Student Mental Health - Wellness Lounge
The 'Zen Zone' Hangout is a peaceful, calm, and quiet retreat where students can drop-in to relax and destress at lunch. The 'Zen Zone' Hangout is located in the HMS Wellness Lounge. Doors open at 12:35 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday. Students can participate in optional mindfulness activities such as breathing exercises, meditation and yoga, as well as activities that reduce stress and increase calm (pleasure reading, journaling, drawing, puzzles, zen sand tray play, origami, quiet games) while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature with zen music on our oversized screen.
Mrs. Gonzalez, School Counselor and Wellness Hangout AdvisorNamaste
Students will be able to enjoy an immersive experience of mindfulness in our new and innovative pods which are located in our Wellness Lounge and Literacy Lab. Students will use noise canceling headphones along with an iPad & Wellness Experiences designed to reduce stress and anxiety by placing focus on “being,” rather than doing. The Wellness Experiences will help cultivate inner peace and relaxation so students can return to the classroom with renewed attention spans, a sense of calm, and are ready to learn.
The Mindfulness Pod’s Immersive Experiences Include:
- Breathing & Relaxation Exercises
- Building Gratitude Habits
- Sound Baths To Reduce Stress & Tension
- Guided Meditations
- The Virtual Outdoors
- Developing Coping Strategies
- Creating Inner Calm Through Art
- Self-Regulation Practices
The Wellness Lounge will be enhancing its space by adding an additional area for individual or small group counseling.
During the lunchtime Zen Zone Hangout, the space will also serve as a Mindfulness Studio where up to 4 students at a time, can immerse themselves in mindful practices such as breathing and relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and Zen sounds for stress reduction.