A facility in Hanoi has been offering a unique service which allows customers to smash a variety of used objects to relieve their stress and anger.
As watching movies, playing sport, and traveling have become too much of a cliché, young people in the Vietnamese capital have been partaking in the ‘smashing trend’ when it comes to stress relief and anger management.
Such a service is offered at a facility named ‘rage room’ in Dong Da District, where four confined rooms are specially designed with various old objects, from glasses and bowls to televisions.
According to Nguyen Minh Thinh, owner of the venue, his previous life was full of stress, which could not be dealt with by common solutions.
As the rage room model has been quite popular in several developed countries, Thinh decided to open his own, which has received positive feedback from customers.
Thinh’s customers are mainly high school students and people around 15 years old and under.
Each client is required to pay VND198,000 (US$8.68) to be able to smash ten pottery items, ten glasses, and one electric appliance within a maximum period of 45 minutes.
The service also comes with complimentary water, towel, helmet, and protection gears.
Thinh asserted that all activities within the rooms are under close supervision and shall not harm anyone.
“Users of the service often take 10 to 15 minutes to express all of their anger,” the owner elaborated.
“Most of them said they felt better physically and mentally after spending time in the rooms.”
Nguyen Son, a frequent visitor of the rage room, said he often comes to the place whenever he is under stress.
“I cannot really explain that feeling, but I always feel much more comfortable after smashing the objects,” Son stated.
Dr. Lam Hieu Minh, a psychiatrist at the Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Center, considered breaking things a temporary solution for stress relief.
People can feel a boost in their mood after the action, but the effect is not good for one’s mental health in a long-term manner.
Meanwhile, Pham Thi Thuy, an expert on psychology, stated that there are other ways to solve short temper, namely drinking a glass of cold water, taking a deep breath, or distracting oneself with other activities.
As a permanent solution, people should change their way of thinking about their negative feeling into a more positive perception.
“We should learn to control our anger and our own feelings,” Thuy stated.