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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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Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress in the workplace can drain the energy out of the office, greatly reduce productivity and increase illness and absenteeism. 

Stress Symptoms in the Workplace Include:Man, Employee, Office, Manager, Good, Morning

  • waning energy
  • fatigue
  • burnout
  • job resentment
  • cynicism
  • Negativity

Do we accept this as the typical cycle of work life?

As the leader of your team, what can you do to either prevent or stem the tide before it becomes unmanageable? 

Beyond some of the obvious sources of this stress, there are more clandestine causes to consider.

Sarah Torres-Ferrick a human resources expert at HR Circle Online identifies the following causes.

  1. Conflicting and unclear demands from the boss. In my early career I recall times that I was given an assignment that I didn’t fully understand and not wanting to appear less than inadequate; said nothing.
    Bosses need to be as specific as possible and ask the employee how they plan to proceed and invite them to trust their own skills; giving them decision-making control. Assure them that your door is open and there are no “dumb” questions. This alone can avoid so much anxiety and pain for everyone.
  2. Exorbitant work loads. It has become common to tackle company functions with less than adequate staff due to attrition or budget restraints or increased business. While adding staff may appear costly, it may end up costing more due to decreased productivity in the long run. A very effective strategy is to review all the employees responsibilities to gain a comprehensive understanding of their workload. This may enlighten you as to the overwhelming responsibilities whether real or perceived. 

The key is to prioritize their duties, remove unproductive tasks when possible, and when appropriate implement a more efficient approach to certain assignments. Reducing the workload can greatly improve attitude and productivity.

Next time we’ll discuss Work-Life Balance and granting certain Decision-Making Control.

It’s time to schedule a team-building event at Simply  Smashing Rage Room! Click here for details or give us a call at (602) 909-1996

 

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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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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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What Are the Benefits of Team Building Activities? [Infographic]

Managing a team of varied personalities in an office environment is sometimes like herding cats. As a business owner or manager, getting everyone to follow one gameplan or even play in the same ballpark is a challenge. Team building exercises are touted to help in a variety of ways:

  • Improves morale and leadership skills
  • Breaks down barriers and boundaries both culturally and hierarchical
  • Clearly defines objectives and goals
  • Improves productivity
  • Reveals strengths and weaknesses
  • Improves problem solving capabilities
  • Clarifies processes and procedures
  • Improves communications
  • Develops team roles

Benefits of team building activities

Team Building Activities should not be Corporate

team building printer smashThe most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal  allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.

David Tam, for Forbes Magazine. (Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianscudamore/2016/03/09/why-team-building-is-the-most-important-investment-youll-make/#51177857617f)

Here’s a video of a team corporate event at Simply Smashing Rage Room taking out frustrations on a poor defenseless printer:

Team building duoThat Forbes article also suggests…

  • Ditch the company picnic – (talk about lame)
  • It’s not a splurge, it’s an important investment to make for your people.
  • Keep the positive energy going at the office

A team building event at Simply Smashing Rage Room in Tempe is definitely not another day at the office!

  • Having fun is an important component of good team-bonding events.
  • It’s a great way to recharge and refresh and turbo-charge motivation.
  • It also increases employee retention when you have regular outings to smash some office equipment.

The 4 C’s of Good Team Function:

  1. Communication
  2. Collaboration
  3. Commitment
  4. Culture

Business owners and managers, it’s up to you to maintain good, positive communications, collaborations, commitments and culture in your company.

What are you waiting for? Click here to book your next team building event at Simply Smashing!

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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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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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