Archive for Anger Management

Are You Tired of Feeling Angry, Resentful and Fearful?

It’s a fact, most of us feel anger, resentment and fear on a daily basis. There are healthy ways to lessen their harmful effect on us and the people we encounter (pets too). It should be noted that I am not a therapist; only someone who has experienced it along with the following exercises.

Frustrated guyFirst of all don’t beat yourself up for feeling this way. It is natural. The answer isn’t to eliminate them, it’s how we respond to them. If you can accept that; you’re halfway there.

Holding on to anger, resentment and fear too long is so very harmful to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. I learned some time ago that resentments in particular are much more detrimental and poisonous to the owner. The other people usually have no idea.  While therapy may be appropriate I want to offer a list of healthy and often much more immediate relief. 

Even a short break from the distress is most welcome.

Try these exercises to get relief from feeling angry, resentful and fearful…

  1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on long slow breaths for as little as 30 seconds. Of course longer is better. This can briefly take you away from the negative thoughts. Identify the location in your body that carries the stress. Breathe into that area. Repeat as needed. The beauty is you can make this happen while you’re stopped at a red light.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and without judgement write down in incomplete sentences or just one word the source of distress. This moves it out of the toxic mind. Determine the validity of the disturbing thought. Next to each write the word “REAL”  or “IMAGINED”. (Is it real or fake news?) Remember, our minds can lie to us. Thus conjuring the saying, “We are our own worst enemy.” This exercise may eliminate feeling overwhelmed and many of the items on your list. When complete symbolically destroy the lies and discard.
  3. Consider your life in general or reflect about today. Write down what you have to be GRATEFUL for?  For example in no specific order.
    • I have a roof over my head with running water and indoor plumbing
    • I have food in my refrigerator
    • Money in the bank
    • My ChildrenParent Child
    • My significant other
    • My Car is there for me
    • My pet
    • I live in a free country
    • I love my music
    • I love my sense of humor
    • My friends
    • My body allows me to be mobile, dance and play sports.

See if you notice a shift. This isn’t one and done. Repeat from scratch each time. I hope these few exercises give you a lighter and more satisfying presence.

Here are Simply Smashing Rage Release Room, we offer you a bit of respite from feeling angry, resentful and fearful. Click here to book a room and come and smash your frustrations away. 

 

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The Best and Fun Team Building Event for Your Employees!

Putting together Team Building Activities for your company need not be boring, ordinary, unimaginative, unstimulating and unexciting.

Remember this flashback scene from the 1999 comedy hit “Office Space“? The guys are totally frustrated with the printers not working and they have a literal field day with them!

One thing’s for sure, getting your staff together to take turns attacking pieces of office equipment like printers, fax machines, copiers, computers, etc. can be extremely beneficial to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Beat out one’s frustrations
  • Break barriers
  • Get to know your co-workers in a casual, fun atmosphere
  • Teaches you patience as you wait for your co-worker to take their turns beating on the defenseless printer

Now Here’s our Version of Team Building Activities:

How about this one…

This is Team Building, but way more fun!

We can hold events for up to 25 people in your company.

Create excitement with a unique team bonding activity
and has the following features:

  • All breakables included
  • All safety wear provided.
  • Speakers in every room to synch to your favorite music.
  • Chalk board in each room.
  • Team building/party room available for meetings, food and drink.

As one manager stated.

“We not only had a great time but, our team has been talking about it nonstop. They came back to work feeling rejuvenated, energetic and connected.”

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Why are We so Angry & What Can We Do About it?

In an article on StatesboroHerald.com, writer 

The shooting of a U.S. congressman this summer by a man described as “always angry” reminded Americans that while anger is a biological necessity, it can rapidly morph from a life-preserving force to a deadly one.

Unrestrained anger causes some to murder people they profess to love, such as the Draper man who shot Memorez Rackley and her son. It compels people to set police cars on fire, to chase drivers who accidentally cut them off in traffic, and to pelt store clerks with avocados. It causes politicians to body slam reporters, as happened in Montana in May.

And it’s anger, not religion or politics, that is the root cause of terrorism across the globe, says one neuroscientist who has studied why anger causes people to become violent.

“It’s a huge problem, and it’s a growing problem,” said R. Douglas Fields of Bethesda, Maryland, author of “Why We Snap, Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.”

In a survey conducted by Esquire and NBC News last year, roughly half of Americans said they’re angrier than they used to be, and nearly 7 out of 10 said they’re angered by something in the news at least once a day. The National Institutes of Health says more than 16 million Americans have a condition called intermittent explosive disorder, in which people get angry out of proportion with the circumstance…

Why we get angry

Anger begins with a threat, real or imagined, that is detected by a part of the brain called the amygdala. Only about a half-inch long, the amygdala is on high alert even when we’re busy or distracted, and it’s so sensitive that even a picture of person who is frowning can set off a chain of reactions designed to protect us and our families from harm.

Adrenalin, cortisol and testosterone flood the body, giving us energy and focus, and fueling aggression. Blood races through the body, our breathing grows shallow and fast, and our heart pounds, preparing us for a fight. Even our facial expressions — narrowed eyes and a scowl — warn other people to back off.

