Having a fear of enclosed spaces would seem to be an issue when faced with an activity whose entire premise is centered around being locked in a room for a set period of time. But in fact, the rooms at Room to Escape are set up so that even your fear won’t get in the way of having fun. Here’s why.
- Our doors are never really locked. All of the locks that you are tasked with unlocking are next to the door frame, for safety’s sake. In case of emergency, we don’t want anyone to be actually trapped. So if you go into the room and begin to panic, you are welcome to exit the room at any time. Your teammates will be able to continue working on their puzzles, and you can go back in when you feel calmer. Most times, though, claustrophobic individuals in our rooms never take advantage of the unlocked door because...
- ...The puzzles are a great distraction from your fear. Once you start noticing clues and putting the pieces together, you’ll forget about your anxiety about being “locked in.” Too many people to count have left our escape rooms after time was up, telling us all about how they didn’t even think about being trapped, because they were so focused on solving the locks.
- You’re in the room with people that you know. Usually, multiple groups of people don’t book the same room at the same time. And if that’s something that concerns you, know that you can always call and request that no one outside of your party books the room for that time. Being in a confined space with strangers is one of the leading causes of claustrophobia, but that problem can be eliminated here if you’re in the room with only the people that you came with. Knowing that your sister, or your boyfriend, or your mom, or your co-workers, etc, are there with you can really help to keep you calm and non-anxious.
- Doing escape rooms can actually help reduce your claustrophobia. Research has documented that anxieties can worsen when you avoid your fears. However, by accepting your fear and controlling it, you can reduce the amount of anxiety your fear causes. It’s the same with claustrophobia. If you expose yourself to it in small doses, closed spaces will bother you less and less over time. Escape rooms are a great way of doing so - much more fun than, say, shutting yourself up in an elevator.