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How You can Smash away Anger and Frustrations in a Rage Room

What happens after someone smashes away anger and frustrations in a Rage Room?
Releasing anger and frustrations in a rage room

“That’s Amazing!”

“That was Awesome!”

These are the exclamations expressed by over 95% of the people who exit the rage room after a 25 minute session of breaking stuff.

At Simply Smashing, “a Rage Release Room” we offer recreational and therapeutic destruction of inanimate objects. Two-thirds come in just to have a great time doing what they’ve always wanted to do without consequence. The rest come in to alleviate all levels of stress from a bad day at work to a tragedy in their life. Therapists and life coaches often come in to let go of depression, anxieties, anger and frustrations. Over 60% of our patrons are women.

I had no idea how profound an experience this would be for so many people.

I’d like to share 2 stories that made a huge impression on  me…

A woman came in with her 8 year old son twice. Just 6 weeks after his father was diagnosed with cancer, he passed away. The boy was so angry and confused — pivoting between depression and acting out. Mom was dealing with her own grief and wanted to do anything she could to help her son. 

Because Simply Smashing is “a safe place to lose control”, they yelled, screamed and even cried together. They finished and came out with a huge satisfied smile on their faces.

Facing Cancer Anger and Frustrations

A woman of 28, wife, mother of two young children, found out she had untreatable, terminal cancer. She made an appointment for her and her best friend from back east, who she just picked up at the airport. Immediately afterwards, they were planning to drive up the west coast to spend what was most likely their last time together. She was handling things with so much courage and acceptance. She said the silver lining was that now she could spend the little time she had left with the people she loved, doing things she always wanted to do but had put off.

I had the honor to see what they wrote on the blackboard to cast off the remaining anger that was not welcome on their quest. It is very touching and inspiring.

Simply Smashing Rage Room Blackboard of anger

Rage Room participants write about their anger and frustrations on the blackboard.

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How to Take a 10-minute Break to Relax Your Mind

We depend on our mind to be focused to function in our daily lives, yet we ignore it. We get stressed.

In this Ted Talk, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe tells how just 10-minutes a day of relaxing your mind and thinking about nothing can help you become better focused and productive.

You know, the mind whizzes away like a washing machine going round and round, lots of difficult, confusing emotions, and we don’t really know how to deal with that. And the sad fact is that we are so distracted that we’re no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things that are most important to us, and the crazy thing is that everybody just assumes, that’s the way life is, so we’ve just kind of got to get on with it. That’s really not how it has to be…

…And the beauty of it is that even though it need only take about 10 minutes a day, it impacts our entire life. But we need to know how to do it. We need an exercise. We need a framework to learn how to be more mindful. That’s essentially what meditation is. It’s familiarizing ourselves with the present moment. But we also need to know how to approach it in the right way to get the best from it. And that’s what these are for, in case you’ve been wondering, because most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it’s quite different from that. It’s more about stepping back, sort of seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going, emotions coming and going without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind.

We have another way to de-stress – the Rage Room! It’s a safe place where you go to lose control. Release all your anxiety, anger, frustrations and STRESS!

How to Reduce Cortisol Naturally (Stress Hormone)

 

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe wants to make meditation accessible to everybody: for a happier, healthier you. 

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How To Increase the Serotonin In Your Brain [Infographic]

In our last blog post you learned that cortisol the hormone that you don’t want. It’s known as the stress hormone and we want to decrease it. Serotonin, however, is the good hormone that you want in your brain. Serotonin reduces stress. Thus, you want to increase serotonin in your brains.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences everything from your appetite to your memory, sleep cycle, sex drive and mood. It’s your body’s natural stress reliever.

This infographic from LifeHack, highlights 11 natural ways to increase serotonin levels in your brain and of course, we add the 12th!

  1. Eat more turkey
  2. Book a massage
  3. Take more B vitamins
  4. Get some sun – but be careful in the Phoenix summer heat!
  5. Take magnesium supplements – it’ll help keep you regular, too!
  6. Be more positive
  7. Reduce sugar intake – sugar’s bad all the way around!
  8. Meditate
  9. Exercise more often – we can help with that!
  10. Take more Vitamin C
  11. Practice self-care to reduce stress
  12. Smash your frustrations out in a Rage Room

Oh, one last one that they missed: eat chocolate! But, eating too much chocolate, though it makes you feel better, adds inches to your waistline and you’ll be mad at your scale. It’s better to work it off in a Rage Room.

How To Increase the Serotonin In Your Brain [Infographic]

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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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How to Relieve Stress in a Few Minutes in a Rage Room!

What could be your reason for going to a Rage Room? Stress? Anger? Frustrations?

Check out this video from Attn: Video. We’re featured in it! Literally relieve Stress in a just a few minutes!

  • Boyfriend/girlfriend left you
  • You can’t stand your boss/teacher
  • ____(some office equipment or vehicle) broke down
  • You just lost your job
  • You didn’t get the sale
  • Not so amicable divorce
  • Your team lost
  • Fill in the blank________ (comment below)
  • You’re in a high-stress job

We all have stressors in life. Simply Smashing Rage Room is a safe place to lose control.

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21 Things to do to get a Better Night’s Sleep

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep you risk some serious health issues. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute…

Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

It also makes you gain weight!

In infographic below from LifeHack.org, are 21 things you can do to improve your sleep.

Here are the top 10 things that worked for me. I now get a solid 8 hours most every night.

