Welcome back to crazy little things! I hope everyone is doing ok and if you are not, well that is ok too because you don’t have to be ok all the time as you are only human. So your favorite grumpy girl is back and todays post is going to be a bit different.
I am going to be doing a series of blog posts around alternative therapy, so instead of my usual emo introduction, I am going straight into it.
So I went a rage room a few weeks ago and it has really inspired me into looking at different ways of approaching therapy. I have gone to a few of the usual types of therapy including CBT and support groups. The support group was probably the most bizarre experience of therapy I have ever had. I went to a support group for social anxiety, yes I can see you rolling your eyes and I did too when my therapist said they were sending me on this. There were some bonuses, to be honest by the end of it. I did end up opening up to a couple of people but that was after weeks of sitting in a room of people refusing to look at each other in the eye, let alone talk to each other. There were panic attacks galore and every week I not only question my own sanity but also my therapists. In the end, the main thing I took away from it was, I was not alone. As in the same room as me was different people from different backgrounds with a common enemy. Which set off a train of thought. What else is there that is not what you would normally get in therapy that could help a person? So fast forward a few weeks ago after the rage room, that train of thought started again…
Rage the fuck out!
So me and my partner went to a place near me called Grange live Gaming and used their rage room. Even though I had booked it as a birthday present for my partner, I was just as excited to do it. So for 30 minutes, we had a mixture of glass bottles, bats, keyboards and monitors to smash the shit out of with some bats. Beforehand I had a music playlist ready, as you can hook up your own music to play as you are smashing, how cool is that! As well as that, I had mentally made a list of things in my head that I was going to visualize while doing it.
So after nearly 20 minutes of throwing bottles and destroying the items in front of me, I felt this huge relief wash over me and felt like in a short amount of time I had worked out so much built up anger I have had festering in me for years. I am not saying it is an option instead of typical therapies that are out there but I think as an added tool of when there are no words to express how you are feeling, it is a healthy alternative to penting it up. I spoke to a lovely woman who works there and explained my mental illness and she told me she used to come all the time for her anxiety and it made such a difference to her.
Mental illness and mental health are not straight forward so why should the tools we use to help deal with them and recover be straight forward, why not step out of the box!