ANGSTVILLE — For one reason or another, or seemingly dozens of reasons, the world is tense right now.
Civil unrest, pandemics, murder hornets and much more are making 2020 a year that the entire world and the history books will never forget.
That means we all have feelings or anxieties that we are working through. Talking things out with those you trust, exercise, self-care and getting back to nature seem to be common coping mechanisms. But some of us need something more, something new.
Here is my suggestion — night screaming.
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It’s called Flogstavralet or the Flogsta roar, and it’s a decades-old tradition with university students in a specific cluster of student housing in Stockholm, Sweden. The roar happens every night at 10 p.m. when the students open their windows and scream into the night in order to relieve the pressures of the day.
"The Flogsta roar has become a tradition, an attraction and a much-needed valve for all those who sometimes feel that an anxiety jet can be beneficial for dealing with stress and demands in student life," is how the Google-translated description goes on the university’s website.
This video that shows an example of the roar is from 2013, but it feels too relevant to pass up.
So if your self-care is no longer doing the job and you just can’t take it anymore, I invite you to open your window tonight at 10 p.m. and scream into the void. Maybe another pressure-filled person will join you.