Sensory room part of self-care

A new sensory-friendly room at Eight Mile Plains is giving Hub customers a quiet space to relax and re-connect. 

Disability Support Worker Alexandra established the Sensory Room as a space away from noise and distractions. 

‘It’s a chill-out room where customers can choose to sit in on a program featuring meditation music, the sensory delight of essential oils filling the room and soft lighting,” Alexandra said. 

The room is also supporting customers experiencing sensory overload to self-regulate. Self-regulation helps  manage big emotions and impulses as a result of overstimulation from noise or crowds, for example. 

Alexandra said the room had proven important to the Hub and its customers. 

“Whether through following the breath, listening to guided imagery, listening to the sounds of ethereal music, or simply sitting in silence, customers appear to become calm and content,” she said. 

The aim is that the room will be an ongoing space for customers to go when they feel overwhelmed, need time out or simply want to join in the meditation programs. 

Alexandra said self-care through meditation could become part of everyone’s daily routine. 

“Listening to meditation music has been proven to lower stress; it helps quiet a busy mind and allows us to connect to our bodies," she said. 

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