“Deep relaxation, like meditation, when practiced regularly not only relieves stress and anxiety, but also is shown to improve mood. Deep relaxation has many other potential benefits as well—it can decrease blood pressure, relieve pain, and improve your immune and cardiovascular systems.” 1
Relaxation spaces can be found at various locations on campus. These spaces provide a place in which students can practice multiple relaxation and stress reduction techniques in order to foster academic success and a sense of well-being. Relaxation spaces are meant to be quiet spaces, outside of students’ rooms, and can be used as a quiet study place, as well as a place to simply slow down, decompress, and meditate.
Relaxation spaces consist of soft seating, fidget toys, white noise/sound machines, and puzzles.
Residential Hall Quiet Spaces
- Gallagher 202
- Hooper 209
- Welsh 305 (available Spring 2019)
Additional quiet spaces on campus
ACE - Meditation Room (JR233; available M-F, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p. m.)
Counseling Center (Mary Fisher Hall) - Meditation Room (Available M – F, at times to be announced when new Counseling Center opens in January, 2019)
Campus Chapel – Available when no scheduled events are taking place
Wellness Center - Fireside Hall, 1st floor available from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
First Year Village - Each floor in the residence halls has a study room.
- Athenaeum – The library has two quiet floors (Level 2 and 4); additionally, students
can reserve a study carrel on the quiet floors to complete assignments:
Library Study Carrel/Locker Sets
The carrels on the Quiet Floors, Stack Levels 2 and 4, are available for students to rent for the semester or academic year. Each individually-labeled carrel is paired with a locker placed nearby in the stacks, in which the student may place signed-out library books, text books, notebooks, and other study supplies. The rental fee is $10 for the year, $5 of which is returned to the student upon the return of our padlock key. Carrels and lockers are available on a first come-first served basis. If provision of a carrel is approved as an accommodation by the Office of Accessibility Services, the fee will be waived.
1. Benson H, Casey A, Dadoly A, et al., eds. Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report. Boston, MA: Harvard Medical School; 2008.