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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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Does Your Office Technology Frustrate You? [Infographic]

Today’s daily life stress and frustrations can come from many places, both at home and at work. One common cause of frustrations is Technology, and the stress it causes can really derail your day. Small frustrations can be ignored, but frequent Technology frustrations can add up over time and cause you more stress than you know…

This Infographic from Asurion.com shows just how Frustrating Technology can be….


Does Technology frustrate you.

frustrated with technologySo, if your office tech has you frustrated, don’t punch your laptop! Come by Simply Smashing in Tempe today and smash away your frustrations by booking an appointment in one of our Rage Rooms!

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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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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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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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ABC Channel 15 Came by to do a Facebook Live Video

This was our first Facebook Live Video thanks to Josh David of ABC Channel 15!

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