Podcast Episode 101: Release Your Stress

    Feb 7, 2022

    I had a dream as a child–not to be a great scientist or an astronaut or a superhero; not to discover a cure for an incurable disease or go to the moon. No, my childhood dream–so much humbler than those–was to break dishes.

    To be clear, I was not an angry child, and I didn’t have anxiety issues. Ask anyone who knew me back then. I don’t know where this latent desire came from. All I know is that I remember fantasizing about going out to our driveway or the sidewalk with a stack of glass dishes, and smashing them on the ground, in one satisfying crash after another.

    Anyway, I saw an opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream around April 2020, when my cousin Emily and I were texting back and forth, in our “beginning of the pandemic distress,” saying that when things opened back up, we needed to go to a RageRVA, a rage room in our city, and release some pent-up anxiety.

    We did, and it was glorious.

    There are a number of ways to release ongoing pandemic stress, and we’ll investigate one of the most effective in this episode. It may or may not involve breaking dishes in a rage room.

    Listen in if you need a little release these days.

    Alexander, Heather. 6 Stress Relievers that Work. MD Anderson Center, April 2020.

    Jennings, Keri-Ann MS,RD. 16 Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety. Healthline, August 28, 2018.

    Rogers, John. Pandemic fever got you down? Smash up stuff at the rage room.
    Associated Press, February 11, 2021. https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/pandemic-fever-smash-stuff-rage-room-75838402

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