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Is Smashing Things a Good Way To Relieve Stress? (Clients of the Anger Room Sure Think So)

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Have you ever had such a bad day that you just wanted to break something? Or maybe throw a piece of furniture across the room? Well, now a Texas entrepreneur has devised a socially acceptable way for you to spew your rage.

The Anger Room is the brainchild of Donna Alexander, who first launched the business out of her garage. Friends seeking to relieve stress would come over and take baseball bats to old junk in the room. When word got out about what they were doing, strangers began to show up and demand became too much to handle. That’s when Alexander decided to turn the Anger Room into a legitimate business.

Now when clients come to the Anger Room’s new location in a Dallas strip mall, they are decked out in safety goggles and helmets to protect themselves. They then enter a room filled with old furniture and electronics, arranged to look like an office, bedroom, or kitchen. Once inside, anything is fair game. You can smash, break, throw, and destroy to your heart’s content.

If you want, you can also take out relationship stress on mannequins. Alexander told a Dallas TV station that some customers “put pictures on them, write on them, and then they try to beat the crap out of them.”



Anger Room sessions are available in three time options: “I need a Break!”—$25 for 5 minutes; “Lash Out”—$45 for 15 minutes; and “Total Demolition”—$75 for 25 minutes. The rates are pretty affordable considering you don’t have to collect the items or do any of the setup and cleanup.

So what do you think SodaHeads? Is smashing things a good way to relieve stress?

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  • JAA Merhabi... 2012/05/14 03:19:46
    JAA
    I wasn't referring to the physical pain & suffering, but for the mental issues that led to the head smashing into your television. I'm glad there's not any lasting trauma.
  • Merhabi... JAA 2012/05/18 14:19:12
    Merhabi Daham
    +1
    What Mental issues? I r totes smatr lololololololololol!!!!1111!

    Seriously though, i have no mental issues that compelled me to ram that television, that i know of. My brother said i couldn't break glass with my head so...yeah. I proved him wrong. Now, i know for sure that headbutting things is a good idea if you use the right part of your head.
  • robertwnielsen 2012/05/13 19:02:17
    Yes
    robertwnielsen
    +2
    HULK SMASH!! :) Seriously, though, I would think smashing a bunch of old junk would be better to relieve stress than hitting someone else, or screaming loud, etc. Just my $.02 worth (if it's worth that much!!) XD
  • Mark Mercer 2012/05/13 19:00:39
    No
    Mark Mercer
    +1
    I seem to deal with 'Stress' by creating, not destroying.
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/05/13 18:57:55
    No
    SOUL4REAL
    +1
    Prayer and Meditation relieves Stress! Tearing and trashing things only destroy things,the problem is still there.If you focus on positive things as you pray and meditate,things will change for the good.
  • Mavii 2012/05/13 18:53:10
    Yes
    Mavii
    +1
    Of course! I mean sure, it'll cost ya, but sometimes it's worth it!
    angry smash
  • BreakingThrough 2012/05/13 18:51:10
    Yes
    BreakingThrough
    I've tried it first hand, multiple times. I'm a very calm person but sometimes things happen and punching the person out won't help anybody. I've tried it, and it doesn't make me feel any better. But smashing things does. Expecially if you have something that connects to your anger or stress.
  • Jay Calderone 2012/05/13 18:48:45
    Yes
    Jay Calderone
    wasteful and all, but genius
  • Sarah 2012/05/13 18:11:16
    Yes
    Sarah
    absolutely...works for me :-)
  • Lexi 2012/05/13 17:54:50
    Yes
    Lexi
    +2
    Yes, but it could lead to more violent things if they cant go to the anger room.....
  • relic 2012/05/13 17:43:11
    No
    relic
    +2
    I just go for a walk.
  • BloodMist 2012/05/13 17:43:10
    Yes
    BloodMist
    Or shooting stuff.Both in a game and real life.It's wonderful catharsis as the classic meme giver knows.

  • giggity giggity 2012/05/13 17:34:16
    Yes
    giggity giggity
    +2
    Such a good way! Or punching people.

