For a long time, I considered screaming exercises to be a new-age practice—not my thing. I grew up in a home where screaming or even shouting was off-limits.
Screaming is a primal and universal sound humans generate voluntarily or involuntarily when they experience specific emotions. Vocalizing these emotions may help release and dispose of negative feelings. Another function of crying out loud is communicating to other humans a state of distress or an urgent need for help. In some cases, screaming can improve our chances of survival, but in other instances, it may expose us or be interpreted as a sign of weakness.
There are trauma therapists who use a ‘primal scream’ as part of a treatment.
How I exercise ‘scream out’
- I find a place with no one around.
- Breathe using nose inhales and mouth exhales.
- Inhale fully in 3 parts.
- Exhale while engaging my abdominal muscles and screaming out as loud as I can.
- Continue exhaling until my lungs deflate deeply.
After they rejected me in the audition to be the lead singer in a heavy metal rock band, I now practice my screaming as a breathing exercise.
During my daily walk, I pass through a vast field and then climb a hill. If no one is there, I squeeze out a primal, hearty, and horrifying scream.
Employing screaming as a tool to cope when experiencing a potentially traumatic event may positively impact how the event is registered.