Health Center brings peace with new Zen Den

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photo by Cassandra Busch

The Health Center staff hosted an open house with refreshments for their new Zen Den room in the Health Center in the ACC on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Zen Den is located across from the Health Center window and adjacent to the Counseling Center. Previously a storage room, this project was completed over the summer. Now it has been transformed into a quiet, relaxing space for students, staff and faculty to utilize whenever they need a safe space to be alone with their thoughts.
The room contains plenty of comfortable seating, mandalas and adult coloring pages, games and other relaxation techniques designed to provide a distraction from the stresses of the outside world and everyday life. Whether it be quiet or a safe space that users are seeking, the Zen Den is the perfect place to find a peaceful oasis, right in the ACC.

A sheet of guidelines on the door indicate how to use the room appropriately. You can listen to your own music or the music that is provided. There are even guided meditation CDs available for borrowing if interested. There is a lit therapy lamp behind the door that works in half-hour intervals, designed to lift your mood naturally. The coloring pages and games are provided in the room as well. The guidelines recommend setting aside technology so you can truly take advantage of the space and take a break from outside stresses. It is asked that the room only be used in 30 minute time intervals so that it can be effectively utilized by all. And finally, Zen Den users are asked to clean up after themselves so that it is ready to go for the next person.

Counselor Tricia Borelli says that the Zen Den was designed to be a “safe, quiet space for people that are overwhelmed.” All the Health Center staff pitched in for supplies and funding of the room.

“The space is all about being in the moment. It’s so important to stop every so often and take a breath, since we live such busy lives,” she said.

The Zen Den is now open to all students, faculty and staff.

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