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UTMB Opens Zen Rooms to Alleviate Stress

June 01, 2022

UTMB Opens Zen Rooms to Alleviate Stress

UTMB’s League City and Galveston campuses unveiled two new Zen Rooms, which are quiet spaces that promote mindfulness and invite health care workers to de-stress.

Nurses and clinical staff struggle with a heavy workload and emotional drain, but they struggled even more through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the United States, 54% of clinical staff report feeling burnt out. That leads to a high risk of medical error or staff quitting their jobs. The Zen Room is a safe space for nurses to decompress and to gather themselves. Space was found for the League City Zen Room on the second floor in one of the hospital’s medical surgical units. The dedicated room is quiet with dim lights and soothing blue walls. Aromatherapy, a sound machine, yoga mats, and a massage chair provide relaxation. A massive, blank coloring book page offers another mindfulness option. The 6-ft by 7-ft abstract image invites doodling, coloring, and a few moments of focused calm. On the Galveston Campus, the
new Zen Room was unveiled at Jennie Sealy Hospital. The calming room is a space for health care workers to decompress and re-center in a peaceful environment of natural colors, shapes, and vibes that are in tune with the earth. Funded by a grant from the UTMB President’s Cabinet, the Jennie Sealy Zen Room is open to staff who need time to stop and breathe, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It features a massage chair, small air plants, a rock garden, and a rug made of rope to emphasize natural elements. The unveiling of the two Zen Rooms coincided with Health System & Nurses Week, an annual week of recognition of UTMB’s hospital and nursing staff.
   —Please see https://www.utmb.edu/utmb/news-article/utmb-news/2022/05/13/zen-room-opens-at-utmb-league-city-campus-to-help-alleviate-staff-stress for the complete press release.