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Helpful Tips to Deal With Rage

By Stephen R. Farris

It's late in the workday towards the end of the week. You've been working on an important project, spending all of your time and energy getting everything right to present it to your boss by Friday afternoon. 

So Friday comes and you're proud of how everything turned out. You're excited and can't wait to see how the boss is going to react from all of your hard work and dedication you put into this project. When the moment comes, he/she tells you -- without even looking at your work -- that the project has been scrapped and another will take its place beginning next week.

At that moment -- although you can't outwardly express it -- you're burning up with rage on the inside to the point of screaming to the top of your lungs. But you're at work, and that sudden outburst could come with consequences.

But keeping that rage bottled up is not exactly good for your health, both mentally and physically. It could cause undue stress, or make your blood pressure elevate to higher than normal levels. 

Fortunately, there may be a way to hold that rage at bay and release it later. It seems there is a growing trend for places called rage rooms and scream clubs. It's where you can let out all that rage, or even break and smash things if you want, as long as you don't cause harm to anyone else. 

If your town or city doesn't have a rage room, you might talk your local junkyard dealer into letting you in and taking your rage out on an old junk car. Scream clubs, on the other hand, can be done in the privacy of your home and in group settings through the internet. Basically, you just scream. Yes, others can hear you and you can hear them.

So is this a good idea? According to research, there are several benefits. Here are a few:

  • The sense of empowerment
  • Safe outlet to express yourself
  • You're not being judged
  • Positive motivational tool
  • Could improve relationships

According to the research, venting can be more beneficial, but with rage, that sometimes can get out of control.

Alternative rage therapy could come from participating in more calm exercises such as yoga and tai chi, which include controlling the way you breathe, thus helping you channel aggression out and producing a more calming effect. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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