All the Rage or a Recipe for Disaster: A Closer Look at Rage Rooms

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All the Rage or a Recipe for Disaster: A Closer Look at Rage Rooms

(AscendHealthy.com) – Sometimes anger can fester and build, leading to an uneasy outburst that leaves behind regret and disappointment. Lashing out when those feelings arise can do more harm than good. Learning ways to manage pent-up anger can really improve life relationships.

What about a rage room or scream room visit? Is it the best way to release anger? Or are there better ways to manage emotions? Let’s explore.

What Is a Rage Room?

There’s a new concept out there for people struggling with underlying anger, frustration and stress. It’s called a rage room. Also referred to as a smash room, it’s a safe space to let out unsettling thoughts and feelings.

Most setups duplicate real-life atmospheres, such as a living room, and allow visitors to smash or destroy things like furniture or televisions safely. The breaking of structures or glass can generate a therapeutic effect for some and may help satisfy unstable emotions. Think of it as a real-life punching bag.

Let It Out!

Some smash rooms also feature scream rooms, as well. Other places worldwide offer sound-proof rooms where people can go and scream or make noise to release anger, frustration, grief, annoyance, joy, or whatever emotion may be driving them. Like rage rooms, scream rooms provide a temporary outlet in a safe environment, free from consequence. But is it healthy?

Is It a Healthy Outlet?

Is a rage or scream room a healthy option? Letting out all that anger and bashing windows and chairs or screaming and making a cacophony of noise may seem like a good release of tension in the moment. But it may teach some people potentially hazardous coping techniques. For example, people can’t break plates or smash a table every time they’re angry. They also can’t scream at others with impunity. When rage or scream rooms are viewed as a fun outlet as opposed to a coping mechanism, these types of activities might be okay every once in a while.

But as enjoyable as rage rooms are, they only offer temporary relief. It may be necessary for people with chronic anger issues to find deeper, more transformative coping techniques to address root causes.

Are There Risks Involved?

Those who partake in smash or scream room activities may not be mad as they walk into the facility. But even in a calm mood, the ambiance in a rage room is high-energy, potentially causing feelings of anxiety and anger to spike.

Getting pumped up while smashing things or screaming can stir up feelings of rage, leading to an increase in heart rate, adrenaline levels and blood pressure. For those with underlying medical problems, it might pose a health risk.

Other Alternatives

Visiting a smash or scream room might be a fun activity and a way to let off some steam, but it’s not a substitute for healthy anger management. Learning positive ways to deal with anger and stress is important. Here are some good alternatives:

  • Meditating
  • Practicing yoga
  • Focusing on gratitude
  • Following a well-balanced diet
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Exercising
  • Calling a friend

Anyone who’s dealing with chronic anger or stress might also want to consider therapy to learn to cope with their emotions.

Anger is a natural human emotion, but it can leave a destructive wake in its path. People may feel a temporary emotional release from visiting a rage room, but it may not provide lasting anger control. Using several coping methods may be the best way to lead a positive, happy and calm life. It might take some introspection, practice and perseverance, but the change will open doors and mold relationships now and for years to come.

~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension

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