Archive for Reducing Stress

What Makes You Anxious?

What makes you anxious?

In today’s fast paced world, we have more sources of stress than ever. Between work, social life, education, finances, security, and daily challenges, it is more difficult than ever to balance these things properly.

So, do you think you are alone in feeling anxious? According to the following article, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather, Anxiety in our society is at an all time high!

As stated in an article from Time, a recent Survey found that out of 1000 adults, “39% reported being more anxious than they were at this time last year. Another 39% said they were equally anxious, while only 19% said they were less anxious than last year.”

What this shows is an ever increasing lack of ways to deal with anxiety in positive ways. Most people don’t seek professional help for their anxiety either, and end up in worse shape for it.

So what is it that makes you anxious? Can you count all the sources if you tried?

Common sources of anxiety can include:

  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Finances
  • Social Obligations
  • Politics
  • Safety
  • School
  • Worries about the Future
  • Balancing Responsibilities

Are you dealing with Anxiety? Have you found a lack of effective ways to deal with the plethora of problems today’s world poses? A lot of people are in the same boat. don’t fret, We have all felt this way at one time or another, so don’t let it overwhelm you.

At Simply Smashing, a Rage Release Room , we offer a fun and interesting way to let off negative emotions. Release these feelings with a session at Simply Smashing! If you’re like 99% of the people who participate; You will experience immediate relief and leave the room feeling exhausted and lighter with a huge smile on your face. Amazing and awesome are the 2 most common reactions when asked how it was. We provide a safe space for you to relieve anxiety by breaking dishes, bottles, electronics, and more! Don’t let these feelings build up, visit Simplysmashingrageroom.com today and book an appointment!

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Tips on how a Manager can Build a Stronger Team (Infographic)

How to Create a Stronger and More Productive Team

Team Building is an important, integral skill for any manager or leader in today’s professional space. Having a work environment that is team oriented will result in more productive employees, better project results, and happier team mates. 

Teams aren’t formed by dictatorial leaders, they are formed as the product of coaching. Coaches are leaders who involve their team, both in problem solving and workflow optimization. As it turns out, employees respond to questions and involvement much better than they respond to commands. 

A manager acting as a coach will: 

  • Ask their team questions, rather than issue demands. 
  • Involve their employees in trouble shooting, problem solving, and workplace solutions. 
  • Take interest in their employees and show that they care. 
  • Take the time to pay attention to each individual member of the team. 

This info graphic from https://blog.hubspot.com/ showcases these principals with detailed information and great examples! 

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These 11 simple changes can drastically improve workplace performance and employee morale, leading to more productivity and better results in the workplace. This is how to create a stronger and more productive team. If you want to be this kind of leader, following these few tips will help you to be a better leader and more efficient manager. 

Are you looking for more unique ways to strengthen your team through team building?

Here at Simply Smashing, A Rage Release Room we provide just that with our team building events! Let your team break glass, ceramics or a printer with a bat while listening to their favorite music. Bond over an unforgettable experience and release some stress with your team in an outing they’ll be talking about for weeks! 

 

 

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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]

Simply Smashing Rage Release Room – A Safe Place to Lose Control! 

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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

Stressed out over the holidays? Come to Simply Smashing Rage Room in Tempe & get some stress relief! 

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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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