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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 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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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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Video: Choose to Be Healthy: How to Reduce Stress at Work

Any work environment where the employees are stressed is not a healthy working environment. Given there are some stressful occupations, but it’s up to management to figure our how to reduce stress at work.

  • stress affects workers physically
  • 50% of work-related stress causes serious health issues
  • 80% can lead to long-term, chronic illnesses
  • stress has a financial cost on businesses
  • healthcare costs have risen dramatically partly because of increased stressful lifestyles

In this video,certified healthy lifestyle & wellness coach John Fenton talks about what employers can do to reduce stress at work:


You can…

  • hire a healthy and wellness coach – which might get a bit costly
  • find a good work-life “fit”
  • choose to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle

AND you can visit a Rage Room! It’s a place where you can go an break stuff and release all your stress, frustrations and anxieties!

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Stop Multitasking! You Can Train Your Brain to Focus

Did you know that you could train your brain like a muscle? Yes. These exercises can help you focus and become more productive! 

Here are some effective ways to fight distractions that will help you focus more on what you need to get done:

  1. Listen to music while you work. My mom used to wonder how I could listen to rock and roll music and do my homework at the same time. It has to do with the release of dopamine to your brain. Positive moods help you focus more.
  2. Train your mind like a muscle. Turn off the distractions for a certain amount of time. That email doesn’t need to be addressed immediately! If the phone rings, let them leave a message. If they really want to reach you, they will.
  3. Watch your coffee intake. Yes, caffeine helps you to be alert, but you only need 6 oz. of coffee. Any more can cause anxiousness.

Check out this infographic from CareerBliss with details on how to focus better:

Stop Multitasking! You Can Train Your Brain to Focus -infographic Simply Smashing Rage Room

Next time: Mindfulness!

And in case you missed it the first part of this series: Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [Infographic]

Being stressed out and anxious gets you nowhere! When you feel frustrated, come to the Rage Room and let it out!

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