The Zen Den offers you a place to take a deep breath and relax. We hope our quiet space gives you a break from the busyness of campus and provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness and pay attention to how you can control and decrease your experience of stress.
Ways to spend your time in the Zen Den
Massage can reduce stress hormone levels, heart rate and blood pressure while boosting levels of serotonin and endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators. When feeling stressed, you may become aware of the level of tension we tend to keep in our muscles, especially in our neck and shoulders.
Sensory Stress Relief
Our everyday environment is full of non-stop stimuli that can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed. The Zen Den has soft lighting (there are even flameless candles if you’d like) – notice how a subtle change in just the lighting can make you feel more relaxed compared to traditional bright and harsh fluorescent lights. Sounds can be energizing or soothing – we’ve equipped this space with a variety of audio options. There is a small fountain you can turn on if you enjoy the sounds of nature. Or, our MP3 player is loaded with liquid music or guided meditation exercises. Please use your own personal headphones or earbuds with the MP3 player.
“Stress Eraser” Biofeedback Device
Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and relaxing, especially for students who are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Slow, focused breathing signals the nervous system to calm down – it is a simple skill to use whenever you experience internal tension to help you calm your mind and relax your body. The Stress Eraser will help guide you to regulate your breathing patterns.