So another Christmas has come and gone, and 2020 is nearly over. How stressed would you say you are? And yes, we realise that this year the answer will most likely be very different from other years.
Depending on who we are and what we like, we have our own personal methods for releasing stress and negativity and energizing the body. Sweating it out at the gym, having a drink with friends at a bar, going clubbing, going to the movies, having a good laugh with friends and family are some of the pre-COVID preferences used by many to distress.
But 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year and many, if not all, of these more social outlets, have been severely curtailed.
So what are the options left to us? Has anyone considered screaming? I’m serious! Certainly, I have screamed internally in frustration many times but I have never considered actually letting loose my exasperation this way out loud.
Iceland has come up with a novel way of allowing us to blow off some steam.
In July 2020, this innovative country launched the campaign ‘Let it Out’. People all over the world are encouraged to record their best screams on Looks-like-you-need-Iceland website and release them into Iceland’s beautiful landscapes.
It’s so easy: choose your preferred Icelandic landscape, take a deep breath, and scream away!
Supposedly, screaming is a therapeutic tool developed in the 1970s as a way to release pent-up emotion. It is definitely healthier to have a pressure release valve rather than store it all up. Stress-related illnesses are rampant in the ‘modern’ world. With technology, we multitask constantly, work in multiple timezones, and are almost always reachable. This means there is never any downtime at all.
Therapist and Mental Health Consultant, Zoe Aston, MSC, tells us that screaming into a wide, open undisturbed space ‘literally allows your amygdala (part of your brain that is activated under threat) to release the stress stored there and move forward.’
If you prefer, you can also listen to others who have recorded their screams. Personally, that makes me cringe a little. Although, instead of screaming on the inside the next time, I may consider letting it out.