The COVID-19 pandemic has grimly vexed so many of us. But the key point here isn't what continues to trouble you, but how you're going to release all that pent-up gloom.

May I interest you in a place you go to let off that rage by destroying, shattering, battering and thwacking things? Yoga quietly achieves the same results as a "smash room," where it's noisy, physical and echoing with really bad language. I was mentioning this during my show. The one I spoke about is called Smash It 2 in Worcester.

So what do you say we get a few similar places to open for business on the SouthCoast? The one in Worcester, which charges anywhere from $25 to $250 per session, is in one of the old mill buildings, the same kind that New Bedford has plenty of.

They suit you up with protective gear and then take your choice: a metal baseball bat, a hefty sledgehammer, regular household hammer, various projectiles to throw, and I'll have to think more on whether or not you can bring in your personal greasy heavy metal chain.

We'd have a lot of belly laughs over what to name the business. It would be a different date night, for sure, but it sounds like fun and cathartic all at once. The fact is that a lot of us have endless stress that has built up over the past year, and that energy must find an escape or else it will move in permanently. Whether you achieve relief from busting up a room full of furniture, or meditate on a Yoga mat, think about ways you can unload your personal freight.

Off in the background, can you faintly hear Patsy Cline soloing, "I Fall to Pieces?"

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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