    stress reliever punch
  • Abi 2012/05/13 17:27:23
    Yes
    Abi
    I love going home when I'm mad and just smashing old things like broken tv's,clocks,plates, chairs, etc. it is such a great stress reliever!!!
  • kobidobidog 2012/05/13 17:19:51 (edited)
    Yes
    kobidobidog
    +1
    I Got upset one time. I took boulders, and smashed them against other boulders. If nothing more it is great exercise that is extremely intense leaving you huffing, and puffing until you are forced to sit down because you are to tired to continue. No man made thing is harmed.
  • Melody 2012/05/13 17:17:28
    Yes
    Melody
    +2
    As long as those things are inanimate..
    but I don't think the mannequin is a good idea... I wouldn't want to hurt my friends/SO even in statue form ):
  • Aquaduck 2012/05/13 17:02:35
    No
    Aquaduck
    +1
    Depends. If it's a big problem you've got, smashing things will only relieve stress temporarily. If it's somethin small, yes it'd help :}
  • TopShelf® (oyo) 2012/05/13 16:52:29
    Yes
    TopShelf® (oyo)
    +1
    when i used to work construction,demolition
    jobs were the most popular among the workers.
    the cleanup is a mother,but,nothing beats the
    act of smashing walls and framework.
    sopranos
  • kmay 2012/05/13 16:45:33
    No
    kmay
    +2
    Prayer relieves stress.
  • Rubyking 2012/05/13 16:44:06
    No
    Rubyking
    +1
    you relieve stress with sex
  • BornToBeWild 2012/05/13 16:43:08
    No
    BornToBeWild
    +3
    It is a very short lived relieve that doesn't cure the problems causing all that stress in the first place! Relief in a destructive manner only exhibits a form of violence as a OK way defense or solvency. It does nothing towards improving their situation at hand!
  • The Potato Princess 2012/05/13 16:37:11
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/13 16:34:33
  • hannah 2012/05/13 16:26:44
    Yes
    hannah
    +2
    o hell ya! but only at that moment. a little while after i feel guilty haha
  • MissGates 2012/05/13 16:22:17
    Yes
    MissGates
    +3
    I need one of those rooms.... I sometimes feel like breaking things, but i don't want to break anything i own! At least the things in that room are old and no one wants them anymore.. It would feel so great to smash them :3
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/13 15:52:01
    Yes
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    I imagine it is, but you should choose something to smash that either is easily replaced or that you don't mind losing.
  • Becca 2012/05/13 15:42:03
    Undecided
    Becca
    +1
    I've personally never smashed anything out of frustration (save for trying to smash my phone against concrete due to bottled up anger once.. it survived with only a scratch somehow.) However, I know sometimes I feel like smashing things.. I should try it one day...then revert back to my old stress-relieving ways haha :)
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/05/13 15:26:16
    Undecided
    nightcrawler2005
    +2
    It can be but I prefer the much more traditional way to relieve stress. BUBBLE WRAP.
    Its far less destructive and cheaper with the same results.
  • nightcr... nightcr... 2012/05/13 15:29:26
    nightcrawler2005
    +1
    P.S. actually businesses like this have been around for a few years in Japan. I've saw stories about them on TV a few years ago.
  • Kirby 2012/05/13 15:12:45
    Yes
    Kirby
    +3
    Always make me feel better to smash something. I feels it's better than crushing the actual source of my frustration!
  • Riobhca 2012/05/13 14:50:15 (edited)
    No
    Riobhca
    +3
    When you give free reign to anger and aggression, you are not learning how to control it, how to control yourself or how to transform it into a more positive emotion. Also, studies have shown that giving free reign to anger can damage tiny blood vessels in the brain. Meditation on transforming anger into understanding is much better for your health and for society as a whole.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/05/13 14:43:47
  • Valerie© 2012/05/13 14:42:45
    Undecided
    Valerie©
    +1
    It feels good... Until you're vacuuming up the mess.
  • BOOGIE-WOOGIE-MUSIC-MAN-ROC... 2012/05/13 14:37:31
    Undecided
    BOOGIE-WOOGIE-MUSIC-MAN-ROCK-N-R
    +1
    Temporary relief from stress? this could be a lesson and property destruction, I don't know.
  • TiffanyBelle 2012/05/13 14:27:53
    Yes
    TiffanyBelle
    +5
    but in a safe and controlled way.
    Once upon a time when i was going through something terrible... i was packing the house to move and noticed a pile of glasswares to be donated (vases, coffee cups, random plates, etc.) and figured I could use these in a better way this 1 time. i took the box full out to the apartment dumpster and proceeded to hurl them along with a loud, primal scream into the garbage. with each shattering i felt less angry and by the end it was the release I needed at the time. it's the 1 and only time I felt that this was appropriate.
  • Cheese 2012/05/13 14:19:17
    Yes
    Cheese
    +3
    Reagan smash!, Reagan angry! Reagan sleepy..........
  • Kyle Cheese 2012/05/13 16:28:53
  • Flamingolady 2012/05/13 14:05:21
    Undecided
    Flamingolady
    +4
    In anger, I have thrown things. But usually unbreakable things like pillows, or books. Not much a fan of breaking stuff. However, if given a bat and a room full of junk, heck, who knows, it might be a new enlightenment! (Especially since hubby retired) cat with a baseball bat cat with a baseball bat
  • Becca Flaming... 2012/05/13 15:43:37
    Becca
    +1
    Sounds like me, I'd rather throw things across the room than to smash something.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/05/13 14:02:53
    Yes
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +5
    And it's legal unlike smashing who you'd really like to.

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