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The Zen Den: Supporting students’ mental health and well-being

Promoting mental health and well-being is essential, particularly on a college campus where life stressors can impact students’ academic success. North Central is dedicated to supporting students through the introduction of the Zen Den, a serene space on campus designed for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Discover North Central’s Zen Den

Located in the Tutoring & Testing Center, the Zen Den is a tranquil oasis available to all students. Thirty-minute appointments can be easily booked online through the student portal, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.

Zen Den Features

The Zen Den is thoughtfully designed to provide a calming environment, featuring soothing wall and window treatments and adjustable lighting levels ranging from natural sunlight to complete darkness.

Enhance your relaxation experience:
  • Massage Chair: Enjoy the luxury of a massage chair equipped with heat options and various speeds for a full-body massage, including the feet.
  • Breathing Bear: Utilize the Breathing Bear to practice the 4/7/8 breathing cycle, which aids in improving focus, enhancing meditation, reducing stress and anxiety, and building moment-to-moment awareness. The Breathing Bear also includes seven soothing nature sounds and seven eye-friendly colored night lights to create a safe, soothing, relaxing environment.
  • Cubbies: Explore our cubbies filled with puzzles, books on mindfulness and inspiration, journals, coloring books and pencils, fidgets, cards, and more.
  • Yoga Mat: A yoga mat is available for stretching out, accompanied by a poster illustrating various yoga poses to help you relax.
  • Sound Machine: Enjoy calming white noise, including ocean sounds, rain, thunderstorms, and night sounds.
  • Special Lighting: Experience light therapy to combat our long Michigan winters.

Explore the Zen Den

Explore the tranquil features of the Zen Den through our photo gallery and discover your new favorite spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • Photo of massage chair in the Zen Den
  • Photo of massage chair in the Zen Den
  • Photo of massage chair in the Zen Den
  • Photo of table with a journal, light therapy lamp, and puzzle
  • Photo of console table with cubbies containing journals, coloring books, fidgets, puzzles, and books
  • Photo of table with a journal, light therapy lamp, and puzzle
  • Photo of purple bear 4-7-8 breathing light

Book your appointment today!

Take advantage of the Zen Den to unwind, practice self-reflection, and develop valuable coping skills. Whether you need a quick nap or a moment of peace, the Zen Den is here to support your mental well-being. Book your 30-minute appointment today through the NC portal and start your journey toward relaxation and focus.

Book a Zen Den Session!