When you're angry and stressed, what do you do? You scream at the top of your lungs in the middle of a football field.
At least that's what some Massachusetts moms did for a second year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The School of Mom" founder and mental health therapist, Sarah Harmon, gathered about 20 moms earlier this month at a high school field to scream their brains out, according to a Facebook post.
"We screamed. We yelled (A LOT) of profanities. And then we laughed," the post said. "And that’s the beauty of allowing yourself to feel and express an emotion."
Harmon told TODAY the idea of screaming came at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when talking to mothers about rage.
“I was educating them about anger and how underneath anger there’s so many more emotions — there’s sadness, there’s anxiety, there’s fear, there’s resentment — and they had no place to put it,” she told the outlet. "Moms were at home and not in community, and just struggling."
The first screaming event happened in March 2021. Many of the moms returned for this year's event and Harmon led them through five rounds of screeches.
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One scream was in honor of the moms who could not attend and the last one was to see who could scream the longest, according to the New York Times.
The winner, Ms. Buckley, screamed for about 30 seconds.
“I probably could’ve kept screaming,” the mother of two told the outlet. “It’s been a really, really tough time.”
According to a Facebook post, this year's scream session came after continued challenges with the pandemic and navigating school plan changes and cancellations.
"Kids bring structure and schedule and COVID has brought rigidity and intense restriction that only exacerbates that non existent spontaneity and letting go of control," another post said.
"So last night we let go of the control together. And wow it felt good."
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