Stress creeps in more often than we’d like. Sometimes it comes from what’s expected of us in school or work. Sometimes it comes from things going on in your personal life. Sometimes you can’t even really nail down where the stress is coming from. You just know it’s there. Wherever the stress is coming from, sometimes you just need a place to go to get away, even if only for a short time.

It can seem like your options are limited though, right? If you’re in the library, you can’t catch your breath there, because it isn’t quite quiet enough and on the quiet floors breathing at all seems like a disturbance. (And don’t even think about bringing a snack down there.)

Maybe you could go back to your dorm or apartment, crossing your fingers as you walk there with the (totally well intended) hope that your roommates aren’t home.

You could try and go to any number of places on Grounds, but how likely will it be that you’ll run into a friend who will want to strike up a conversation? Or a tour group will come right by your spot? Or any other number of possible interruptions that on a normal day would be welcomed, but in that moment of searching for seclusion, it feels like the marching band is practicing around you.

Where can you actually find a place on Grounds to sit quietly, have a moment to yourself undisturbed, and put tending to your wellness at the top of your list of things to do?

The Women’s Center has what you’re looking for. Thanks to a generous donation from the U.Va. Women’s Club, the Women’s Center was able to create the “Room to Breathe.” This room, prepped with a stress-relieving finger labyrinth, noise machine, books, and chocolate, is a resource for students to utilize whenever they need that moment of privacy, safety, and quiet. With plenty of books, comfortable seating, and a calming ambiance, it’s a truly relaxing place to sit and decompress. There’s no need to make an appointment, just come in when you need it. All we ask is that you tell us how long you used the room on our sign-in sheet, so that we can note how often and for how long the room is being used.

Entire room Labyrinth plusDove Chocolateikea chair