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Meghan Gallagher at the Rage Room event with a plate that she decorated before she smashed it.

Nadine Fox, staff writer

Having a bad day? A bad week? Does life ever feel too chaotic and if you don’t do something about it your head is going to explode? Do you ever
just feel so overwhelmed that you just want to break something? It’s getting to that point in the semester where things are starting to pile up and in addition to
life and our personal day-to-day stresses, it can be really difficult to handle.And well, if you said yes to all the following questions you have likely been feeling a bit heavy, and rage rooms are the up-and-coming way to release some of that pent-up energy.On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., Mercyhurst hosted a “Rage Room” event. This event held outside of the Student Union was intended for stressed-out students looking for an outlet to release some of their suppressed feelings. At the event, there were a variety of plates where students were encouraged to write some of their worries and stresses.One’s worries can range from
big to small problems because even the little things add up from time to time.Once the students finished addressing their fears, worries and stresses they were then at the end of the event able to smash the plate to let out some of that overwhelming amount of energy. Smash rooms and anger rooms are becoming a new
common way to help with anger management and give people the opportunity to help deal with their anger by letting it out.Rage rooms help provide a place that encourages us to let loose and release our anger when we live in a society where it is not always appropriate to share exactly what we are thinking and feeling.
Anger is one of those emotions we are often taught to bottle up because it is often associated with violence but sometimes as a society, we hold ourselves back from feeling angry that we do not allow ourselves to ever address that piece of ourselves.Anger is not always a bad thing, it can also be very beneficial sometimes in giving us a sense of empowerment. Anger can usually stem from a sense of helplessness and lack of control over a situation. So finding a way to channel
your anger, even briefly, can help you reclaim your emotions and feel more empowered. Even though violence is not the typical way to go about things, there are certain emotions you can not walk away from or run from and even though it may not be a permanent fix for those emotions it’s a way to tune into how you are
feeling, address it and to let off steam in a nonjudgmental environment.If you missed the event this past weekend, but are at all curious or interested in seeking some benefits from this event and want to tap into your deep emotions and let off some steam, there is one rage room in Erie called The Rage Room, located on West 12th Street.Over the next few years, there are bound to be more rage rooms in the Erie area due to its growing market.