  1. Start dimming your lights about 2 hours before bedtime.
  2. Use a night-dimmer if you must read on your phone or tablet so you don’t have the blue light that keeps you up.
  3. Do not drink caffeine after 2 pm.
  4. Don’t drink alcohol 1 hour before bed.
  5. Don’t exercise heavily right before bed. Do yoga stretches before going to sleep to relax you.
  6. Drink chamomile tea.
  7. Remove the TV from the bedroom. I don’t miss it at all.
  8. No business or work after 8 pm. Period. It can wait till the morning. Keep a pen and notepad on your nightstand in case you get a brilliant idea. But try to start chilling 1 hour before bed.
  9. Take calcium, potassium, melatonin and magnesium supplements before bed.
  10. Block your eyes from any light. Use a night mask or bandana. The body starts creating melatonin in the dark.

There’s also a cool sleep app — Sleep Cycle — to download on your phone and place it on the nightstand. It’ll monitor your sleep.

21 Things to do to get a Better Night's Sleep

If stress and frustrations are keeping you awake, you’ll soon have a safe place to lose control! 

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By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and teacher.

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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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What You Need to Do to Stop Multitasking

In the last 2 blog posts we talked about why multitasking is bad and some tips on focusing on what you need to get done.

Here we list 13 things that you can do to start Single-Tasking instead of Multitasking:

  1. Eat breakfast without checking your phone, watching the news or reading the paper.
  2. Simply sit and observe when you’re on the train, bus, or in a waiting room.
  3. Watch a movie from start to finish without distractions.
  4. Listen to an album all the way through.
  5. Focus on the art of listening instead of talking.
  6. Capture to-dos in a notebook instead of multitasking.
  7. Have a morning ritual.
  8. Divide your tasks into 20 minute intervals.
  9. Declutter your workspace.
  10. Detox from technology one day a week. (You do need at least one day of rest a week. Disconnect!)
  11. Check your phone/emails at designated times of the day.
  12. Slow down your evening with a night ritual. Start shutting off lights one hour before bed and stay off the phone, computer or tablet.
  13.  Keep one browser window open at a time when online.

These might sound difficult for you to do, but if you start implementing at lease a few of them at a time, you’ll see that you’ll be more focused and productive.

Everybody has times of stress. It’s part of life. Thankfully, we’re going to have a fun solution to the need to de-stress very soon in Tempe: Simply Smashing Rage Room! 

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The above list is based on Jo Chunyan’s article. 

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What are the Origins of the Greek Tradition of Smashing Plates?

It’s a classic scene at a Greek Restaurant or Wedding — smashing plates.

How did the tradition of smashing plates get started?

In ancient and medieval times, it may stem from a practice of ritually “killing” the ceramic vessels used for feasts commemorating the dead.1

It also may have been a way for the wealthy to show off by breaking dishes in the fireplace instead of washing and reusing them.

Breaking plates can also be a symbol of anger, and the sound of shattering crockery is a classic part of domestic disturbances.1 The shattering noise was said to drive away evil spirits or unwanted guests.

Smashing plates in modern culture

When visiting Greece, a tourist might expect to see plate smashing at a restaurant or night club. Unfortunately, due to the cost of replacing the plates, the custom is banned. However, it does happen occasionally, especially at weddings. In those cases, the plates smashed are ceramic, which are less expensive and the party has to buy then in advance!2

Here’s a video of a Greek Wedding Smashing Plates Dance

Now, Rage Rooms are reviving the old tradition of smashing plates to release anger, stress and frustrations. At Simply Smashing Rage Release Room, we’ll provide the plates. You can even write whatever’s bothering you on the plates before you smash them. You’ll come out feeling great! Moreover, you don’t have to clean up or replace them! We’ve got you covered!

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  1. Why do Greeks break plates?
  2. Plate Smashing Wikipedia

Top photo: screen shot from wedding video.

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Stressed Now? 5 Steps for a More Peaceful Life…

Does this sound like a stressed-out you?

“I have a million things going on right now”
“There is so much to do and not enough time”
“I haven’t slept in days”
“I have a million things going on right now”
“There is so much to do and not enough time”
“I haven’t slept in days”

Does it feel like you’re stressed out every day?

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. Cortisol is the main hormone produced as a way for the body to manage stress and excitement. When the body is continually pumped up with cortisol it can wreak havoc in our bodies. Here are some of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Waking up in the night
  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Midday Fatigue
  • Craving sweet and salty foods
  • Weakened immunities to colds and infections
  • Diminished Sex Drive
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength

Whether it’s added work, changes at home, or problems with scheduling-there are times that stress cannot be avoided. When stress is chronic, it can create more problematic health issues. Here are some things you can do to reduce stress:

  1. Deep breathing: Stop and take a few deep breaths. This activates the relaxation response in your brain. Deep and full breaths are a quick way to reduce the stress and the release of cortisol. Sit in a quiet space, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing through the nose for 5 counts.
  2. Learn to say “No”: If you’ve added too much onto your plate, you need to say “no”. It’s a no brainer that added responsibilities and taking on more will lead to more stress. Stick to your limits. Learn to say ‘no’ whether it’s in your personal or professional life. Protect your time.
  3. Take a break: Get outside and connect with nature. The natural outdoors counters our high-tech life. Working in urban environments keep us further from natural surroundings. You can lower stress by reconnecting with the great outdoors.
  4. Take Control: If work overload is an issue look to delegating items you can take off your list. Control your calendar by blocking out chunks of time to work on projects.
  5. Look for an Expert: Go get the help you need. Head over to Simply Smashing Rage Release Room and release your stress, find a guru for meditation, or an expert in productivity. Seek to get the help you need to lower your stress and stay healthy.

About the Author:

Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach, with Wave Productivity and works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. Call 602-677-8275 or email margo@waveproductivity.com for an appointment.

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