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April 17
2019
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What a Puzzle Escape Room Taught Me About Stress

Sometimes, instead of getting away from and forgetting your stresses altogether, it’s good to step into a “practice arena” so you can figure out how to handle the situation causing the tension. One place you can go to get a fresh perspective is a puzzle room, also known as an escape room. These rooms are a great place to learn how to manage stress, and they teach you ways to cope in real life scenarios.

Puzzle Rooms Set the Tone

Going into a puzzle room is a unique experience because they are specifically designed to put you into a stressful situation. Each room is a combination of common stressors, with the addition of behavioral triggers that can increase the tension. You’re working under the pressure of a timer, but you also have to navigate the pressure of working together with people you may not know. These considerations, of course, are in addition to the confusing puzzles and clues you need to figure out. 

What You’re Taught

With so many types of stressors stacked on top of you, there can be a lot to learn from this amount of pressure.

  • Time Management: Because you have a timer to keep track of during your time in the room, it’s your responsibility to tackle time management skills. If you dwell on one puzzle or clue for too long, you’re wasting your own time and setting yourself up for failure. But if you put off solving something for too long, you lose any flexibility you could have left at the end of the timer.
  • Communication: You’re thrown into a room with a group of people, and sometimes you don’t know everyone on your team. It’s up to you to overcome the awkwardness you may feel and focus on clear, concise, and necessary communication.
  • Staying Calm: It’s easy to let everything overwhelm you and lose your head a bit both inside and outside the escape room, but this is an opportunity to practice control. In a puzzle room, you can learn to manage your reaction to stress because when you’re overcome by emotions, you can’t be efficient in handling the situation.

The science of escape rooms and what they can teach you based on their design is fascinating. If you want to learn more, check out this informative article.

How You Can Use It

No matter how old you are or where you are in life, it can be difficult to deal with stressful situations without feeling overwhelmed. But escape rooms can change that. If you’re a student, you can draw from the experience to utilize time management skills so you’re not overcome with frustration when homework and exams start piling on. As a parent or coach, you can learn effective communication and how to filter out unnecessary or unhelpful information so you can improve relationships with your kids or team. 

Book Your Puzzle Escape Room

A good quality escape room will work wonders for your stress management skills, and you’ll have fun doing it, too. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of a puzzle room for yourself, book with EscapeWorks Denver and learn how you can use one to your advantage!

The Reviews

  • review rating 5  Great escape room. Would highly recommend. Nice workers. Trace did an excellent job. Definitely plan on coming again. 👍

    thumb Holly Schmidt
    6/27/2019

    review rating 5  So many fun choices, a super safe place with a super professional and kind staff. The room I did was so much fun and planned down to the millimeter. My whole crew had a blast. I highly recommend it. No wait no fuss, treat yourself

    thumb gusgusgeol
    4/17/2019
  • review rating 5  The staff were very helpful and fun people. We did the beyond the flower shop room theme which was designed well even for our large group of 12 people, but I could see all group sizes enjoying this room. I appreciate the attention to detail to the escape room and the challenges placed throughout. The experience was worth it for our team-bonding event, and I highly recommend this for all types of people. Thanks for all the fun!

    thumb Melissa Rausch
    9/17/2019

    review rating 5  Very considerate and nice staff and a great time! My group was placed with two other people randomly and they kind of took over the whole puzzle. The employees pulled us aside to let us know what they saw and they wanted to make sure we had a great experience of our own so they gave us a coupon to come back another time. They were really helpful from beginning to end and it was super fun!

    thumb Ginger Swanson
    8/18/2019
  • review rating 5  Had a great work team retreat activity here. Loved the puzzles and escaping the "flower shop" (aka: 1920s speakeasy). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a team building exercise or just wanting to have fun.

    thumb Robert Bogan
    6/20/2019

    review rating 5  We did the "Outbreak" room at EscapeWorks in Denver and we LOVED it! This was my first time in an escape room and I will definitely be back. Alisha was our liason and she was SUPER helpful. What a fun night with my kids!

    thumb Karen Ashbeck
    8/11/2019
  • review rating 5  We had an excellent time!!! The staff was wonderful and very accommodating!! Malika and Trace were fantastic!! There was also another gentleman with a beard that has the BEST customer service!!! I'm sorry I cant remember his name... Very fun scenario!!! Thanks for a great time! We will absolutely be back for sure !!

