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Top 3 Melbourne Places to Vent Your Frustration

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Published September 20th 2011

Let's face it, we all have our bad days. Those days when even your favourite things make you angry.

Your nerves are on edge, you've got itchy pressure points and you'll snap at the slightest thing, so how do you let it all out?
Obviously we're not all the same and we have different methods of venting our anger so I've put together three very different styles of release for all your angry bits.

Paintball. We've all heard about it, some have done it. Yes, it is a huge rush. Yes it is incredibly satisfying knowing that with every successful shot you increase your bragging rights over your friends. Yes it does hurt. And no, gentlemen, cricket boxes are not provided to protect your lolly-bag (you can, however, bring your own).

Because it's not cheap (your main expense is the ammunition), the best way to experience paintball is to organise a big group and make a day of it. That way the cost seems easier to bear. You'll have a lot of fun and all that pent up anger gets released in the form of 'gun art' you might call it.

If paintball isn't for you then consider the extreme opposite, meditation. Meditation allows one to explore a self-induced relaxed state. This doesn't mean you go along in order to catch up on some much needed sleep, indeed meditation can be quite an active experience that works to release tension throughout the body. It allows you to focus on your positive energy whilst dismissing the negative energy (such as stress and anxiety).

Then again, maybe paintballs too rough and meditation too slow for someone like yourself. Well there's an answer for you too. Volunteer.

A lot of us take much of what we have in this world for granted and forget to appreciate the little things. Maybe we're chucking a hissy fit because someone used our last staple or the mints we bought are green instead of blue. These are First World Problems.

So try volunteering. It'll help you appreciate what you have whilst helping someone who needs a hand at this stage in their life.

Either way it should help you get a perspective on what's important and help vent some of that nasty frustration.

If all this fails then it might just be best to buy a squeegee stress ball complete with happy face and squish and scream at it for a while. Try staying mad at that happy face. It's frustratingly difficult.

Happy venting.

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Why? Because we all need to let out frustration.
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Cost: Depends on activity
I like the first suggestion, but unfortunately my lack of co-ordination would mean I would end up covered with bruises without the satisfaction of having actually shot a person, rather than inanimate objects.

I'm not into football, but sometimes I think it would be good to be a Collingwood supporter and be able to scream inarticulate abuse at people without anyone really turning a hair. Even when not actually at the football.

Most of the time I usually just end up grinding my teeth. Or going out and dancing until dawn in the style of Bret from 'Flight of the Conchords'.
By Michaelie Clark - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 21st of September @ 03:41 am
Michaelie, grinding your teeth is a great suggestion, for those who don't have any left to grind however, I suggest choosing an alternative. Maybe grinding your gums?
By Old Writer - senior reviewer
Friday, 23rd of September @ 03:37 am
Are we back to Collingwood supporters? If so, that's a bit too subtle an outlet for them, surely.
By Michaelie Clark - senior reviewer
Friday, 23rd of September @ 04:40 am
I quite prefer swimming or rubics cube. A good game of chess against the computer that cheats is even more therapeutic. As you have to laugh when even the computer cheats.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Monday, 26th of September @ 08:37 am
I actually find it quite satisfying to take my frustrations out on inanimate objects while I'm doing the housework - banging around a few pots and pans in the sink (not anything breakable) or going outside to savagely peg out the washing works for me. I can also recommend going a few rounds with a punching bag in the privacy of your garage. I'm only hoping I have the opportunity to say "I told you so" to Collingwood supporters of my acquaintance after a Geelong win this Saturday :)

On a serious note volunteering certainly does help you keep it all in perspective, as anyone who helped out after January's floods can tell you. Those in Queensland who still have the urge to help can check out opportunities at
By Geraldine Massey - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 27th of September @ 09:44 pm
How about a plunge in the ice bath?...that's refreshing
By Anonymous
Friday, 30th of September @ 12:20 am
I would like to add, importantly, that you should NEVER squeeze a stress ball, it reinforces negative stimulation and as any psychology student knows you do not want that kind of reinforcement.

Do not squeeze a stress ball.

Do not.

Also paintball just makes you mad. And poor.

Mediation is good. Very good. Even if you're stressed because of lack of time, 5 minutes of solid mediation will help.

Volunteering. Yes.
By Anonymous
Monday, 10th of October @ 04:34 am
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