With the constant stress of work, family drama, maintaining relationships, and the pressure to watch all these new Netflix original series before my friends spoil them, I’ve been starting to get overwhelmed recently. My therapist says I need a healthier way to deal with my anxiety, and I agree. While punching walls has always been my go-to, I’ve become intrigued by the practice of Transcendental Meditation, so I decided to compare the two.

Transcendental Meditation, or TM, sound a little hippy-dippy at first, but it’s been known to help reduce stress and maintain a sense of calm and balance. Basically, you spend 15-20 minutes twice a day with your eyes closed, focusing on a mantra. Sounds easy enough.

On the other hand, punching walls has proven to be very effective for me in the past. It provides instant relieve from the adrenaline that courses through my body any time I am faced with a stressful situation. It is extremely satisfying, and looking at the hole in the wall afterwards fills me with a sense of accomplishment.

Of course, both techniques have their downsides. TM requires classes before you can begin, and they can sometimes cost up to $1,000. Yikes. While constantly punching my walls is free, it does require money to buy the pictures I hang up to cover the holes. That can add up over time.

I guess what it comes down to is this: can I spare half an hour a day sitting with my eyes closed and breathing calmly, or am I okay with saving that time but living with perpetually bloody knuckles? With my busy lifestyle, I think the answer is clear. 

Apologies to my roommate, but we are definitely not getting our security deposit back.

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