Can Screaming Help Relieve Stress?
We've all seen a movie or TV show where one of the characters is stressed out because they feel like their life is crumbling before their eyes. How do they usually deal with that stress? Some cry it out, others go to the nearest pub for a drink. But, a lot of them let out their pent up frustrations by yelling or screaming.
This past year was stressful for all of us. I don't know about you, but there's been a few times where I've wanted to climb to the top of a mountain and scream until my vocal chords gave out.
Good news, science says that screaming or yelling can provide some relief. It's kind of like how a good laugh helps you get out of the funk you're in when you're sad. Yelling can help you feel calm when you're frustrated. Psychotherapist, Alvi Klein says,
“I think every emotion that we feel has a kind of correlating action that goes along with it. It feels really good or even healthy to discharge that emotion.”
There used to be a thing called "Primal Scream Therapy" back in the 60's and 70's where experts used screaming as a way to tackle your psychological issues. Although, screaming may offer some relief, it doesn't take care of the problem completely. You have to get to the root of the problem and start there.
But for now, I give you permission to let out a "barbaric yawp" (Dead Poet's Society reference.)