What if You Panic in an Escape Room?
Escape rooms are a fun activity to participate in with family, friends and even coworkers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll panic once inside. However, for anxious people or those prone to panic attacks, the idea of being locked in a room with only your critical thinking skills to help you get out can be daunting, to say the least. Luckily, that’s not how escape rooms work.
You can leave escape rooms if you need to, and you won’t really be locked in – it’s just something we say to add a bit of pressure to the challenge and increase the fun! If you’re nervous but curious, read up on escape rooms before you go so you can settle your nerves knowing exactly how it all works.
About Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are usually themed rooms filled with clues and puzzles that your group has to find and solve in your allotted time to get out of the room. At Escape Now! you have 60 minutes to work out each step to open the door within your group of 2 – 6 people in one of our three themed rooms:
- Sherlock’s Secret
- Haunted Hollow
While you’re in the escape room, your games master (who will introduce themselves at the beginning and remind you of the rules before shutting you in the room) will be watching over you and listening in, ready to give you tips over the radio if you’re stuck and making sure everybody inside is ok.
Can You Leave Escape Rooms?
Before you go into the escape room, you’ll place your belongings into a secure locker and be asked if you need to use the bathroom. If you suddenly have the urge to use the toilet once you’re inside, you don’t need to worry; the games master will let you out to go to the bathroom, and, unless you’re suspected of cheating, you’ll be allowed back into the room to help your group with the remainder of the clues.
If you suddenly become unwell, the games master will also let you out as soon as possible to ensure your safety and comfort. You should make sure the staff at the escape room know about any pre-existing medical conditions you have that might affect your ability to complete the escape room before you go in, so they can advise on which rooms are most appropriate and make sure any additional safety precautions are put in place.
If you have any of the following conditions, you should make the escape room aware in advance:
- Heart conditions
- Mobility disorders
This is by no means an exclusive list, so if you’re concerned about your well-being before you enter the escape room, check with the staff if you’re safe to continue. They can take you into the escape room to see the size and brightness of the room to ensure you’ll feel comfortable, and can advise against any horror-themed escape rooms for people with nervous dispositions.
Are Escape Rooms Ok for People with Anxiety?
People rarely panic in escape rooms, whether they have an anxiety disorder or not, because despite the pressure, they’re great fun! Escape rooms are full of clues and small puzzles (and red herrings!), so there’s plenty to think about and distract yourself with, so not only are escape rooms ok for people with anxiety and claustrophobia, but they’re a great way to distract yourself from the idea of being in an enclosed space, helping you overcome the challenges in the room and in your mind.
Furthermore, escape rooms generally aren’t scary experiences. There may be mood lighting in some rooms to properly fit the theme, but unless you’re going into a horror-themed escape room, the contents of the room won’t frighten you. Live actors are usually only in hybrid haunted house escape rooms, not ordinary rooms, and this will be clear on your booking.
Ultimately, however, the feeling of panic is largely out of our control, so in the rare case that you do begin to panic in an escape room, there are precautions in place.
What to Do if you Panic in an Escape Room
First things first: you aren’t actually locked in in most escape rooms, so if you panic, you can simply open the door and leave. Those that do lock the doors will have a panic button in the room so that in the case of an emergency, you can simply press the button and the doors will open so you can leave.
What’s more, the entire time you’re in the escape room, your games master will be looking and listening in, so if they see something is wrong, they can open the doors straight away and help the person who’s panicking or unwell, or you can simply say that you need to leave and they’ll let you out.
Sometimes our emotions can get the better of us, so you may feel better once you’ve left and decide you want to go back in, but it’s up to the games master to see if that’s the most sensible decision for you.
Are Escape Rooms Good for You?
As well as helping people with claustrophobia distract themselves and overcome their fear of enclosed spaces, escape rooms also have numerous other benefits.
One of the key factors that make escape rooms such a great team-bonding activity for coworkers, is that you need to have good communication skills to interact with your group members and help each other understand the clues you’ve found and solve the puzzles.
The puzzles themselves are a great workout for your motor skills; you need to use your memory and think on your feet to know what clues are relevant to help you solve the puzzles, as well as being spatially aware. Such brain training has been proven to reduce symptoms of dementia, showing that escape rooms really are good for your brain!
Escape rooms are also a great way of stepping out of your normal reality, away from the stresses of the world, and fully immersing yourself in a mental challenge. Successfully overcoming these challenges feels very rewarding as our bodies release “happy hormones” like dopamine that cause feelings of delight, so as well as proving you have excellent problem-solving skills, you’re also improving your mood!
Who are Escape Rooms for?
Essentially, escape rooms are for anyone who wants to have a bit of fun as a small group. Certain puzzles and brain teasers may be too advanced for young children, so under 16s should be accompanied by an adult, but the whole family can get involved and delight in finding clues and working out difficult conundrums.
You don’t need to have a really high IQ to do escape rooms; although some of the puzzles are similar to the critical thinking and problem-solving questions in IQ tests, it’s actually likely that participating in escape rooms will improve your IQ!
There’s also no specific trick to completing escape rooms, but having a diverse group of thinkers will stand you in good stead. We limit groups to a maximum of 6 people as too many cooks spoil the broth, as they say, and too many people won’t give you a good experience of escape rooms.
Likewise, it’s tricky to solve escape rooms alone, and you’d be missing out on the fun of solving problems together and working on communication skills with your friends, so it’s best to be in a group of at least 2 people.
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Escape rooms are still growing in popularity across the world, and we have one of the best and most affordable in the UK!
Choose from any of our three themed rooms and have a fun team-building exercise, a challenging birthday party with friends or a fabulous family outing with Escape Now!