New ‘chill room’ helps students with anxiety

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JENNINGS COUNTY — A new “chill room” has been installed at Jennings County High School to help students who struggle with anxiety and sensory overload.

The “chill room” was created by teachers Charlinda Evans and Karen Chilman to create a calming atmosphere for students to go to during their lunch or free period to get away from the stress of school and technology.

It has been labeled a “no phone zone” so students can get a break from the strain of social media.

The teachers who run the “chill room” have been trained in mindfulness to help students “de-stress” in a natural way.

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The room has dim lighting, calming music, weighted blankets, yoga mats and art supplies for students to utilize when they go there.

“I have tried the de-stress with my buddies and we appreciated the chance to feel safe and to get away from the things we face every day, said Jennings High School senior Kylee Kirchner

For now, the “chill room” is only available during lunch period, but if enough students use it during lunch, the goal is for the room to be open for access at any time in the school day.