The rapid-fire impulse to react to serious threats is what enabled human beings to survive in ancient times, said Fields, the neuroscientist in Maryland.

Does a Rage Room Work?

Why are We so Angry & What Can We Do About it? …if you’re struggling with anger issues of your own, stay away from other angry people, particularly on the internet. One 2013 study found that people who read online rants for five minutes became angrier themselves.

For anger that has another underlying cause, such as depression, a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (such as Prozac) can help, as does cognitive behavioral therapy, Potegal said.

If all fails, try an anger room, which is safe, and if nothing else, entertaining. At Tantrums in Houston, Baker will custom-design a room with images of things, or even people, who make you mad. In November, she prepared one room with mannequins that looked like candidates Hillary Clinton and Trump. Everything was smashed by the time the customer left the room.

Well, we’ve got a Rage Room coming soon in Tempe. It’ll be a fun place where you can let go and smash your frustrations away.

However, not all anger issues can be fixed in a Rage Room. With that in mind, we’ve complied a list of local Phoenix Area Stress and Anger Management Therapists. The list is not conclusive, it’s random, and we don’t endorse any one on it, nor are we affiliated with any of them. If you’d like to be added to the list, please provide the name of your clinic and website in the comments below.

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Do the Holidays have You Stressed Out? Here are 9 Tips to Help

It’s the most stressful time of the year! The Holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Winter Solstice, between parties, cooking, gift buying, family coming, bad weather and holiday traveling, it can get stressful.

In this infographic from Noomii.com, we share 8 tips to reduce stress during the holidays and we’ve added a 9th!

#9: Come to Simply Smashing Rage Room! We’ve got Christmas ornaments you can smash and relieve your holiday stress! 

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Do the Holidays have You Stressed Out? Here are 9 Tips to Help

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Atlanta’s ‘The Break Room’ is all the Rage!

Here is a different type of “Break Room”!

“Ever get so mad you want to break something?”

Everyone does at one point or another.

A Rage Room is the place to let out your frustrations.

This news clip highlights the new Break Room in Atlanta. Check out the fun!

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Video: When You are Stressed, Try These Tips to Manage it

Today’s lifestyle includes stress – it’s a fact and a part of life. It’s how we handle it that makes the difference. Living in a stressed out state is unhealthy.

This video from “Brainsmart” (BBC) shows you 6 things you can do when you’re stressed.

  1. Get plenty of exercise
  2. Get in control
  3. Don’t stress alone
  4. Laugh
  5. Get down with nature
  6. Find something else to do instead of worrying!

Like going to the Rage Room – you can get plenty of exercise and release that stress in one visit! We’ll be open soon in Tempe!

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Stop Multitasking! You Can Train Your Brain to Focus

Did you know that you could train your brain like a muscle? Yes. These exercises can help you focus and become more productive! 

Here are some effective ways to fight distractions that will help you focus more on what you need to get done:

  1. Listen to music while you work. My mom used to wonder how I could listen to rock and roll music and do my homework at the same time. It has to do with the release of dopamine to your brain. Positive moods help you focus more.
  2. Train your mind like a muscle. Turn off the distractions for a certain amount of time. That email doesn’t need to be addressed immediately! If the phone rings, let them leave a message. If they really want to reach you, they will.
  3. Watch your coffee intake. Yes, caffeine helps you to be alert, but you only need 6 oz. of coffee. Any more can cause anxiousness.

Check out this infographic from CareerBliss with details on how to focus better:

Stop Multitasking! You Can Train Your Brain to Focus -infographic Simply Smashing Rage Room

Next time: Mindfulness!

And in case you missed it the first part of this series: Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [Infographic]

Being stressed out and anxious gets you nowhere! When you feel frustrated, come to the Rage Room and let it out!

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What’s up with the Latest in Anger Management: The Rage Room

Call it what you wish: Anger Room, Rage Room, Breaking Room, Smashing Room – it’s the newest craze. They are in Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and soon in Tempe, AZ!

This segment from CBS NY News highlights the Dallas Anger Room. She’s planning to open in NYC.

So, is an Anger or Rage Room for you?

If you work in one of these high-stress jobs – absolutely! We’ll be open most evenings and weekends so you can come to a safe place to lose control.

If you’re a college student faced with a demanding class schedule and exams, come on in to let go of your frustrations. Why do you think we’re opening in Tempe?

If you’re a mom or a teacher dealing with rowdy kids day in and day out, this is the place to release all your stress. You can even have a party with your friends!

We’re opening soon in Tempe, so join our list to get a special invite to the grand opening! 

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How to Handle Anger: 5 Dos and Don’ts [Infographic]

We all get angry at people, situations, the news, politicians and life in general. How you handle your anger makes the difference. There are some things that are beyond your control and you have to face it. But when your anger is with a person, there are a few things you can do: both good and bad.

Here are 5 Dos and Don’ts from CounselingRecovery.com on how to handle your anger.

How to Handle Anger: 5 Dos and Don'ts {infographic]

We can absolutely help with the #4 “Do”! A Rage Room is a healthy outlet to express your frustrations. It’s a room where you can lose control by breaking stuff.

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