Why we need chill out rooms back
When rave culture was still in its infancy, chill out rooms were a common feature of club nights across the world. A place to decompress, socialise, rest and recuperate, they were an essential component for myriad events.
Today, largely due to financial limitations, chill out rooms have become a rarity. Many promoters prefer to maximise their profits by using every room at their events as a means of making money. But there are important non-financial and wellbeing reasons to bring chill out rooms back, here they are…
CALMS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The nervous system is responsible for regulating many of the body’s functions; essentially it’s your command centre. Taking time away from the loud music and intensity of the dance floor will help to recalibrate your nervous system, bringing you back into a more relaxed state.
There are countless people out there who experience social anxiety and difficulties being in crowded places. Chill out rooms give those people a chance to escape for a while, gather their thoughts and hang out in a space that feels a lot safer.
Dancing all night long can actually be counterproductive for your health. The rigours of stomping on the dance floor, perhaps not hydrating as much as you should, and ingesting substances can really take a toll. Grabbing chill time in a cosy environment is the perfect way to give your weary body a good, solid rest - in turn boosting your stamina.
The social side of raving is often cited as a key aspect of the lifestyle’s positive benefits, and, of course, humans are inherently social creatures. So making new friends, or bonding with existing ones, is great for our mental health and the chill out room helps facilitate social interaction.
PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
There are, unfortunately, many times when ravers (especially women) need to find a safe space away from the dance floor due to unwanted attention. Or perhaps someone has overdone it and they need to recover. This is where chill out rooms can really come into their own.
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