called Red Square Flowers. They have a wide variety of plants to choose from, and even if you are not an expert on buying and caring for plants, the workers are extremely knowledgeable and will help you find the right one to fit your home.