Stressed Workers Can Relieve Stress at South Dallas ‘Anger Room'

Forbes "Most Stressful Jobs" list prompts need for stress relief

Did you have a stressful day at work? According to the "Forbes 2016 Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs" list, the answer might be yes.

Forbes released their annual list back in January, polling workers across the country on a number of criteria.

Forbes judged how stressful their jobs were based on "physical danger, constant deadlines, travel required, working under public scrutiny, physical demands, environmental hazards, risks to one’s own life, and interaction with the public at large. Salary and duration of time spent on the job was considered as well."

The Forbes 2016 Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs are as follows:

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Arline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event Coordinator
  6. PR Executive
  7. Senior Corporate Executive
  8. Broadcaster
  9. News Reporter
  10. Taxi Driver

According to Debra Iversen, a counselor with Texas Health Resource, more people are working longer hours and continue to take their work home with them.

"The phone never stops ringing,” said Iversen. “People need to un-plug when they are at home. Its not just the stress at work that can cause a health risk, it’s the stress at work, which causes stress at home that can lead into their everyday lives. Stress can lead to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. It is important to find ways to de-stress, whether that is exercise, mediation, or reading a book.”

Counselors say spending an excessive amount of time on social media can often increase your stress or anxiety level. Experts suggest taking a hiatus from your smart phone periodically, especially when you are about to go to sleep and in the morning.

With all of the workplace stresses in mind, one North Texan has found a solution to releasing our stress - the "Anger Room."

Donna Alexander, the owner of the “Anger Room" in south Dallas, started the company in 2008 as way to help people relieve stress and anger. Alexander said when she lived in Chicago, she witnessed the impact chronic stress and unresolved anger had on her community.

For Alexander, the "Anger Room" is a way to provide an alternative to talking things out when you have a bad day. Alexander believes "sometimes it's better to just do what you feel and lash out when you need to."

The "Anger Room" is place where individuals or a group can reserve a room filled with old office furniture and electronics, and for 5-25 minutes are at liberty to break and smash as many objects as they would like.

For more information about the "Anger Room," visit their website here.

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