    thumb Dhalia 1991
    6/30/2019

    review rating 5  My fiancee and I were vacationing in Denver and tried out the Egyptian Tomb with another group of 4. We escaped with 5 minutes to spare! Very good room layout and good props. Puzzles were challenging and rewarding once solved. I was not a huge fan of how they did the hints... usually you have 3 hints or whatever and you ask for a hint when you get stuck, instead they give you hints when they think you need it. Otherwise, our game master, Trace, was very helpful and personable. Overall, very satisfied with our experience!

    thumb Wes Cantrell
    6/09/2019
  • review rating 5  This was such a great place to go! It was our first escape room and they gave us a great experience! We will definitely be back to do other rooms! EVERYBODY should go here! They lock your phone and you have the key! Such a good friendly staff as well Jenn was such a great help!!! Overall a absoutly wonderful experience!

    thumb Nikki Schepp
    7/03/2019

    review rating 5  My experience here was awesome! Neb was very knowledgeable and very informative. You can tell he really cares about the customers experience! Thank you guys so much for a great time. Juan the manager is awesome as well!!

    thumb Kristen Barnes
    7/01/2019
  • review rating 5  We had a blast! We originally did the Casino Heist, however, there were some complications with the room. Dice and Emilia provided us with wonderful customer service and had us do Outbreak instead. We appreciated how much they cared about experience and we ended up having a great time. Highly recommend if you’re in the downtown Denver area and looking for some fun!

    thumb BreAnna Fraser
    9/16/2019

    review rating 5  Great price, staff is friendly. My friend and I had a blast and will definitely be coming back! Selina is an awesome game master! I highly recommend this activity!

    thumb Cheyenne Wetter
    9/17/2019
  • review rating 5  Went here as a small group recently and had a great time. Instructions from the staff were pretty clear at the beginning and helpful in their instructions in explaining how to try to solve the room. Trace was a great guide for this experience and would happily go again.

    thumb Nate Rogers
    6/10/2019

    review rating 5  Amazing escape room! I had a blast! The Casino Heist was one of the best I have participated in. Gen was an incredible host, super friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend!

    thumb Janeese Brooks
    6/10/2019
  • review rating 5  I rented beyond the flower shop room for my wedding party. We had a blast! The puzzles were challenging but fun. There was plenty of room for everyone to work on different puzzles at the same time. We got out with 2 minutes to spare. Shout out to Trace, he did a great job at only giving us hints when we needed it. I don't like it when they're too generous with the hints, takes the challenge out of the experience. This was my third escape room in Denver and I've used a different company each time. I would definitely come back here to try a different room.

    thumb M Hulsey
    8/26/2019

    review rating 5  Very considerate and nice staff and a great time! My group was placed with two other people randomly and they kind of took over the whole puzzle. The employees pulled us aside to let us know what they saw and they wanted to make sure we had a great experience of our own so they gave us a coupon to come back another time. They were really helpful from beginning to end and it was super fun!

    thumb Ginger Swanson
    8/18/2019
  • review rating 5  Juan was an absolute gem. We had such a great time. It was challenging, exciting, and a blast. Thanks again Juan for making our experience incredible, we will absolutely be back.

    thumb Claire Schultz
    8/18/2019

    review rating 5  Their flower shop was quite enjoyable, and Dana delivered with a lovely performance. Give her a raise 😁I've only done one room, but it was a great time. It was a bit challenging, yet did not feel too difficult for all levels of problem solving.

    thumb Caleb B
    6/26/2019
  • review rating 5  Came here for my birthday and it was a blast! Super nice people. We did the Casino Heist and it was definitely challenging but they did give us clues along the way. Can’t wait to go back!

    thumb Samantha Kendrick
    6/16/2019

    review rating 5  Troy and Tommy Bohan with my son Paul Garcia-Lance and myself had the best of times trying to get out of the Egyptian tomb. We were seconds away but fell short of solving the mystery and we’re buried alive. Thank you so much for an enjoyable evening and a special shout out to Taylor and Sierra who moderated our adventure ! We have to return for our group picture and another great adventure!

    thumb Susan Lance
    9/05/2019

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