By Gwyneth Allred
A pat on the back accompanied by the words “It’s okay, let it all out” is often the best help a friend can give to someone who is crying because of sadness or depression. However, when someone is full of rage, the last thing you would encourage them to do would be to let all of that anger out, right? Not anymore.
“Rage rooms” are traveling the country, from exercise studios to big corporations. These are rooms where you pay to go in and destroy whatever you see, scream at the top of your lungs, and take a weapon of choice to sofas or lamps. This gives a whole new definition to the “break room” right? If you go online to the website angerroom.com, you can choose from three different packages: “I need a break” (5 min), “Lash Out” (15 min), or “Demolition” (25).
But weren’t we taught that temper tantrums are for children and that adults know better than to lose it like this? Well, yes and no. If someone let loose like this spontaneously and started smashing things and cursing that would be inappropriate, but to do it in a controlled environment where everything is there FOR you to destroy is actually anxiety and stress relieving. It is serving as an incredible way to let it all out and then return to work, school, or whatever with a cleared mind.
That surge of anger you feel when your computer freezes and takes 10 whole minutes to reboot? Let it out in the anger room! You were late to work and were yelled at by the boss? Let it out in the anger room! You have the biggest project of your life coming up and re filled with dread and anxiety about it? Let it out in the anger room!
Raging is all the rage now, and I am particularly excited about this new form of stress relief. Are you?