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“A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.” – Jane Fonda

October 12th is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. This brings back memories of college primal scream gatherings the evenings during finals. Yup, I was out there joining the crowd in releasing tension, taking a break from studying.

Reflecting on my experiences and seeing a notice about October 12th encouraged me to ask some questions.

What things make you scream?

Here are my thoughts in no particular order:

  • Extremely painful situations
  • Roller coasters
  • Being startled
  • Some frustrating situations
  • When needed help/assistance
  • Bad dreams/nightmares

Does screaming help?

When there is a threatening situation, it does alert others to the problem and could bring assistance to the person screaming.

It can a way of expressing fun and bringing others to join in. (It seems as though this applies to roller coasters and to little children at play.)

The short answer is yes it can relieve stress. I can tell you being in a group and not feeling alone in my frustration and tension helped relieve the stress. It was a social event. A 3 – minute break from the effort. but there ar other ways. (I’ll share alternatives in a moment.)

Is it safe to scream?

Screaming can damage the vocal folds. (No, this is not something to try to explain to your two-year old.) Loud, well supported sounds after vocal warm-up are safer. Just like an athlete, those who sing and speak as part of their work should do warm-up and stay hydrated.

What are my other options?

While the reason for screaming will inform your options, here are just a few for dealing with frustration.

  • Heavy sighs.
  • Playing it out on an instrument
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Stepping away from the situation for a moment

What others alternatives can you recommend for venting frustrations? Share them in the comments below.