It's one of those days, and you feel like banging your head against a wall. Why not bang a mallet on an old, broken TV set instead?
In what could be seen as a sign of the times, "rage rooms" are popping up around the country to let us take out our rage on inanimate objects using crowbars, bats and other weaponry. Here is what it looks like, courtesy of the fine folks at Rage Room Chicago.
I'll admit, I'm more of a yoga person myself. Or I'll go for a nice run and let the endorphins kick in whenever I'm feeling upset, or nervous. It works for me. Smashing dinner plates with a sledgehammer in a paint-smattered room isn't something I've remotely thought about, or pondered as a workplace perk. Whenever I think of sledgehammers, I think of the Peter Gabriel song, which has a steady bass beat for smashing stuff.
A Smash Hit?
Only a few years ago, the hot, new trend was toward escape rooms, where a team uses its problem-solving skills to emerge from a locked room together. Escape rooms are still around and doing their best to keep teams stuck inside, trying to find the escape hatch. In the times we're living through, however, trying to find the escape hatch only adds to the internal stress we might already feel between Trump tweets. We're cranky, we're divided, we're waiting for the next shoe to drop, and we need a singular outlet where we won't have to think very hard. When everything feels so uncertain, we crave certainty. Smashing old light bulbs with a two-by-four has a pretty certain outcome.
I hope I've hit the nail on the head here.
Mental health professionals warn that as good as it might feel to take out our rage on an old toaster oven, it is not a replacement for dealing with our stress and anxiety. Buying tickets to work out our rage issues with a hammer might not be cheap depending on our monthly budget, either. As Marketwatch.com reports:
The Chicago facility featured in the Tribune piece requires a $15 get-in price and then charges customers per smashed item. Like at the Escapades Chicago Escape and Rage Room, providers of this alternative therapy form are sometimes grouping their offering with that other trending adult retreat — escape rooms. Presumably flustered customers who can't solve the complex lock puzzles can hit the rage room next.
Will "rage room" tickets be a trendy employee holiday perk this season? It remains to be seen, but at least you know what a "rage room" is, and what happens in there. Namaste.