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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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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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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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Channel 12’s Brian West Smashes Away what makes Him Angry

Brian West, from Channel 12’s Morning Show came by to smash away what makes him angry.

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3 Things That You’ve Gotta Know About Rage Rooms – from The List TV

Life can get stressful and stress can make you mad. You could do yoga, or, go for a run – but does anything feel as good as letting your anger out with good, old-fashioned rage? Now, we’re not saying you should throw a coffee mug at a coworker if you get mad at work – you can throw things around things at an anger room. These stress-relieving rooms are becoming more and more popular, and Teresa Strasser’s showing you why.

Also known as anger rooms, these palaces built for smashing have been around since the late 2000’s, and ever since, people have been flocking to put on visors and overalls and get to letting out their inner frustrations with the help of some organized destruction.

Well, don’t walk in and start smashing the front desk, but once you get into your rage release room, you’ll be able to break things however you want – smash them against walls, take a bat to them, yell, scream, whatever feels best for letting out those angry feelings.

While you shouldn’t consider anger rooms your go-to method for stress therapy, there’s nothing wrong with periodically tapping into your primal, breaking urges. So, visit an anger room near you today to get hardcore with your stress relief.

This post originally appeared on The List

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Cory McCloskey of Fox 10 Phoenix at Simply Smashing Rage Room

Fox 10 Phoenix’s Morning show weather guy, Cory McCloskey, tried out the latest craze in the Valley, Simply Smashing Rage Room.

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Video: AZ Family’s Yetta Gibson Tries Out the New Rage Room in Tempe

KPHO Channel 5/AZ Family’s Yetta Gibson releases some stress at Arizona’s first Rage Room!

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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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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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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!

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